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Another Shady App Found Pre-Installed on OnePlus Phones that Collects System Logs

Another Shady App Found Pre-Installed on OnePlus Phones that Collects System Logs
November 16, 2017Mohit Kumar
The OnePlus Saga Continues… Just a day after the revelation of the hidden Android rooting backdoor pre-installed on most OnePlus smartphones, a security researcher just found another secret app that records tons of information about your phone. Dubbed OnePlusLogKit , the second pre-installed has been discovered by the same Twitter user who goes by the pseudonym " Elliot Alderson " and discovered the controversial " EngineerMode " diagnostic testing application that could be used to root OnePlus devices without unlocking the bootloader. OnePlusLogKit is a system-level application that is capable of capturing a multitude of things from OnePlus smartphones, including: Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, and GPS location logs, Modem signal and data logs, hot and power issue logs, list of the running processes, list of running service and battery status, media databases, including all your videos and images saved on the device. Unlike EngineerMode (which was found

OnePlus Secretly Collects Way More Data Than It Should — Here's How to Disable It

OnePlus Secretly Collects Way More Data Than It Should — Here’s How to Disable It
October 10, 2017Mohit Kumar
There is terrible news for all OnePlus lovers. Your OnePlus handset, running OxygenOS—the company's custom version of the Android operating system, is collecting way more data on its users than it requires. A recent blog post published today by security researcher Christopher Moore on his website detailed the data collection practice by the Shenzhen-based Chinese smartphone maker, revealing that OxygenOS built-in analytics is regularly sending users' telemetry data to OnePlus' servers. Collecting basic telemetry device data is a usual practice that every software maker and device manufacturers do to identify, analyse and fix software issues and help improve the quality of their products, but OnePlus found collecting user identification information as well. Moore simply started intercepting the network traffic to analyse what data his OnePlus device sends to its servers, and found that the data collected by the company included: User' phone number MAC addresse

All OnePlus Devices Vulnerable to Remote Attacks Due to 4 Unpatched Flaws

All OnePlus Devices Vulnerable to Remote Attacks Due to 4  Unpatched Flaws
May 11, 2017Swati Khandelwal
There is a bad news for all OnePlus lovers. A security researcher has discovered four vulnerabilities that affect all OnePlus handsets, including One, X, 2, 3 and 3T, running the latest versions of OxygenOS 4.1.3 (worldwide) and below, as well as HydrogenOS 3.0 and below (for Chinese users). Damn, I am feeling bad, I myself use OnePlus. One of the unpatched vulnerabilities allows Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attack against OnePlus device users, allowing a remote attacker to downgrade the device's operating system to an older version, which could then expand the attack surface for exploitation of previously disclosed now-patched vulnerabilities. What's even worse? The other two vulnerabilities also allow an MitM attacker to replace any version of OxygenOS with HydrogenOS (or vice versa), as well as to replace the operating system with a completely different malicious ROM loaded with spying apps. The vulnerabilities have been discovered by Roee Hay of Aleph Research, HCL

Gello: Cyanogen's Customizable Web Browser for Android

Gello: Cyanogen's Customizable Web Browser for Android
July 04, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Get ready for a new Android Browser! Android ROM developer CyanogenMod has announced that it is working on a new browser for Android devices. Dubbed Gello , the open-source browser is based on Google's Chromium project and includes a ton of customization options for Android. The team provided a first look of Gello through a demo video that actually reveals a lot about the new Android browser. Some Specific Features of Gello include: " Save for Offline " Reading Mode Night Mode and Immersive Mode options Extensive site-by-site Privacy and Security Settings, including Ad Blocker Advanced Download Manager that allow you to rename files and select file paths Customized interface , including Tab Animations and Management Moreover, Lots of other granular controls. The Gello web browser would be aimed at those who prefer Android Open Source Project (AOSP) versions instead of Google's Android. The team noted that the Gello browser will not

OnePlus OxygenOS Now Available for Download

OnePlus OxygenOS Now Available for Download
April 04, 2015Wang Wei
OnePlus One users might be waiting for the new Lollipop based ROM for their smartphones. The wait is over as the popular Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has finally released its own custom ROM --  OnePlus OxygenOS , which is based on Android 5.0 Lollipop. Last month, the OnePlus announced the official release of its in-house OxygenOS to 'One' on or before March 27, but was failed to deliver the update due to a couple of security issues discovered in the update. The news disappointed many OnePlus customers, including me, who were looking forward to their Lollipop updates. However, the update is now ready for downloading from the OnePlus servers. Also, a full installation guide has been provided for customers who want to switch from the CyanogenMod 11S to the latest OxygenOS. "Developing OxygenOS has been an incredibly fun and challenging experience for all of us, " the company wrote . " In this environment where everyone is fighting to standou

OnePlus DR-1 — World's Smallest $19.99 Drone

OnePlus DR-1 — World's Smallest $19.99 Drone
April 01, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus who recently announced that the company is planning to launch its latest flying drone, OnePlus DR-1 , saying it would be a " Game Changer. " There have already been some speculations about a drone from OnePlus circulating on the Internet, but now the company has confirmed during a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Almost Anything) session that OnePlus DR-1 (aka DR-ONE ) will land on its online store next month. OnePlus also posted a Vine video on Tuesday with the caption " Feeling adventurous? The DR-1 is flying to our store next month. #OneGameChanger. " The six-second short video did not give much information about the new drone, but it hints more or less that the company is working on a drone. The product page of DR-1 sectioned impressive lines such as " innovating a whole new way of thinking about drones " and telling users to " experience the next age of aviation technology with effortless transportation and
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