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Security Advisory - DoS Vulnerability in SMS Module of Some Huawei Smart Phones

  • SA No:huawei-sa-20180629-01-smartphone
  • Initial Release Date: 2018-06-29
  • Last Release Date: 2018-06-29

There is a Denial of Service (DoS) vulnerability in the Short Message Service (SMS) module of some Huawei smart phones. An unauthenticated attacker may set up a pseudo base station, and send special malware text message to the phone, causing the mobile phone to fail to make calls and send and receive text messages.
(Vulnerability ID: HWPSIRT-2017-11061)
This vulnerability has been assigned a CVE ID: CVE-2017-17175.
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-20180629-01-smartphone-en

Product Name

Affected Version

Resolved Product and Version

Mate 9 Pro

The versions before LON-AL00B 8.0.0.354(C00)

LON-AL00B 8.0.0.354(C00)


An attacker may exploit this vulnerability to make the phone not being able to use the function of call and message.

The vulnerability classification has been performed by using the CVSSv3 scoring system (http://www.first.org/cvss/specification-document).
Base Score: 6.5 (AV:A/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H)
Temporal Score: 6.0 (E:F/RL:O/RC:C)
This vulnerability can be exploited only when the following conditions are present:
The attacker should set up a pseudo base station and be within radio range to vulnerable smart phone.
Vulnerability details:
There is a DoS vulnerability in the SMS module of some Huawei smart phones. An unauthenticated attacker may set up a pseudo base station, and send special malware text message to the phone, causing the mobile phone to fail to make calls and send and receive text messages.

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

This vulnerability was discovered by Huawei internal tester.

2018-06-29 V1.0 INITIAL

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