1. sinfocomar's Avatar
    Secunia has issued an security advisory today regarding vulnerabilities in Playbook's Flash Player. Only seems to affect those tablets that have not been kept up to date.

    "Description

    Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in BlackBerry Tablet OS, which can be exploited by malicious people to bypass certain security restrictions and compromise a user's system.

    The vulnerabilities are caused due to a vulnerable bundled version of Adobe Flash Player.

    For more information:
    SA50876
    SA51213
    SA51560

    The vulnerabilities are reported in versions prior to 2.1.0.1526.

    Solution
    Update to version 2.1.0.1526 or later.
    Original Advisory
    BSRT-2013-004 (KB34161):
    KB34161-BSRT-2013-004 Vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player version included with the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet software

    Source: Security Advisory SA53453 - BlackBerry Tablet OS Flash Player Multiple Vulnerabilities - Secunia
    05-16-13 09:05 AM
  2. Dave Bourque's Avatar
    Flash player on almost any platform is full of vulnerabilities which is one of the reasons why iOS doesn't support it.

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    05-16-13 09:07 AM
  3. sinfocomar's Avatar
    Hi Dave, as a part-time developer I appreciate Adobe Flash can do many things other software platforms can't. I believe iOS and any other lacking Flash support is poorer without it. That said, this advisory is a reminder that no platform is without bugs and have to be constantly checked and updated during their life cycle. I'm happy Blackberry did incorporate Flash into their products and is updating and keeping their customers glad they bought the Playbook. I'm certainly one of them. Cheers!
    05-16-13 09:23 AM
  4. Dave Bourque's Avatar
    Oh for sure it's great, I'm just saying it's common for flash to have security vulnerabilities.

    Posted via CB10
    05-16-13 10:25 AM
  5. SlcCorrado's Avatar
    Oh for sure it's great, I'm just saying it's common for flash to have security vulnerabilities.

    Posted via CB10
    Yup. Like you said... Exactly why Apple doesn't support it
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    05-16-13 10:27 AM
  6. sinfocomar's Avatar
    Well not exactly... Apple has actually listed why they think of Adobe Flash right here: Thoughts on Flash
    The main reason was not bugs but rather they didn't want a layer controlled by some company that wasn't Apple. In other words Apple wanted to be the only one in control.

    Secunia lists many more bugs on Apple platforms for other products and they haven't been dropped them. That's where I believe Blackberrys move was remarkable: built a new mobile platform with an OS that keeps security problems from any software contained and then developed a mobile platform with Flash support. I think its more remarkable they keep it up to date even after Adobe dropped Flash for mobile. In my mind, in the context of the fix they've provided, a reminder of why Blackberry is a trusted company.
    05-16-13 03:02 PM
  7. Cynycl's Avatar
    Don't worry ..... it will be fixed.................SOON
    sad_old_man and kbz1960 like this.
    05-16-13 04:56 PM
  8. sad_old_man's Avatar
    Don't worry ..... it will be fixed.................SOON
    Is that soon soon, or just soon?
    kbz1960 likes this.
    05-16-13 05:20 PM
  9. sinfocomar's Avatar
    "The vulnerabilities are reported in versions prior to 2.1.0.1526."

    The advisory is only for Playbooks that haven't been updated to latest OS
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    05-16-13 05:24 PM
  10. Chaddface's Avatar
    Don't worry ..... it will be fixed.................SOON
    "The vulnerabilities are reported in versions prior to 2.1.0.1526."

    The advisory is only for Playbooks that haven't been updated to latest OS
    That was fast.
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    05-16-13 05:32 PM
  11. sad_old_man's Avatar
    "The vulnerabilities are reported in versions prior to 2.1.0.1526."

    The advisory is only for Playbooks that haven't been updated to latest OS
    Doesn't that mean we all need bb10? Oh no!
    05-16-13 05:32 PM
  12. FF22's Avatar
    Is that soon soon, or just soon?
    It is not soon soon, but sooner than soon!
    kbz1960 and sad_old_man like this.
    05-16-13 06:47 PM
  13. Orange UK's Avatar
    Is that sooner fixed than sooner delivered or have I peaked too.SOON?
    kbz1960 and sad_old_man like this.
    05-16-13 07:09 PM
  14. joshua_sx1's Avatar
    How I wish that BlackBerry defines "soon" as "zoom"...

    Posted via Z10
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    05-16-13 08:36 PM
  15. masterscarhead1's Avatar
    Hmmm, wonder if the security vulnerability can be exploited for a root
    sad_old_man likes this.
    05-16-13 08:39 PM
  16. dbmalloy's Avatar
    still more secure than Windows.....
    05-16-13 08:41 PM
  17. kbz1960's Avatar
    still more secure than Windows.....
    Only because who the heck would bother with trying to infect so few users? Just like mac use to be.
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    05-16-13 08:52 PM
  18. SlcCorrado's Avatar
    How I wish that BlackBerry defines "soon" as "zoom"...

    Posted via Z10
    Not in this lifetime, haha. Maybe things will keep getting better though. Doesn't matter to me. I love to complain online just like everyone else, haha, but at the end of the day, as long as BlackBerrys are around, I'll be using them
    05-16-13 08:54 PM
  19. sad_old_man's Avatar
    Is that sooner fixed than sooner delivered or have I peaked too.SOON?
    I had that problem once! See your doctor.
    FF22 likes this.
    05-17-13 08:36 AM
  20. blueberrymerry's Avatar
    Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in BlackBerry Tablet OS, which can be exploited by malicious people to bypass certain security restrictions and compromise a user's system.
    Please please please let this mean root access! Then I can install Android or Ubuntu on this thing.
    05-17-13 10:08 AM
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