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

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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.

This is not the first time that OnePlus has been accused of compromising privacy of its users.

Unfortunately, it seems someone at OnePlus forgot to remove or disable the package before kicking the handsets out to the general public, and as a result multiple users now have access to what is effectively a back door in their Android phones.

"If you have an OnePlus device, I'm pretty sure you have this app pre-installed". The app in question is EngineerMode APK, and it has been developed by Qualcomm for the device manufacturers to test hardware components.

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We've seen several statements by community developers that are anxious because this apk grants root privileges. It's used to run system tests for things like GPS, vibration, screen brightness, and also root checking.

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 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. Meanwhile, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has already announced that OnePlus is investigating the issue.

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

Will it affect OnePlus 5T sales? OnePlus devices could be rooted on launching "DiagEnabled" activity in the APK with a specified password that was found by decompiling "libdoor.so" with the help of a few cyber-security experts. Following the allegations, OnePlus took some steps, and added the new "opt-in" option for the user experience program.

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