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14 November 2017, 11:39 | Cameron Gross
OnePlus accused of leaving a backdoor to give root access
But the team proved it can be done without a whole lot effort, which in turn leaves a lot of OnePlus devices vulnerable.
The app is called EngineerMode and it is preinstalled on the OnePlus 3, 3T and 5. NowSecure suggested deleting the app to remove the chances of it being misused.
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.
He was able to find a system app named EngineerMode that is actually a Qualcomm factory app with the ability to toggle components such as the charging chip, GPS, NFC and others - as this app shouldn't be included in consumer-side ROMs, it's a target app that malicious actors will want to crack into. 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.
After tearing apart the phone's libdoor.so library, he managed to obtain root access though bypassing the escalate and isEscalated methods in the DiagEnabled activity. "So it's not unsafe, it just means anybody with the password can plug your phone to a computer and take all your data".
You can also check if this application is installed on your OnePlus device or not.
The app and the subsequent backdoor access was discovered by Twitter user Elliott Alderson (a reference to the Mr. Robot character), who then went into a lot of detail about how to gain root access to the device.
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