OnePlus Security Troubles Mount As Root Access Backdoor Discovered In Preinstalled App

OnePlus Security Troubles Mount As Root Access Backdoor Discovered In Preinstalled App

A potentially unsafe 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.

The most disturbing part is that @fs0c131y, the dev that discovered the backdoor, was capable of creating a simple root app for OnePlus devices that makes use of his findings and. even published it on the Google Play Store.

Basically, OnePlus devices contain an app called "EngineerMode, ' which is used for factory testing (to confirm whether or not the unit is working properly)".

Some digging into the deep system apps on OnePlus phones has resulted in the exposure of the vulnerability that OnePlus devices possess. 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 user can access manual tests like root status test, Global Positioning System test or the main activity by sending a command.

Getting root access to a smartphone allows a hacker to access "superuser" mode, making it extremely easy to inject malware with surveillance capabilities. OnePlus has been alerted to the exploit and CEO Carl Pei has confirmed that the company is looking into it.

The developer further claims that the Chinese company has intentionally left the backdoor in their devices.

Will it affect OnePlus 5T sales?

At the time, OnePlus stated that the whole objective of collecting data was to improve the service. The most recent issue concerned user privacy, as OnePlus has been found to collect too much data from its phones, the kind of user-identifiable information no smartphone maker should get. Following the allegations, OnePlus took some steps, and added the new "opt-in" option for the user experience program.

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