OnePlus backdoor means hackers could take over your phone

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This is thanks to a Qualcomm system-side app and OnePlus's decision to leave it in the custody of end users. However, Baptiste and researchers at security firm NowSecure were able to crack the password -which was "angela"-and gain access to the application".

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.

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Root implies to the highest degree of access to an Android operating system that is usually deployed to safeguard the privacy of the user.

He plans to release an app for rooting OnePlus devices sometime today, and we'll update the post when it is released.

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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.

This would potentially allow attackers to compromise a device with very little effort, gaining the ability to insert trackers or other malicious pieces of software. The company recently admitted to collecting personal information of users without their permission. The company claimed the data was simply for performance analytics but agreed to scale back what it collected. The app, developed by Qualcomm, has been essentially designed for OEMs to test hardware components or diagnostic tests on device. 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. 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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