Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Thanks To A Backdoor, Hackers May Get Root Access To OnePlus Phones

OnePlus comes under scanner over the issue of users’ privacy OnePlus comes under scanner over the issue of users’ privacy
Terence Owen | 15 November, 2017, 01:58

While we don't see this as a major security issue, we understand that users may still have concerns and therefore we will remove the adb root function from EngineerMode in an upcoming OTA. The problem is that once discovered and decompiled, the app has a feature that easily gives root access to the device even without unlocking the devices' bootloader.

He further claims that the company has intentionally left the backdoor on their devices.

Baptiste found that OnePlus was shipping devices with the Qualcomm EngineerMode app - which is used by device makers for testing and diagnostics - with its OxygenOS customised version of Google's Android operating system. But Elliot Alderson found that the tool could be exploited by hackers to gain root access to a device, essentially gaining backdoor access into it where they could then take over the phone.

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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.

The Engineer Mode APK is capable of diagnosing Global Positioning System, run automated tests, check root status among other things. The application was present on several models of OnePlus devices including OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 5. However, Baptiste and researchers at security firm NowSecure were able to crack the password -which was "angela"-and gain access to the application". Check the name of native library used to check the code: door...

Dubbed "EngineerMode" the tool has been designed as an easy way for phone makers to test the hardware on their devices. It should be a simple matter of just removing the APK in an update, but this will certainly put a damper on the launch of the OnePlus 5T, which comes out this week. Later, Pei confirmed in a blog post that OnePlus it will scale back on data collection on its devices.

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