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Security Advisory - Stack Overflow Vulnerability in Baseband Module of Some Huawei Smart Phones

  • SA No:huawei-sa-20171125-01-baseband
  • Initial Release Date: Nov 25, 2017
  • Last Release Date: May 22, 2018

The baseband modules of some Huawei smart phones have a stack overflow vulnerability due to the lack of parameter validation. An attacker could send malicious packets to the smart phones within radio range by special wireless device, which leads stack overflow when the baseband module handles these packets. The attacker could exploit this vulnerability to perform a denial of service attack or remote code execution in baseband module. (Vulnerability ID: HWPSIRT-2017-11022)
This vulnerability has been assigned a CVE ID: CVE-2017-15311. 
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-20171125-01-baseband-en

Product Name

Affected Version

Resolved Product and Version

Honor 5C

The versions before NEM-AL10C00B202

NEM-AL10C00B202

Honor 6X

The versions before Berlin-AL10AC00B380

Berlin-AL10AC00B380

The versions before Berlin-AL20BC00B380

Berlin-AL20BC00B380

Honor 7X

The versions before Bond-AL00CC00B182

Bond-AL00CC00B182

The versions before Bond-AL10BC00B182

Bond-AL10BC00B182

Honor 8 Lite

The versions before Prague-AL00AC00B211

Prague-AL00AC00B211

The versions before Prague-AL00BC00B211

Prague-AL00BC00B211

The versions before Prague-AL00CC00B211

Prague-AL00CC00B211

Honor V9

The versions before Duke-AL20C00B208

Duke-AL20C00B208

Honor9

The versions before Stanford-AL00C00B201

Stanford-AL00C00B201

The versions before Stanford-AL10C00B201

Stanford-AL10C00B201

The versions before Stanford-AL20C00B201

Stanford-AL20C00B201

MAIMANG 6

The versions before Rhone-AL00C00B168

Rhone-AL00C00B168

Mate 10

The versions before ALP-AL00B 8.0.0.125(SP3C00)

ALP-AL00B 8.0.0.125(SP3C00)

Mate 10 Pro

The versions before BLA-AL00B 8.0.0.125(SP3C00)

BLA-AL00B 8.0.0.125(SP3C00)

Mate 9

The versions before MHA-AL00B 8.0.0.334

MHA-AL00B 8.0.0.334

Mate 9 Pro

The versions before LON-AL00B 8.0.0.334

LON-AL00B 8.0.0.334

Nova 2

The versions before Picasso-AL00C00B180

Picasso-AL00C00B180

Nova 2 Plus

The versions before Barca-AL00C00B180

Barca-AL00C00B180

P10

The versions before Victoria-AL00A 8.0.0.321

Upgrade to Victoria-AL00A 8.0.0.321

P10 Lite

The versions before Warsaw-AL00C00B231

Upgrade to Warsaw-AL00C00B231

P10 Plus

The versions before Vicky-AL00A 8.0.0.321

Upgrade to Vicky-AL00A 8.0.0.321



The attacker could exploit this vulnerability to perform a denial of service attack or remote code execution in baseband module.

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

Base Score: 8.1 (AV:A/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:H/A:H)
Temporal Score: 7.5 (E:F/RL:O/RC:C)
This vulnerability can be exploited only when the following conditions are present:
The attacker should be within radio range to vulnerable smart phone.
Vulnerability details:
An attacker could send malicious packets to the smart phones within radio range by special wireless device, which leads stack overflow when the baseband module handles these packets. The attacker could exploit this vulnerability to perform a denial of service attack or remote code execution in baseband module.

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 Tencent Keen Security Lab.

2018-05-22 V1.2 UPDATED Updated the "Software Versions and Fixes" section;
2017-11-30 V1.1 UPDATED Updated the "Software Versions and Fixes" section;
2017-11-25 V1.0 INITIAL

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