OnePlus has left an app on its devices that could compromise security
15 November, 2017, 01:55 | Author: Janis Wilson
A developer managed to use this very app to root the device by figuring out the password used to gain root access. If this is set to "true", the app will allow root access over Android Debug Bridge, Android's command-line developer tools. NowSecure suggested deleting the app to remove the chances of it being misused.
The app-called "EngineerMode"-is partially exposed to users through a secret "*#808#" dialer command, and you can also launch the full app through an Android activity launcher or the command line.
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.
A Twitter user by the name "Elliot Alderson" has discovered a root backdoor in OnePlus devices-one that has apparently been shipping for years. While that was deliberate, the company is again in the news for another problem with its devices, where a preloaded app can allow users to root their devices through a backdoor, without unlocking the bootloader. The developer further added that he will publish an application for rooting OnePlus devices without unlocking.
While it appears OnePlus is responsible for leaving Engineer Mode on its devices, it is not directly responsible for the application itself or the backdoor it creates.
This app is a system app made by @Qualcomm and customised by @OnePlus. Later, Pei confirmed in a blog post that OnePlus it will scale back on data collection on its devices.
The application in question is EngineerMode, in which its objective is to test Qualcomm processors easily. It is also possible to delete the app once it is discovered. The application is present in all OnePlus devices including 3, 3T and 5.
OnePlus did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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