Monday, May 21, 2012

ZTE Phones Have Backdoor Access

ZTE, one of the largest Chinese manufacturers of cellular phones, acknowledged that it installed a backdoor to its Score M and Skate models. Security researchers first reported the security issue, and the company eventually acknowledged it.

Purportedly the backdoor account - accessible via a hard-coded password - is used for remote firmware update for the phones, but it can be accessed by anyone with the password. The password is available online.

ZTE is the same company embroiled in a bribery scandal in the Philippines.

[sources: 1, 2 , 3]

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