OnePlus responds to the latest backdoor debacle, doesn't see it as "a major security issue"

Just yesterday, it was discovered that OnePlus has included a rather powerful app that could easily serve as a backdoor for many of its latest devices like the OnePlus 5, 3T, and 3. Dubbed Engineer Mode, the app is normally intended for testing and maintenance of Qualcomm-powered Android devices but also allows anyone with average knowledge to pre-root the device and greatly mess up with the security of the device. Of course, such an app has no place inside an official user build for an Android device.

There were even concerns that apps could be engineered abuse these …


Security woes as backdoor in OnePlus devices is discovered, allows for easy gain of root access

A potentially dangerous backdoor in multiple OnePlus devices has been just unearthed by a knowing developer, revealing a hidden app that can be potentially used to gain root access and take control over the device.
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. The app gives unprecedented access to a host of security-sensitive …

Amazon pulls all Blu models from its online store due to fear of backdoor Chinese software

Back in November, we told you that Miami based smartphone manufacturer Blu was one of several OEMs who had at least one smartphone model compromised by software made by a Chinese company called Adups. Allegedly, the software was designed to keep track of the buying decisions made by Chinese smartphone owners by capturing their personal data, and was not meant to appear on U.S. phones.

Blu originally said that it removed the Adups software from all Blu phones that contained it. However, back in December, we told you that some security researches were still finding the Adups backdoor software …