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Vodafone found security flaws in Huawei equipment in 2011, 2012

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  • Vodafone found security flaws in equipment supplied by China's Huawei to its Italian business in 2011 and 2012, the two companies said.
  • Vodafone said it had found security vulnerabilities in two products and that both incidents had been resolved quickly.
A man walks past a Huawei shop in Beijing, China, March 7, 2019.
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Telecoms group Vodafone found security flaws in equipment supplied by China's Huawei to its Italian business in 2011 and 2012, the two companies said on Tuesday.

Vodafone, Europe's biggest telecoms group, said it had found security vulnerabilities in two products and that both incidents had been resolved quickly. Bloomberg reported the news first.

Huawei, the world's biggest producer of telecoms equipment, is under intense scrutiny after the United States told allies not to use its technology because of fears it could be a vehicle for Chinese spying. Huawei has categorically denied this.

Britain last week sought to navigate its way through the bitter dispute between the two countries, deciding to block Huawei from all core parts of its 5G network and restrict access to non-core parts.

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."

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Here's which leading countries have barred, and welcomed, Huawei's 5G technology

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  • Huawei has faced mounting political pressure as the U.S. asks other countries to block the Chinese firm's equipment from being involved in 5G networks.
  • Countries such as Australia and Japan have barred Huawei, but others like Germany and the U.K. haven't.
  • Some regions and nations are still trying to work out their approach to Huawei.