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OnePlus left a backdoor in its devices capable of root access

14 November 2017, 11:38 | Marlene Myers

OnePlus comes under scanner over the issue of users’ privacy

OnePlus comes under scanner over the issue of users’ privacy

According to a Twitter user Elliot Alderson, some of OnePlus devices come with EngineerMode APK app pre-loaded on them, which acts as a backdoor, giving people root access without the need for unlocking the phone.

OnePlus likely kept Engineer Mode installed on the devices because it assumed it was secure and would remain unnoticed, given that the app is hidden behind a password. It is actually a modified version of a testing application created by Qualcomm. The developer also stated that deploying the "DiagEnabled" activity found in the APK with a specific password, it is possible to root the device. Now, another potential threat has arisen on OnePlus devices as an app on several of the company's phones has been revealed to carry root access. The user can access manual tests like root status test, Global Positioning System test or the main activity by sending a command. The application is found on all OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, and OnePlus 5 devices, and is easily accessible through any activity launcher.

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This would potentially allow attackers to compromise a device with very little effort, gaining the ability to insert trackers or other malicious pieces of software. Hopefully OnePlus will remove the application from its devices with an update, all the way back to the OnePlus One. OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei says that the company is "looking into" the presence of EngineerMode, assessing just how widespread the issue is and ways to prevent users from being subject to the security fault. The company recently admitted to collecting personal information of users without their permission.

In a statement to Android Authority, OnePlus said "We securely transmit analytics in two different streams over HTTPS to an Amazon server".



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