MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--Last week, security researchers posted a video showing a successful BlackBerry PlayBook hack, exploiting a security hole in Research in Motion’s enterprise level security encryption and granting users root access to the system.
RIM responded to the jailbreaking of its tablet by claiming it was just the PlayBook and not the firm’s phones which had been compromised, promising to investigate the issue.
The BlackBerry PlayBook’s operating system is based on software from QNX, which upcoming BlackBerry smartphones will also be running on.
The researchers, led by main hacker “Neuralic” decided to take the experiment a step further, releasing the jailbreak tool –known as Dingleberry-- to the public, via Twitter.
RIM quickly released an OTA update to fix the security breach, but within hours of the patch, Neuralic’s hack squad had jailbroken it again, releasing an updated version of Dingleberry to the public for download. On Wednesday (Dec. 7) morning, hacker Chris Wade posted that there had been 14581 downloads of the PlayBook jailbreak thus far.
RIM had previously stated that all of its mobile devices were rigorously tested by third-party security researchers every day. Indeed, some feel it is only on the strength of RIM’s strong security credentials that BlackBerry products continue to be popular with enterprises and governments, with even the U.S. president owning one.
It’s one thing to hack Android, an open operating system, however, but being able to jailbreak a BlackBerry device and circumvent a patch meant to fix the flaw within hours, is certainly embarrassing news for RIM, which has always prided itself on its strong encryption.
You can see the original rooting video below (watch in Firefox/Chrome):