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Security Advisory - DOS Vulnerability in ION Memory Management Module of Huawei Smart Phone

  • SA No:huawei-sa-20161026-01-smartphone
  • Initial Release Date: Oct 26, 2016
  • Last Release Date: Oct 26, 2016

A denial of service (DoS) vulnerability exists in the ION memory management module of some Huawei mobile phones. An attacker may trick a user into installing a malicious app to send specific parameters to a Huawei mobile phone. Successful exploit could cause the system to restart.(Vulnerability ID: HWPSIRT-2016-09031)

This vulnerability has been assigned CVE ID: CVE-2016-8756.

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-20161026-01-smartphone-en

Product Name

Affected Version

Resolved Product and Version

Mate8

NXT-AL10C00B197 and earlier versions

NXT-AL10C00B301[1]

NXT-DL10C00B197 and earlier versions

NXT-DL10C00B301[1]

NXT-TL10C00B197 and earlier versions

NXT-TL10C00B301[1]

NXT-CL10C00B197 and earlier versions

NXT-CL10C00B301[1]

[1] End user will receive a system update prompt. The vulnerability will be fixed after users install the update.

An attacker can exploit the vulnerability to cause the system to restart.

The vulnerability classification has been performed by using the CVSSv2 scoring system (http://www.first.org/cvss/).

Base Score: 4.0 (AV:L/AC:H/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C)

Temporal Score: 3.3 (E:F/RL:O/RC:C)

1. Prerequisite: 
The attacker successfully tricks a user into installing a malicious application on the smart phone.

2. Attacking procedure:  

A DoS vulnerability exists in the ION memory management module of some Huawei mobile phones due to the lack of parameter validation. An attacker may trick a user into installing a malicious app to send specific parameters to a Huawei mobile phone. Successful exploit could cause the system to restart.

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 disclosed by Hang Zhang, Dongdong She and Zhiyun Qian from University of California, Riverside. Huawei would like to thank Hang Zhang, Dongdong She and Zhiyun Qian for working with us and coordinated vulnerability disclosure to protect our customers.

2016-10-26 V1.0 INITIAL

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