Huawei HiSuite For Windows Privilege Escalation

Type packetstorm
Reporter Benjamin Gnahm
Modified 2016-06-30T00:00:00


Vendor: Huawei,  
Affected Product: HiSuite for Windows  
Affected Version: <=  
CVE ID: CVE-2016-5821  
OVE ID: OVE-20160624-0001  
Severity: High  
Author: Benjamin Gnahm (@mitp0sh), Blue Frost Security GmbH  
Title: Huawei HiSuite Insecure Service Directory ACLs  
A privilege escalation vulnerability was identified in the Huawei  
HiSuite software which can be used by a local user to elevate  
privileges to become the SYSTEM user.  
The root cause of the problem are insecure ACLs on the HandSet service  
directory which allows any authenticated user to place a crafted DLL  
file in that directory to perform a DLL hijacking attack.  
Huawei has released software updates to address the issue. The full  
advisory with technical details is available at the following link:  
I. Impact  
If the HiSuite software is installed on a Windows system, any authenticated user can escalate privileges to become the SYSTEM user by placing a crafted DLL file in the HiSuite service directory and triggering or waiting for the next system reboot.  
II. Technical Details  
Huawei HiSuite is a mobile synchronization software that helps mobile phone users to manage their mobile phones. It handles contacts, media and all installed applications. It also has some backup functionality.  
HiSuite installs a Windows service called HuaweiHiSuiteService64.exe which is running as SYSTEM. The service binary of the same name is located in the directory "C:\ProgramData\HandSetService\".  
The ACLs set on this directory allow any authenticated user to create new files as can be seen by the FILE_WRITE_DATA access right below:  
C:\>cacls c:\programdata\HandSetService  
c:\programdata\HandSetService NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM:(OI)(CI)(ID)F  
BUILTIN\Users:(CI)(ID)(special access:)  
When the service is started it tries to load several non-existing DLL files from the service directory such as SspiCli.dll or USERENV.dll.  
A user can place a malicious DLL file with one of the expected names into that directory and wait until the service is restarted. The service can not be restarted by normal users but an attacker could just reboot the system or wait for the next reboot to happen.  
Afterwards his malicious DLL file would be loaded by the service which is running with SYSTEM privileges which would give the attacker full control over the machine.  
III. Mitigation  
Software update HiSuite (Out of China) or HiSuite (China) should be installed. Alternatively the ACLs on the service directory should be adjusted to prevent normal users from writing to this directory.  
IV. Disclosure Timeline  
Contacted Huawei PSIRT Team and sent the advisory  
Huawei confirmed the receipt of the advisory and started analysis  
2016-05-27 Requested status update  
Requested status update again  
2016-06-14 Huawei announced that the fix will happen in June  
2016-06-24 Huawei released updated software versions and security advisory at:  
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