RIM's Attempt to Block "Dingleberry" Jailbreak on PlayBook Fails
December 7, 2011 10:38 AM
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Much like Apple, RIM was quickly outwitted by hackers
When an Apple, Inc. (
, it's no big surprise. When a Google Inc. (
) Android smartphone gets turned into
a slave in a massive botnet
, it's an average day on the market. But when Canadian smartphone maker Research In Motion, Ltd. (
) gets hacked, it's major news, as the devicemaker has built a reputation on underlying rock-solid security.
Questions about the security of the company's recent acquired QNX operating system were raised when a trio of hackers
released a tool called Dingleberry
, which gave root access to RIM's
first QNX tablet, the PlayBook
. The tool allowed users to jailbreak their device -- a process of granting yourself administrative rights on legally purchased devices through atraditional means, as
Library of Congress
's Summer 2010 amendments to the
Digital Millennium Copyright Act
RIM yesterday confirmed the vulnerability in
a Knowledge Base (KB) post
, which revealed its origin to be a weakness in QNX's file sharing system. When the OS interacts with the company's BlackBerry Desktop Software users can manipulate it to achieve an escalation of privileges.
The company quickly
pushed a fix
down the pipe to users.
But as Apple has
unpleasantly experienced in the past
, the hackers were one step ahead. They had already updated the jailbreak tool to still work post-patch. Hacker "Chris Wade"
all firmware are currently jailbreakable
While that claim has not been confirmed definitively, if it's true it looks like it's back to the drawing board for RIM, and more embarrassment from the company who was traditionally a leader in security.
RIM [Patch Press Release]
RIM [KB Security Advisory]
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12/7/2011 12:46:48 PM
lol, who would call their own work 'dingleberry'. It's a great laugh for me, but I surely wouldn't trust something that is labelled such from its own creator(s). thanks for the laugh though!
12/7/2011 12:51:40 PM
They have a good sense of humor and play on the blackberry name
Every time I see the title of the thread I think of this commercial
12/8/2011 9:39:21 AM
Suit yourself. I got a laugh out of it also, but I wouldn't be caught dead installing 'dingleberry' on any device regardless of platform. It wouldn't even be cool to brag about outloud...
Sense of humor, sure. Great way to get people interested in your work, no.
"Let's face it, we're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn." -- Seagate CEO Bill Watkins
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