BlackBerry to send security patches for iOS and Android BBM apps to protect against Heartbleed bug

BlackBerry to send security patches for iOS and Android BBM apps to protect against Heartbleed bug
BlackBerry is considered one of the leaders, if not the leader in mobile security. Despite this, the company does have apps affected by the Heartbleed bug. This is the potent bug used by hackers to steal data thanks to a flaw in the OpenSSL protocol that encrypts this data. The flaw has been around for years, and while no public reports of its use have ever been made, the fact that it does not leave a trace means that it might have been used successfully in the past.

Most BlackBerry products do not use the targeted software, but vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug is Secure Work Space corporate email, BBM for iOS and BBM for Android. This past weekend, BlackBerry Senior Vice President Scott Totzke told Reuters that hackers could break into those apps using either a Wi-Fi connection, or via a carrier network. Still, Totzke said that thanks to BlackBerry's security technology, the risk of an attack was small and would have to be carried out during a very small window of opportunity.

So while BlackBerry says that the apps are safe to use now, the Canadian manufacturer is also planning on sending out security patches for both the iOS and Android version of its messaging app. BlackBerry did not say when these updates would be sent out, so if you do have an iOS or Android device with the BBM app installed, keep your eyes peeled for this security update.

source: Reuters

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3 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

When it comes to security BB is li'l bit fast and first.

3. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea....if they have to get out the phone business.....they have a bright future in software and security...

2. SleekGeek

Posts: 17; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

It's good to see that even though for the most part even though BlackBerry products are secure, they are reacting quickly to patch up anything that may have the slightest vulnerabilities. I hope all OEM's follow suit.

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