RIM still against jailbroken PlayBooks, details security policy


Once again, here comes the BlackBerry PlayBook to take up space on the front page of Pocketables. The tablet is definitely getting a lot of attention lately with its record sales and new software updates

Actually, software updates are the reason the tablet's back in the news today. Adrian Stone, RIM's BlackBerry Security Incident Response Team director, detailed today the company's policy towards jailbroken devices and how RIM's team prioritizes the different kinds of holes that are needed for a jailbreak. 

"On hearing reports of a jailbreak for a BlackBerry product, the BBSIRT will quickly triage the underlying issue and method used to perform the jailbreak. If it falls into the first category, where extensive user interaction is required, we will seek to address it in a future software update. If it falls into the second category (where a vulnerability is exposed with little to no user interaction), that is an indication of a more serious underlying issue and will most likely result in the release of a security update to address it as soon as possible."

Stone then goes on to state that RIM advises against jailbreaking any of its devices because it opens up the potential for security issues and also voids the warranty of the jailbroken device. But we already knew that.

I've jailbroken my iPhone 4 and it continues to stay that way. It's useful for tethering on the go, but that's about it. My 4S, on the other hand, is stock iOS 5.1. I don't see a lot of need for jailbreaking, but I know there are some advantages to doing so; at least RIM is letting you know that you can, but it'll act quickly to make it so you can't. 

[Inside BlackBerry for Business Blog]
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Calob Horton

Calob Horton is an associate editor at Pocketables. He loves all technology, no matter which company it comes from. This unbiased view of the tech world allows him to choose the products that best fit his personal needs and tastes: a Microsoft Surface Pro, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a third-gen iPad.Google+ | Twitter | More posts by Calob | Subscribe to Calob's posts

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