This is not the first time that OnePlus has been accused of compromising privacy of its users. Now, another potential threat has arisen on OnePlus devices as an app on several of the company's phones has been revealed to carry root access.
Dubbed "EngineedMode", the app has been created by Qualcomm to most certainly test out hardware, but OnePlus has taken it to itself to tamper with the app, customize it, and preload it on a plethora of devices, including but not limited to the OnePlus 5, OnePlus 3, and OnePlus 3T.
"If you have an OnePlus device, I'm pretty sure you have this app pre-installed". The user can access manual tests like root status test, Global Positioning System test or the main activity by sending a command. The developer also stated that deploying the "DiagEnabled" activity found in the APK with a specific password, it is possible to root the device. It is alarming how easily someone can get access to your smartphones in this day and age.
Just a month ago, OnePlus was caught collecting personally identifiable data from phone owners through incredibly detailed analytics. However, it can be exploited to enable backdoor rooting.
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OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has acknowledged the issue, and insisted that the company is looking into it. "Thanks for the heads up, we're looking into it", Pei said on Twitter.
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Earlier, according to a post on Christopher Moore's blog, OnePlus is collecting sensitive private data like IMEI numbers, mobile network names and IMSI prefixes, MAC addresses, and more. While the company eventually reversed course on the data collection, another discovery has been made in the software of OnePlus phones. Following the allegations, OnePlus took some steps, and added the new "opt-in" option for the user experience program.