A critical OnePlus 6 vulnerability discovered that could allow booting the phone with a modified image and can get administrator privileges even if the bootloader is completely locked and in secure mode.
This OnePlus 6 Vulnerability discovered by Jason Donenfeld of Edge Security, according to the researcher the vulnerability could be exploited by the attacker if they physical access to a OnePlus 6 device.
A bootloader manages and executes the boot sequence, it ensures that you are loading with the genuine software. It is an encrypted security measure and all the Android phones shipped with a locked bootloader.
Need Physical Access to Exploit OnePlus 6 Vulnerability
Jason published a live video demonstration of how an attacker can get a malicious image using the ADB tool’s fastboot command if they have physical access to the device.
— Edge Security (@EdgeSecurity) June 9, 2018
All the attacker needs are to do reboot the mobile device in Fastboot mode and by connecting the device to the computer an attacker can download the modified image to the device.
Android police confirm this OnePlus 6 Vulnerability present on the OnePlus 6 and it could give the attacker a full control over the device.
Oneplus has officially acknowledged the bootloader vulnerability, saying that the fix will be rolled out soon.
We take security seriously at OnePlus. We are in contact with the security researcher, and a software update will be rolling out shortly.
This is not the first time OnePlus users under risk, in last November a Remote code Exploitation Found in OnePlus devices that allow hackers can run an arbitrary code on vulnerable OnePlus Mobile Phones.
According to reports, OxygenOS 5.1.6 still includes the hack-friendly bootloader, so a patch might be included in OxygenOS 5.1.7.
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