One developer claims that it is possible to obtain root access on the OnePlus phones without unlocking them.
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.
The application is called "EngineerMode" and was developed by Qualcomm for factory testing.
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The Engineer Mode APK is capable of diagnosing Global Positioning System, run automated tests, check root status among other things.
OnePlus has recently accused of collecting a vast amount of sensitive private data from users' smartphones in the past and now, the company has been blamed for leaving a backdoor on its devices that is capable of granting root access. The app is normally hidden until you tell Android to show system apps, so you might not notice it unless you went looking for it. With the help of a few cybersecurity experts, the required password was discovered, making rooting a OnePlus phone as easy as running a few commands. Speaking to Hindustan Times, Alderson said, "This loophole is a backdoor".
The main risk is that affected phones can be rooted without needing access to a bootloader which is a security problem if a person's OnePlus phone falls into nefarious hands. The developer further added that he will publish an application for rooting OnePlus devices without unlocking.
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The inclusion of the app appears to be an oversight on the part of OnePlus, and company founder Carl Pei said the team is looking into it.
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