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

OnePlus comes under scanner over the issue of users’ privacy

A developer recently discovered that an app installed on OnePlus devices (OnePlus 3, 3T, 5 according to Android Police) called "EngineerMode".

OnePlus' co-founder clarified that the company was collecting data to "better understand general phone behavior and optimize OxygenOS for a better overall user experience".

A potentially risky backdoor in multiple OnePlus devices has been just unearthed by a knowing developer, revealing a hidden app that can be potentially used to gain root access and take control over the device.

On Tuesday, developer Elliot Alderson tweeted that OnePlus has left behind an app that can act as a backdoor to get root access to a device without unlocking it.

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The app's primary goal is to test the phones during manufacturing and make sure the device is working correctly, but the app isn't then wiped from the phone. The developer also stated that deploying the "DiagEnabled" activity found in the APK with a specific password, it is possible to root the device. The app has the ability to diagnose Global Positioning System, check root status and perform a series of tests. Worse, the security software in the smartphone will fail to diagnose any such issue if the "superuser" has installed some high-tech malware in the system, notes First Post. It's just like having a backdoor in your phone, which could be used by other apps for spying purposes. However, it can be exploited to enable backdoor rooting. It looks like the Chinese smartphone company has accidentally left behind the app on some of its smartphone units.

For its part, OnePlus has confirmed that the company is looking into the claims made by the developer.

Not long ago, researchers found out OnePlus phones were collecting data without informing the users. But the team proved it can be done without a whole lot effort, which in turn leaves a lot of OnePlus devices vulnerable.

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