Vodafone found security errors in Huawei equipment in 2011, 2012

FILE PHOTO: The Huawei logo is seen on the showroom in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China March 29, 2019. REUTERS / Tyrone Siu / File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) ̵[ads1]1; Telekom Group Vodafone found safety faults in equipment Supplied by China's Huawei to its Italian business in 2011 and 2012, the two companies said Tuesday.

Vodafone, Europe's largest telecom group, said it had found security issues in two products and that both events were resolved quickly. Bloomberg reported the news first.

Huawei, the world's largest producer of telecommunications equipment, is under intense scrutiny after the United States told Allies not to use the technology for fear that it could be a Chinese spy vehicle. Huawei has categorically denied this.

The United Kingdom last week sought to navigate its way through the bitter conflict between the two countries, and decided to block Huawei from all the core areas of its 5G network and restrict access to non-core parts.

Huawei said it was made aware of historic vulnerabilities in 2011 and 2012 and that they had been addressed at that time.

"Software vulnerabilities are an industry challenge," it said. "As all providers of information technology and communications technology, we have a well-established public alert and patching process, and when a vulnerability is identified, we work closely with our partners to take the necessary corrective action."

Reporting by Kate Holton and Jack Stubbs, Editing by Louise Heavens

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