1. TheScionicMan's Avatar
    NOW they really need to push this update out:

    Hackers can spy on BlackBerry PlayBook connections

    Threatpost’s Dennis Fisher explains:

    [The weakness] enables an attacker to listen in on the connection between the tablet and a BlackBerry handset. That connection, which is done via Bluetooth in the company’s Bridge application, is designed to allow users to access their corporate email, calendar and other data on the tablet.

    [The researchers were] able to locate and grab the authentication token sent between the two devices during Bridge connections and, as an unprivileged user, connect to the PlayBook and access the user’s email and other sensitive information. The key to their finding…is the fact that the PlayBook’s OS puts the authentication token for the Bridge sessions in a spot that is readable by anyone who knows how to find it.

    “While the bridge is active, the token is in a place that is essentially world readable. The .all file being in a place that is world readable is the thing that causes the problem with the Bridge sessions,” Lanier said.
    UPDATE: Statement from RIM, makers of the BlackBerry PlayBook:

    “The BlackBerry PlayBook issue described at the Infiltrate security conference has been resolved with BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, which is scheduled to be available as a free download to customers in February 2012. There are no known exploits, and risk is mitigated by the fact that a user would need to install and run a malicious application after initiating a BlackBerry Bridge connection with their BlackBerry smartphone.”
    Hackers can spy on BlackBerry PlayBook connections | ZDNet
    01-13-12 04:51 AM
  2. pigdude's Avatar
    It will only be an issue for you if you are stupid enough to sideload the malicious software to your device......
    01-13-12 07:40 AM
  3. howarmat's Avatar
    people on here sideload stuff all the time. You dont know whats in the code.
    01-13-12 09:35 AM
  4. ignites's Avatar
    well i dont use bridge much anymore anyways (wifi hotspot is preferred/faster)

    so it doesnt bother me i dont have any files on my pb just a few games...

    but yes rim plug the hole
    01-13-12 10:51 AM
  5. kerry6's Avatar
    NOW they really need to push this update out:





    Hackers can spy on BlackBerry PlayBook connections | ZDNet

    Hmm....Actually any Bluetooth device..That exploit has been around for years...

    The article should read "Hackers can spy on Bluetooth connections"....

    But i don't see anyone complaining about the Bluetooth headsets used with all model cell phones currently...Just more bias media at work..

    01-13-12 11:13 AM
  6. peter9477's Avatar
    Hmm....Actually any Bluetooth device..That exploit has been around for years...

    The article should read "Hackers can spy on Bluetooth connections"....

    But i don't see anyone complaining about the Bluetooth headsets used with all model cell phones currently...Just more bias media at work..
    They don't describe the Bluetooth part in detail, so I wonder if it's the same thing you're thinking of. You didn't include a link so I can't compare them.

    Note that, contrary to how the article might sound, they're not doing this by sniffing traffic or anything like that. There's a flaw in the PPS subsystem which they noticed, and using that they simply retrieve a token used by the connection, which the PlayBook has stored in the filesystem.

    This could be read by any app, quietly and without you realizing it, which is why it's a concern at all. It's not possible to do this without either releasing a malicious app through App World (and I expect they've been checking for this exploit for a while) or sideloading one, which requires physical access to the tablet and its password.
    01-13-12 11:33 AM
  7. Pearl9100's Avatar
    ouch.

    10 char
    01-14-12 02:08 AM
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