Thanks To A Backdoor, Hackers May Get Root Access To OnePlus Phones

Thanks To A Backdoor, Hackers May Get Root Access To OnePlus Phones

Thanks To A Backdoor, Hackers May Get Root Access To OnePlus Phones

It was unveiled that the app potentially renders all OnePlus devices open to backdoor root access. One developer found an application intended for factory testing, and through some investigation and reverse-engineering, was able to obtain root access using it.

If hackers wanted to get into your phone, they would need physical access to it, so if you have any OnePlus devices, just keep it away from any of your playful tech-savvy friends until the app is officially removed.

OnePlus, an electronics manufacturer based in China, has reportedly been shipping its line of popular smartphones with a hidden backdoor that could allow a hacker to hijack the device relatively effortlessly. The problem is that once discovered and decompiled, the app has a feature that easily gives root access to the device even without unlocking the devices' bootloader. The application is a diagnostics tool called "EngineerMode" that Qualcomm developed and distributes to OEMs like OnePlus so they can test the hardware components of a device. The developer claims that the company has left behind the software intentionally, and he will come out with the application for rooting OnePlus devices without unlocking. But on the other hand, we do hope that OnePlus patches this as well, because it is provides a legitimate backdoor to OnePlus 3, 3T, and OnePlus 5 devices.

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For owners of OnePlus devices who are curious to learn if the Engineer Mode app is installed on their device, it is possible to find the app by going to Settings, opening the Apps menu, tapping Menu, and Show System apps.

Earlier, according to a post on Christopher Moore's blog, OnePlus is collecting sensitive private data like IMEI numbers, mobile network names and IMSI prefixes, MAC addresses, and more.

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