“Engineer Mode” in Oneplus Phones Can Root Device, May Be Used as Backdoor
A mobile security researcher recently divulged in a tweet that most, if not all, OnePlus mobile phones come with an app called ‘EngineerMode’ which can be used to root the device.
The researcher, which goes by the handle “Elliot Alderson” said that the EngineerMode APK had all the features of a diagnosis app that only OnePlus engineers would have access to. Alderson added that given its permissions, the app can potentially be converted into a backdoor by attackers which can lead to catastrophic consequences.
OnePlus CEO Carl Pei thanked the researcher via Twitter and assured that the company will be looking into the matter.
Source: Bleeping Computer