Vodafone found security vulnerabilities in Huawei equipment in 2011 & 2012

While software vulnerabilities are a common occurrence and Huawei was quick to patch them, what the Chinese telecom equipment maker keeps side stepping is the fact that it cannot avoid being a vehicle for Chinese intelligence since it has to comply to China’s 2017 cybersecurity law.

On Tuesday, Europe’s biggest telecom group Vodafone stated, it had found security flaws in equipment supplied by China’s Huawei to its Italian business in 2011 and 2012.

Both incidents had been resolved quickly.

China’s Huawei, is under intense scrutiny for its ties with China’s ruling party and because of reports by intelligence agencies that it could be a vehicle for Chinese espionage.

Although Huawei has in multiple occasions denied this, in 2017, China passed a cybersecurity law that compels domestic companies and citizens to spy on Beijing’s behalf.

Britain has sided with the U.S. and has decided to block Huawei from all core parts of its 5G network and restrict access to non-core parts.

“Software vulnerabilities are an industry-wide challenge,” said Huawei. “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.”

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