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Security Vulnerability In Huawei Equipment Was Found By Vodafone In 2011 & 2012

Security Vulnerability In Huawei Equipment Was Found By Vodafone In 2011 & 2012
Telecoms group Vodafone, the second largest telecom service provider of the world, claims to have identified security issues in the telecom equipment that it had purchased from China's Huawei for its business in Italy in two consecutive years of 2011 and 2012.
This was announced by the company on April 30.
Two telecom products that had been supplied by Huawei were found to have security vulnerabilities according to Vodafone, which is also the biggest telecoms group of Europe. The company however said that it had managed ot quickly resolve the issues in both the incident in both the years.
“The issues were identified by independent security testing, initiated by Vodafone as part of our routine security measures, and fixed at the time by Huawei,” a Vodafone spokesman said.
There has been intense pressure in recent times over Huwaei, which is the largest telecom equipment maker of the world, mainly from Western countries where in the primary allegation against Huawei is that its equipment can be used by Chinese agencies for spying as claimed by Washington. The company on its part has however denied all such allegations. The US has been pressurizing its allies to ban the company from their national 5G telecom networks.
Britain was also urged by the US to prevent Huawei from participating in the roil out of 5G technology. However the UK government last week gave partial clearance for Huawei to bid for the non-core area in telecom industry in the country, thereby trying to doge the tough stance taken by the US against the Chinese company.
Reports about the UK government said that it is still contemplating and discussing the about the pros and cons of making use of Huawei equipment in a future 5G network and it is expected that a decision would likely be announced sometime next month.
Huawei was pulled up for not addressing long-standing security issues in the UK by a government report in March and the claimed that in 2018, “several hundred vulnerabilities and issues” with the company’s equipment had been found by British security officials.
Huawei said it was made aware of historical vulnerabilities in 2011 and 2012 and that they had been addressed at the time.
"Software vulnerabilities are an industry-wide challenge," it said. "Like every Information and Communications Technology vendor we have a well-established public notification and patching process, and when a vulnerability is identified we work closely with our partners to take the appropriate corrective action,” said the company.
Despite assurances from Huawei, in January this year, use of equipment supplied by the Chinese company of Huawei for its core networks was paused by Vodafone. This is because the company is awaiting the granting of a complete security clearance to the Chinese firm by the Western governments.
The use of Telnet, which is a protocol that was commonly used by many vendors undertaking diagnostic functions, was the sources of the security vulnerability, Vodafone said.
“It would not have been accessible from the internet,” Vodafone said.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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