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Security Advisory - Privilege Escalation Vulnerability in Some Huawei APKs

  • SA No:huawei-sa-20170901-01-smartphone
  • Initial Release Date: 2017-09-01
  • Last Release Date: 2017-09-01

Some Huawei APKs have a privilege elevation vulnerability due to improper design. An attacker can trick users into installing a malicious app which can send out HTTP requests and execute JavaScript code in web pages without obtaining the Internet access permission. Successful exploit could lead to resource occupation or information leak. (Vulnerability ID: HWPSIRT-2017-06246)
This vulnerability has been assigned a CVE ID: CVE-2017-8153.
Huawei has released software updates to fix this vulnerability. This advisory is available at the following link:
http://www.huawei.com/en/psirt/security-advisories/huawei-sa-20170901-01-smartphone-en

Product Name

Affected Version

Resolved Product and Version

VMall (for Android)

The versions before VMall 1.5.8.5

Upgrade to VMall 1.5.8.5


Successful exploit could lead to resource occupation or information leak.

The vulnerability classification has been performed by using the CVSSv3 scoring system (http://www.first.org/cvss/specification-document).

Base Score: 4.4 (AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:L/I:N/A:L)
Temporal Score: 4.1 (E:F/RL:O/RC:C)
This vulnerability can be exploited only when the following conditions are present:
The attacker has successfully tricked the target user into installing the malicious mobile phone app.
Vulnerability details:
An attacker can trick users into installing a malicious app which can send out HTTP requests and execute JavaScript code in web pages without obtaining the Internet access permission. Successful exploit could lead to resource occupation or information leak.

The product that supports automatic update will receive a system update prompt. You can install the update to fix the vulnerability.

This vulnerability was reported to Huawei PSIRT by Erez Yalon of Checkmarx. Huawei would like to thank Erez Yalon for working with us and coordinated vulnerability disclosure to protect our customers.

2017-09-01 V1.0 INITIAL

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