OnePlus left a backdoor in its devices with root access

OnePlus 3T

OnePlus 3T

While the company eventually reversed course on the data collection, another discovery has been made in the software of OnePlus phones.

Dubbed "EngineedMode", the app has been created by Qualcomm to most certainly test out hardware, but OnePlus has taken it to itself to tamper with the app, customize it, and preload it on a plethora of devices, including but not limited to the OnePlus 5, OnePlus 3, and OnePlus 3T. One developer found an application intended for factory testing, and through some investigation and reverse-engineering, was able to obtain root access using it.

The app can diagnose Global Positioning System, check the root status, perform a series of automated tests, and more. It's even included on OxygenOS for the OnePlus One, but not the original CyanogenOS ROM.

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

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.

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And if you are thinking how did the developer get the password, it was with the help of some security experts.

He plans to release an app for rooting OnePlus devices sometime today, and we'll update the post when it is released.

The chance of this already having been exploited is probably low, but it's still a massive risk to users.

In a statement to Android Authority, OnePlus said "We securely transmit analytics in two different streams over HTTPS to an Amazon server".

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