Security Flaw in OnePlus Phones Lets Anyone Access Your Personal Data

In an astonishing bit of a security mishap, OnePlus was discovered to have unintentionally left a backdoor in its phones. The backdoor can provide easy root-level access without having to open the bootloader.

The list of affected phones includes the recent OnePlus 5, though older phones are affected too. The exploit was found by mobile security researcher Robert Baptiste, also known as Elliot Alderson.

Need Physical Access to Phone

The only saving grace here is the fact that the hacker needs to physically get their hands on your phone in order to use this backdoor. Qualcomm has a testing app called Engineer Mode which can allow changes to be made via the backdoor. Before that, USB debugging needs to be toggled on, which is kept off by default.

Still, after getting hands on your phone, very little is required to track the phone and steal valuable data. It practically opens access to anything found within the operating system of the phone. Baptiste isn’t closing down the rumors of certain apps getting access to the backdoor, either.

“While we don’t see this as a major security issue, we understand that users may still have concerns.” OnePlus said in a statement.

Fix Coming Soon

OnePlus is reportedly fixing the issue, which should happen whenever the next update hits the phones. The Engineering Mode might be going away soon, or might have its access level reduced through the app.

It is far from the first security-related issue OnePlus users have faced; recently the company was found to be collecting large amounts of data from its users. Both issues will damage OnePlus’s image in the eyes of security conscious people and OnePlus users in general.


  • Murtaza Saeed

    Please stop with this clickbait crap.

    It doesn’t let anyone access your data. You need to have physical access to the persons phone, USB debugging needs to be enabled, you need the persons fingerprint/PIN/password, a PC, and some knowledge of adb commands.

    The amount of people who can do this is far from ‘anyone.

    Please stop trying to lure people in to your garbage articles with these stupid fake titles.

    • lol OP fan spotted.

      • OP ftw

        Kindly dont exert your samboy or isheep pea sized brain over technical matters. You will cause so much pollution from your behind that ozone shall vanish within seconds.
        Let pros handle pro stuff. OnePlus is neither for girls nor for gender-neutral she-boys.

        • What a douchebag!
          Doesn’t even know I own two OPs myself.

          • PT MASTER

            People here consider only Abdul WAHAB as pro in this blog. Do you get what I mean:)

  • Adeel

    Samsung jo naam hai Etemad aur bharose ka ?

    • Super Asia Washing Machine (Naam He Kafi Hai) p