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Security Advisory - Stack Overflow Vulnerability in Drive of Huawei Smart Phones

  • SA No:huawei-sa-20161215-01-smartphone
  • Initial Release Date: Dec 15, 2016
  • Last Release Date: Mar 22, 2017

There is a stack overflow vulnerabilities in touchscreen drive of some Huawei Smart phones. An attacker tricks a user into installing a malicious application on the smart phone, and send given parameter to touchscreen drive to crash the system or escalate privilege (Vulnerability ID: HWPSIRT-2016-11070).

This vulnerability has been assigned Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) ID: CVE-2016-8783.

Huawei has released software updates to fix these vulnerabilities. This advisory is available at the following link:

Product Name

Affected Version

Resolved Product and Version

H60 (Honor 6)

Versions earlier than H60-L02_6.12.16


P9 Plus Versions earlier than VIE-AL10BC00B356

Successful exploitation of the vulnerability allows attackers to crash the system or escalate user privilege.

The vulnerability classification has been performed by using the CVSSv3 scoring system (

Base Score: 7.8 (AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)  

Temporal Score: 7.2 (E:F/RL:O/RC:C)

1. Prerequisite:

The attacker tricks a user into installing a malicious application on the smart phone.

2. Attacking procedure:

An attacker tricks a user into installing a malicious application on the smart phone, and send given parameter to smart phone to crash the system or escalate privilege.

Smart phones that support 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 ADLab of Venustech and Zhu Bin from VPP Security Team and Pan Yu from 360 Vulpecker Team and was also reported by Wenlin Yang, Guang Gong(@Oldfresher), Hao Chen from 360 Alpha Team. Huawei would like to thank these researchers and teams for working with us and coordinated vulnerability disclosure to protect our customers.

2017-03-22 V1.1 UPDATED Updated the affected product list and fixed version

2016-12-15 V1.0 INITIAL

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