31 January 2018
As reported by a user on the OnePlus forum with username v1nc recently noticed how a system app was trying to gain network access which only happened after updating to the 1st December beta update. App with package name ‘com.oneplus.clipboard’ used IP address that is part of the block owned by a popular Chinese b2b business group Alibaba. On reaching out, the company shared with an online journal as follows:
“Our OnePlus beta program is designed to test new features with a selection of our community. This particular feature was intended for HydrogenOS, our operating system for the China market. We will be updating our global OxygenOS beta to remove this feature.”
Not having a satisfactory reply from the company in this regard, it's straining to believe that harvesting upon the clipboard data and transmitting it on the server could be a ‘feature’ though the company’s representative mentioned that the data isn’t being saved ‘on any server’.
In the recent update to this happening, a tech enthusiast installed the latest beta on his OnePlus 3 and by using mitmproxy to figure out what data is being sent from his device, he found out that clipboard isn’t transmitting the data its self, but rather only makes a connection to the server everytime something is saved on the clipboard.
Whatever the case might be, the company hasn’t yet given any satisfactory reply upon why a connection to the server is even required in this regard. What do you think about this? Share your views in the comment section below.