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Tech & Science OnePlus inadvertently left a backdoor on its phones

10:06  15 november  2017
10:06  15 november  2017 Source:   engadget.com

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OnePlus ' security troubles aren't over yet. Users have discovered that many of the company's phones from the past few years (including the Between this and previously aggressive data collection, it looks like OnePlus hasn't been paying particularly close attention to security or privacy on its devices.

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screen of a cell phone© Provided by EngadgetOnePlus' security troubles aren't over yet. Users have discovered that many of the company's phones from the past few years (including the OnePlus 5) include a Qualcomm testing app, EngineerMode, that lets you get root-level access to the phone without having to unlock its bootloader. An attacker would likely need physical access to your phone to do any damage, but that still means they could insert trackers or otherwise compromise your phone with very little effort.

At first glance, it looks like this is an accident rather than any kind of malicious behavior. 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.

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OnePlus ' security troubles aren't over yet. Users have discovered that many of the company's phones from the past few years (including the OnePlus 5)

Company chief Carl Pei says his team is "looking into" the software's presence. If it's as widespread as it appears to be, there's a good chance you'll see a software update removing EngineerMode. However, the discovery isn't exactly confidence-inspiring. Between this and previously aggressive data collection, it looks like OnePlus hasn't been paying particularly close attention to security or privacy on its devices. It'll need to run a tighter ship if it wants to persuade users that its software is trustworthy.

Update: OnePlus has issued a statement that recaps the nature of EngineerMode and its threat (again, you need physical access to cause havoc). It's promising to remove the root function from EngineerMode through a future over-the-air update.

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OnePlus 5T Hits Retail In Europe, India & North America .
The OnePlus 5T can now be purchased from retail outlets across the world.In the US, the phone is priced at $500 for the 64GB model and $560 for the 128GB. In Canada it's $660 CAD and $730 CAD respectively. In the UK; £450 and £500. Europe; €500 and €560. Indian prices are 33,000 Rupees and 38,000 Rupees.

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