OnePlus backdoor means hackers could take over your phone

OnePlus 5 Security

With the ability to crack the password and reach the powerful Engineer Mode app, an attacker could gain root access to a OnePlus device.

The application is called "EngineerMode" and was developed by Qualcomm for factory testing. This app is used by OnePlus to ensure that a device is working properly before it leaves the factory.

In this app, the developer has found activity known as "DiagEnabled", if enabled with a specific password, grants the root access.

We've seen several statements by community developers that are anxious because this apk grants root privileges.

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"If you have an OnePlus device, I'm pretty sure you have this app pre-installed". It is alarming how easily someone can get access to your smartphones in this day and age. 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. The user can access manual tests like root status test, Global Positioning System test or the main activity by sending a command. Speaking to Hindustan Times, Alderson said, "This loophole is a backdoor". It's not something that could be achieved remotely, however, you would need the physical OnePlus device connected to a computer running the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) to exploit the vulnerability. It has been found on the OnePlus 5, as well as the OnePlus 3 and 3T.

Robert Baptiste, a freelance security researcher who goes by the name Elliot Alderson on Twitter after the Mr. Robot TV show character, found the tool on a OnePlus phone and tweeted his findings Monday.

OnePlus CEO, Carl Pel, said his company is "looking into" the backdoor report. He discovered that his OnePlus 2 device was sending data to an HTTPS domain, which was transmitted to Amazon Web Services and belongs to OnePlus (open.oneplus.net domain).

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