Huawei has found some security vulnerabilities in four of its high-end smartphones, the P9, P9 Plus, Mate 8 and Mate 9 and it promised to fix them in the upcoming software updates. While one of the issues has been solved, it’s not sure when the fix will be available for the rest.
Vulnerability CVE-2017-2711 that was found in the Huawei P9 Plus could allow hackers to crash the device by tricking users to download some malicious application, but Huawei has closed the hole in firmware version VIE-AL10C00B352. The developers have discovered a second vulnerability (CVE-2017-2703) in the P9 and Mate 9, and it could allow attackers who have access to these phones to bypass the Phone Finder app and get in the System Settings menu. But the issue was fixed in the MHA-DL00BC00B156 update for the Mate 9, while the P9 is about to receive the EVA-AL10C00B373 update.
As for the third vulnerability (CVE-2017-2698), it was found in rooted P9 and Mate 8 smartphones and it allows attackers to run a malicious code in order to crash them. Huawei has patched it in the NXT-AL10C00B386 update for the Mate 8, while the P9 is preparing to receive the EVA-AL10C00B373 update.
All exploits that were listed above were fixed in updates that are expected to hit all four phones soon. There is no temporary fix for them, so users should wait patiently until the patches will be released for the P9, P9 Plus, Mate 8 and Mate 9. Also, as a precaution, it’s recommendable to not let people you don’t trust to download and install applications on your phone.
On the other hand, we must inform the owners of the Honor 8 that the global roll-out of EMUI 5.0 based on Android 7.0 Nougat has just started for the unlocked units in Japan. The update weighs in at 2.23GB and it comes with system-related optimizations, better app versatility and other improvements.
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