Monday, March 14, 2011

BlackBerry Cracked In Hacking Contest -

RIM's revamp of browser with open-source code gave the winners an opening

By Kelly Jackson Higgins
The closely held BlackBerry is no longer a relative enigma in smartphone security: a team of three researchers yesterday at the Pwn2Own contest at the CanSec West conference in Vancouver hacked the device by exploiting a vulnerability in BlackBerry's newest browser version.

The team -- Vincenzo Iozzo, Willem Pinckaers and Ralf Philipp Weinmann -- exploited a flaw in the open-source WebKit browser code that RIM now uses in new versions of its smartphone platform, and then grabbing the contact list and image database of a RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800.


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