OnePlus left a backdoor in Oxygen OS that hackers could exploit

OnePlus comes under scanner over the issue of users’ privacy

OnePlus comes under scanner over the issue of users’ privacy

For this, simply go to settings, open apps, enable show system apps from top right corner menu (three dots) and search for EngineerMode.APK in the list.

The Engineer Mode APK is capable of diagnosing Global Positioning System, run automated tests, check root status among other things. 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.

OnePlus is catching heat from its customers yet again, this time for the discovery of a pre-installed application found on several of its handsets that could allow an attacker to gain root access. Furthermore, there was a hint to an "AngelaRoot" mode embedded in the APK itself. However, carrying out such an attack would require physical access to the device-the hacker would need to have the smartphone in hand to hijack Engineer Mode and start doing damage. The company already drew criticism earlier this year over its onerous data collection practices, in which the company sucked up sensitive data from user devices and transmitted that information with each device's serial number attached. If it's as widespread as it appears to be, there's a good chance you'll see a software update removing EngineerMode.

OnePlus' co-founder clarified that the company was collecting data to "better understand general phone behavior and optimize OxygenOS for a better overall user experience". The company claimed the data was simply for performance analytics but agreed to scale back what it collected. But it also serves as a warning to OnePlus to be particularly careful with the software it leaves on its future phones after they roll off the production line.

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