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Friday, August 10, 2012

Huawei Proved Full of Vulnerabilities

One of the German security researchers found out that the routers of telecom company Huawei were full of exploits.

Felix Lindner, a security researcher, explained that the routers were relatively cheap if compared to its competitors on the market, and they therefore were rapidly becoming popular across the world. He revealed that Huawei VRP routers used 1990s-style code, which means that the hackers could use known vulnerabilities in order to open up systems and effectively act as administrators.

Answering the allegation that Huawei intentionally included backdoors in its equipment, the researcher dismissed the idea, saying that they simply didn’t need to. Indeed, all you need is to have Huawei people running your network or help run your network. In fact, if you have so many vulnerabilities, they can become the best form of attack vector.

Regardless of the Huawei’s attempts to ease American paranoia about its equipment being part of a China-sponsored coup, it looks like the telecom company will always arouse suspicion. Anyway, whatever their intentions are, at the moment Huawei and the other Chinese networking giant, ZTE, have to put up with a stigma that has been nailed to them by the Europe.

Despite the fact that the allegations weren’t about national security, the Commerce Ministry of China has recently felt compelled to stick up for Huawei and ZTE, against the European Union. In the meantime, Mike Rogers, the US House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee panel chairman, publicly expressed worries that Huawei and ZTE equipment could be developed with the purpose of stealing data or establishing the very ability to run online attacks. In addition, he believes the local government provides subsidies to let the equipment be sold cheaper.

In response, a spokesperson for Huawei in the United Stats, when asked about the exploits, told in the interview that the company is aware of the media reports on security exploits in some small Huawei routers, and is currently busy with verifying these claims. The company claims to be adopting rigorous security strategies and policies to protect the network security of its clients and abides by industry standards and best practices in security risk and incident management.

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