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Microsoft Finds Privilege Escalation, Code Execution Flaws in Huawei Tool

Microsoft researchers have identified potentially serious privilege escalation and arbitrary code execution vulnerabilities in a tool from Huawei. The vendor has released updates that should patch the flaws.

The security bugs were discovered after the kernel sensors in Microsoft Defender’s Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) product detected anomalous behavior associated with a Huawei device management driver.

Further analysis revealed that Huawei’s PCManager tool, which the Chinese tech giant provides for its MateBook laptops, has a vulnerability that can be exploited for local privilege escalation. The flaw, tracked as CVE-2019-5241, can be exploited to elevate privileges if an attacker can trick the targeted user into executing a malicious application.

During the analysis of this flaw, Microsoft researchers also uncovered CVE-2019-5242, a weakness in Huawei PCManager that can be exploited for arbitrary code execution. According to Microsoft, the vulnerability “allowed a...(continued)

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