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BlackBerry PlayBook Simulator “Rooted” Before Launch!

QNX Terminal Access BrAFj

I never thought this day would come! We have been informed that the BlackBerry PlayBook has been successfully rooted to expose the soft underbelly of the QNX OS. While Android devices are designed to have security/root exploits and each release of Apple’s iOS is Jailbroken within days of launch BlackBerry devices have always stood strong… until now.

A Belarusian hacker calling himself BrAFj is reporting that he has successfully accessed the BlackBerry PlayBook’s underlying QNX OS. He reported that the exploit successfully works in the BlackBerry simulator allowing low level access to the QNX OS terminal. He is currently experimenting with what he can accomplish from the QNX terminal but you can check out a video showing off the successful rooting process at the link below!

BrAFj explained that “if your device runs Adobe Flash it is not a matter of if you will be hacked but when.” For the yet to be released BlackBerry PlayBook it looks like today is the day. BrAFj cannot confirm that the root exploit will work on actual BlackBerry PlayBook devices but reports that “RIM will have to drastically change how Flash works on the BlackBerry PlayBook to patch the exploit.” That is not surprising considering Flash Player has a long storied history of critical security flaws.

My mind is still reeling from the implications of what this means for RIM. For years they have withstood any serious exploit. I am hoping this means we can get some CyanogenMods and other goodies for the PlayBook. The possibilities are endless if this exploit carries over to actual BlackBerry PlayBook devices at launch.

More details to come as the story develops! You can watch a video of BrAFj executing the BlackBerry PlayBook rooting exploit at this link.

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  1. Wow. I’m speechless.

  2. I assume it is only a matter of time, however.

  3. lol happy april fools!!!

  4. Awww, you got me on that one. 🙂

  5. I’m glad to see this is an April Fools joke. Otherwise it could be very bad for RIM. They are held to a much higher standard than Google or Apple. Nobody complains that Android can be rooted. Users don’t seem to care that the iPhone has child-like security. If RIM falters at all people are ready to claim it’s the end for RIM.

    Good joke though. Referencing Flash certainly give it a little more credibility.

  6. I agree Bob, people love seeing android rooted because it is supposed to be true Open Source, or for so they want it to seem that way. and for Apple, they jailbreak to get away from Steve Jobs’ army of rules… i always say if you buy an apple product you might as well lock your self in a box because that is all you’re allowed to do.

  7. I wouldn’t be surprised if including Flash for RIM long term is very bad for security.

  8. Ronen this is completely awesome!!
    April Fools!!!!!! HAHAHA!

  9. You got me on this one Ronen. April fools!

  10. Got me, I completely forgot what day it was…

  11. Haha, you got me for a few minutes! Until I looked at the hacker’s handle: BrAFj = BlackBerry Review April Fool’s Joke.

  12. damn you ronen


  13. Nice joke!

    I’m waiting for the press to pick this up and bash the Playbook on security flaws!

  14. damn…i was scared for the RIMM stock which already took a huge hit!

  15. The thought of this actually happening is real scary

  16. Funny stuff guys. Well played. Happy April. Maybe it’ll warm up finally. This is the winter that won’t go away!!!

  17. Good one Ronen, you had me going on that one.

  18. SOB!!! My first words after reading this article were “FU**ERS!!!!” And there I go clicking on the link to see this Proto Russian dude named BrAFj (BerryReviewAprilFoolsJoke) root the very device I’ve been defending since it was announced!

    Well Played. The Game.

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