Windows 10 Huawei MateBook laptops have major security flaws

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Hackers have targeted Windows 10 PCs once again compromising the kernel’s security. Microsoft spotted a local privileged execution vulnerability that existed in the Huawei PC Manager driver software.

So, if you own a Huawei MateBook Windows 10 laptop, install the latest updates as soon as possible to patch the security vulnerability.

The patch was released in January

Microsoft uncovered this high-level local privilege escalation threat in the Huawei PC Manager driver program a few months ago. The flaw existed only in the Windows 10 MateBook laptops.

The good news is that a patch to fix this flaw was released in January. However, it’s only now that the company officially acknowledged the problem.

These days, attackers are targeting third-party kernel drivers in order to reach the Windows kernel.

They use an expensive zero-day kernel exploit. The Windows 10 October 2018 Update introduced the new kernel sensors that have identified the flaw in Huawei software.

Windows Defender ATP will detect similar flaws in the future

Microsoft launched an investigation because most of the Windows 10 devices received Defender ATP alerts through the Huawei’s PC Manager.

Later on, the researchers spotted the executable MateBookService.exe as a result of the investigation. The attackers were able to gain elevated privileges by creating a malicious instance of MateBookService.exe.

Keep in mind that this type of vulnerability can compromise your entire machine. Huawei warned MateBook users that the flaw enabled the attackers to trick them into running a malicious app.

The news has been devastating for Huawei as the company has been already under accusations to be working for the Chinese government.

Microsoft is of the opinion that the Defender ATP will be able to detect similar security flaws in the future. Thus, the service has proved to be extremely valuable for Windows users.


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