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App on several OnePlus devices grants backdoor root access

14 November 2017, 11:35 | Jodi Jackson

App on several OnePlus devices grants backdoor root access

OnePlus OxygenOS Root Access Backdoor

Earlier this year BLU was revealed to have some serious security concerns, and even OnePlus has had issues revealed. This app is used by OnePlus to ensure that a device is working properly before it leaves the factory.

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

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.

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.


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.

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 app gives unprecedented access to a host of security-sensitive features of your phone, with the worst offender being the "all clear" command, which would erase all data on the phone, internal storage and all. The company recently admitted to collecting personal information of users without their permission. If it was overlooked, it is likely the upcoming 5T would have it also, which would necessitate removing the app before the device ships on November 16. Later, Pei confirmed in a blog post that OnePlus it will scale back on data collection on its devices.

OnePlus did not immediately respond to a request for comment.



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