OnePlus left a backdoor in its devices capable of root access

OnePlus 3T

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.

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. "It's used by the operator in the factory to test the devices", reads one of Alderson's tweet. The application is present in all OnePlus devices including 3, 3T and 5.

"If you have an OnePlus device, I'm pretty sure you have this app pre-installed". The app, developed by Qualcomm, has been essentially designed for OEMs to test hardware components or diagnostic tests on device. Between this and previously aggressive data collection, it looks like OnePlus hasn't been paying particularly close attention to security or privacy on its devices. The user can access manual tests like root status test, Global Positioning System test or the main activity by sending a command. "So it's not unsafe, it just means anybody with the password can plug your phone to a computer and take all your data". However, it also holds a backdoor which is capable of root access, even if the device has not been unlocked. The developer claims that the company has left behind the software intentionally, and he will come out with the application for rooting OnePlus devices without unlocking.

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"Thanks for the heads up, we're looking into it", Pei tweeted.

Earlier, according to a post on Christopher Moore's blog, OnePlus is collecting sensitive private data like IMEI numbers, mobile network names and IMSI prefixes, MAC addresses, and more. Following the allegations, OnePlus took some steps, and added the new "opt-in" option for the user experience program.

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