Huawei fixes MateBook software following vulnerability

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Huawei has revealed that it patched a flaw in its MateBook laptops that could have been used by hackers or other third-parties to take control of a user's system.

The software bug was first discovered by Microsoft while investigating an alert raised by Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection's kernel sensors.

Microsoft notified Huawei of the flaw upon its discovery in January and the Chinese hardware giant quickly corrected it.

Computer security expert at Surrey University, Professor Alan Woodward explained to The BBC that the flaw resembled the type of backdoors the NSA creates to spy on targets' computers, saying:

"It was introduced at the manufacture stage but the path by which it came to be there is unknown and the fact that it looks like an exploit that is linked to the NSA doesn't mean anything. It could be organised crime gangs, which are increasingly interfering with the supply chain, or it could be someone playing geo-politics to discredit Huawei. There is no evidence that the company has done anything malicious or any evidence they were under pressure from the state."

Security concerns

Huawei is already facing a wave of international pressure over how its devices could be used by the Chinese government to spy on the West. This has led some governments such as the US to ban the firm's equipment from being used while the UK is still considering such a ban

Professor Woodward also raised the point that the security flaw found in Huawei's MateBook laptops is going to do little to help the company's case or reduce spying concerns.

Huawei's networking equipment has the potential to play a huge part in the global rollout of 5G networks though the chaos that could be caused by their disruption has led many to be worried about the company supplying this technology.  

Via The BBC

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Anthony Spadafora

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.