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Backdoor discovered on OnePlus phones

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Backdoor discovered on OnePlus phones

OnePlus can't seem to catch a break, eh? Last month it was the "tracking user's personal info" debacle, now it turns out that they deliberately installed a backdoor on most of their recent phones (OP3 onwards).

Android Police: OnePlus left a backdoor in its devices capable of root access



Edit: it gets weirder and weirder. it turns out the "password" for this backdoor-hack-thingy is "angela". If you've watched Mr. Robot you know the significance of that name, lol.
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A backdoor that requires USB Debugging to be enabled, and ADB to be run when the phone is connected to a computer. This will not enable 3rd party apps to maliciously gain root privileges or anything. Also, it's a Qualcomm utility, so not entirely OnePlus' fault here.

OnePlus root 'backdoor': What it is, what it isn't, and what you need to know https://www.androidcentral.com/oneplus- ... -need-know
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titaniumtux wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 9:36 pm
I think this is cool!
yup but it's bad PR for OnePlus. which hurts us all in the end. I want them to succeed as a company so we have more choice! My OP3 is 13 months old now, and I love it ... I don't want companies like OnePlus to go under due to stupid decisions like this, and last month's "personal information collection" debacle.
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Taking back my comment about partly being Qualcomm's fault. Apparently the app has been modified quite a bit from what they provide to OEMs.

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