RIM not in favor of BlackBerry PlayBook root, will be patching hole soon


Despite having a horrible (yet humorous) name, the DingleBerry root for the BlackBerry PlayBook is giving the tablet an extended lease on life for a little while. But that little while is, unfortunately quite little, as RIM is taking the fact that its tablet has an exploitable security hole very seriously. 

Here's a piece of RIM's statement regarding what will happen if they find the hole:

"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."

So there you have it. It's not really any different than what Apple does in security hole situations on its iOS platform, so I guess that it was to be expected. Still, it's unfortunate that RIM won't let the people who know how to make useful software make it and distribute it so people can get real use out of their $500+ purchases.

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Calob Horton

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