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Security Advisory - Multiple Vulnerabilities in Huawei Smart Phones

  • SA No:huawei-sa-20160520-01-smartphone
  • Initial Release Date: May 20, 2016
  • Last Release Date: Aug 24, 2016

Huawei smart phones have two authentication bypass vulnerabilities. An attacker may tricks users into installing a malicious app, and the app could exploit these vulnerabilities to bypass the permission checks, controlling partial module functions (Vulnerability ID: HWPSIRT-2016-03013), and deleting partial data of users (Vulnerability ID: HWPSIRT-2016-05018).

Huawei smart phones have a buffer overflow vulnerability. An attacker may tricks users into installing a malicious app, and the app could exploit this vulnerability to crash the system. (Vulnerability ID: HWPSIRT-2016-05019)

Vulnerability HWPSIRT-2016-03013 has been assigned Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) ID: CVE-2016-5230.

Vulnerability HWPSIRT-2016-05018 has been assigned Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) ID: CVE-2016-5231.

Vulnerability HWPSIRT-2016-05019 has been assigned Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) ID: CVE-2016-5232.

Huawei has released software updates to fix these vulnerabilities. This advisory is available at the following link:
http://www.huawei.com/en/psirt/security-advisories/huawei-sa-20160520-01-smartphone-en

Product Name

Affected Version

Resolved Product and Version

Mate8

Versions earlier than NXT-AL10C00B182

NXT-AL10C00B182

Versions earlier than NXT-CL00C92B182

NXT-CL00C92B182

Versions earlier than NXT-DL00C17B182

NXT-DL00C17B182

Versions earlier than NXT-TL00C01B182

NXT-TL00C01B182


HWPSIRT-2016-03013:

Successful exploit could control partial module functions.

HWPSIRT-2016-05018:

Successful exploit could allow the attacker to gain elevated privilege to delete partial data of users.

HWPSIRT-2016-05019:

Successful exploit could allow the attacker to crash the system.

HWPSIRT-2016-03013:

Base Score:3.7 (AV:L/AC:H/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)

Temporal Score:3.1 (E:F/RL:O/RC:C)

HWPSIRT-2016-05018:

Base Score:2.6 (AV:L/AC:H/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:P)

Temporal Score:2.2 (E:F/RL:O/RC:C)

HWPSIRT-2016-05019:

Base Score:3.8 (AV:L/AC:H/Au:S/C:N/I:N/A:C)

Temporal Score:3.2 (E:F/RL:O/RC:C)


HWPSIRT-2016-03013:

1. Prerequisite:

An attacker successfully tricks users into installing a malicious app.

2. Attacking procedure:

An attacker could leverage the malicious app to bypass the permission check, controlling partial module functions.  

HWPSIRT-2016-05018:

1. Prerequisite:

An attacker successfully tricks users into installing a malicious app.

2. Attacking procedure:

An attacker could leverage the malicious app to bypass the permission check, deleting partial data of users.

HWPSIRT-2016-05019:

1. Prerequisite:

a)An attacker successfully tricks users into installing a malicious app.

b)The malicious app has permissions of some modules.

2. Attacking procedure:

An attacker could leverage the malicious app to craft and send malformed message to crash the system.

Customers should contact Huawei TAC (Huawei Technical Assistance Center) to request the upgrades. For TAC contact information, please refer to Huawei worldwide website at http://www.huawei.com/en/psirt/report-vulnerabilities.

This vulnerability was discovered by Huawei internal tester.

2016-08-24 V1.1 UPDATED Added CVE ID

2016-05-20 V1.0 INITIAL

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