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RIM Investigating BlackBerry PlayBook Rooting – Dingleberry Gets Official Website

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RIM has come out and confirmed that they are aware of the Twitter devs/researchers who claim to have jailbroken/rooted the BlackBerry PlayBook. Their statement below says they are in contact with one of the security researchers about the vulnerability and are aware they plan on releasing a tool to jailbreak the devices. Check out the full statement below:

Research In Motion (RIM) is aware of a claim made on Twitter by security researchers working together that suggests the ability to “jailbreak” a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The term “jailbreaking” is commonly used to describe altering the software on a smartphone or tablet in order to obtain access to systems or applications not officially authorized or distributed by the manufacturer. BlackBerry smartphone users are not affected.RIM is currently investigating this claim and has been in contact with one of the security researchers to discuss it.

RIM is currently not aware of a jailbreak being leveraged by anyone other than the researchers, who claim to have performed a jailbreak on their own BlackBerry PlayBook tablets only. If it is determined that the claim is accurate, RIM will follow its standard response process to develop and release a software update that is designed to minimize adverse impact to our customers or carrier partners. RIM is aware that the security researchers have stated they intend to release a tool to jailbreak the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. If such a tool is released, RIM will investigate it.

The security of mobile devices and major networked systems is tested by third-party security researchers every day. RIM also continually tests the security of its own products, and volunteers its products to recognized industry experts for security testing and certification to help identify possible issues. RIM is committed to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and to working with researchers to continue to protect our customers."

They more or less confirmed the same thing to Reuters. It should be interesting to see how RIM handles this. I cannot think of a previous case where RIM has faced anything like this other than the WebKit browser issue in BlackBerry 6 devices.

On a side note one of the researchers has confirmed on Twitter that the official Dingleberry PlayBook jailbreak site is www.dingleberry.it

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  1. So “security researchers” is the politically correct term for hackers? I like it. :)

  2. I guess this is the price to pay if you want your platform to be attractive to developers with lots of tools, compliance, and access to deep layers of the OS (posix, flash, OpenGl to name a few).

  3. and webkit with its multiple security holes

  4. So, the playbook gets hacked and the world comes to an end. Meanwhile any pimple faced 15 year old can root an iPhone and no one cares, with multiple fortune 500 companies and banks switching to iPhone.

    RIM should issue a release that says we’re glad the media has finally woken up to security issues, it’s too bad they haven’t done so vis a vis competitor products.

  5. To my way of thinking, the obvious RIM counter to this would be to release and promote a more fully functioning beta of OS 2 with the highest level of compatibility with Android apps. Given that, I think the majority of PlayBook users wouldn’t care to bother with a jailbreak.

    That would not, of course, pacify whatever corporate/governmental RIM clients rely on security in their communication devices. But since quite a few of them are moving to the susceptible iPhone/iOS 5 platform, that may not be as big an issue as RIM believes it to be.

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