Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Attacks/Breaches

12/7/2011
11:20 AM
Eric Zeman
Eric Zeman
Commentary
50%
50%

RIM's PlayBook Security Patch Doesn't Last Long

Research In Motion hoped to close a security breach with a software update to its PlayBook tablet, but coders cracked the patch in only a few hours.

Research In Motion provided a system update to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet late Tuesday. According to the changelog, the primary purpose of the update was to plug a security hole being exploited by the Dingleberry Playbook jailbreak tool.

The log said that version 1.0.8.6067, which is only 5 MB in size, "offers support for Flash 10.3 and updates to Adobe AIR to support developers in addition to DST and security fixes."

Researchers had recently released a tool--called Dingleberry--that unlocks the PlayBook, a first for RIM's tablet, which included government-grade security features. Once unlocked, PlayBook users are granted access to the entire PlayBook codebase, allowing them to do a lot more with it than through the generally available tools.

For example, the Android Market--and its hundreds of thousands of apps--is available for the first time on the PlayBook. While RIM is still developing PlayBook OS 2.0, which will bring support for Android apps in an emulator, impatient PlayBook owners can dive in now if they don't mind cracking the tablet's code. (The patch isn't yet available to developers already using the PlayBook OS 2.0 beta.)

[ No doubt, RIM's had a bad year. Will RIM Make It To 2013? ]

RIM responded to the news of a jailbreak for its beleaguered tablet. "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 said in a statement last week. "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."

As stated, the security patch was able to close up the breach discovered by the Dingleberry developers--but not for long.

Chris Wade, one of the researchers behind the rooting tool, released a new version of Dingleberry that uses a different exploit to punch through the PlayBook's security to achieve jailbreak.

RIM has yet to make any statements about the new jailbreak, but surely it is cursing and already looking at ways to plug the new hole.

Earlier this year, the PlayBook was awarded FIPS certification by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). It is the only tablet that has received this level of security certification.

FIPS certification is required for devices to be used by the federal government. This clears the PlayBook for use by government agencies, and means the PlayBook meets RIM's own stringent security requirements for features such as native email and contact management.

RIM has to stand by the PlayBook, especially with respect to security. I'd expect RIM to distribute a new security update as quickly as it can.

Database access controls keep information out of the wrong hands. Limit who sees what to stop leaks--accidental and otherwise. Also in the new, all-digital Dark Reading supplement: Why user provisioning isn't as simple as it sounds. Download the supplement now. (Free registration required.)

 

Recommended Reading:

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 8/3/2020
'BootHole' Vulnerability Exposes Secure Boot Devices to Attack
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  7/29/2020
Out-of-Date and Unsupported Cloud Workloads Continue as a Common Weakness
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer,  7/28/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
Special Report: Computing's New Normal, a Dark Reading Perspective
This special report examines how IT security organizations have adapted to the "new normal" of computing and what the long-term effects will be. Read it and get a unique set of perspectives on issues ranging from new threats & vulnerabilities as a result of remote working to how enterprise security strategy will be affected long term.
Flash Poll
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
This report describes some of the latest attacks and threats emanating from the Internet, as well as advice and tips on how your organization can mitigate those threats before they affect your business. Download it today!
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-16271
PUBLISHED: 2020-08-03
The SRP-6a implementation in Kee Vault KeePassRPC before 1.12.0 generates insufficiently random numbers, which allows remote attackers to read and modify data in the KeePass database via a WebSocket connection.
CVE-2020-16272
PUBLISHED: 2020-08-03
The SRP-6a implementation in Kee Vault KeePassRPC before 1.12.0 is missing validation for a client-provided parameter, which allows remote attackers to read and modify data in the KeePass database via an A=0 WebSocket connection.
CVE-2020-8574
PUBLISHED: 2020-08-03
Active IQ Unified Manager for Linux versions prior to 9.6 ship with the Java Management Extension Remote Method Invocation (JMX RMI) service enabled allowing unauthorized code execution to local users.
CVE-2020-8575
PUBLISHED: 2020-08-03
Active IQ Unified Manager for VMware vSphere and Windows versions prior to 9.5 are susceptible to a vulnerability which allows administrative users to cause Denial of Service (DoS).
CVE-2020-12739
PUBLISHED: 2020-08-03
A vulnerability in the Fanuc i Series CNC (0i-MD and 0i Mate-MD) could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause an affected CNC to become inaccessible to other devices. The vulnerability is due to improper design or implementation of the Ethernet communication modules of the CNC. An attack...