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by Tymoteusz A. Góral

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#1588 Android devices that contain Foxconn firmware may have a secret backdoor
Some Android devices that contain firmware created by Foxconn may be vulnerable via a debugging feature left inside the OS bootloader, which acts as a backdoor and bypasses authentication procedures for any intruder with USB access to a vulnerable phone.

Foxconn is a Taiwanese company that assembles the electronic parts of several Android smartphone manufacturers (OEMs).

The reason this backdoor exists in the bootloader, the piece of code responsible for booting up the Android OS, is because various OEMs allow Foxconn to create and supply firmware for some of the electronics they use to glue all the parts of an Android device together.
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#1588 Android devices that contain Foxconn firmware may have a secret backdoor
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