Playbook owners were greeted with a small update today, bringing the current BlackBerry Playbook OS to v18.104.22.1688. The free update can be downloaded over-the-air by either clicking on the update notification or going to settings then update software.
[ED NOTE: Sorry guys, a contributor posted this and I didn’t realize how old it was until now. This patch was issued at the beginning of June.]
RIM has issued a security patch to address a security vulnerability that could leave many smartphones open to a virus attack. RIM didn’t issue a public statement about the vulnerability, but their site reminds users that “as a mobile device best practice, Research In Motion recommends that BlackBerry smartphone users open attachments from trusted sources only,”
Carl Leonard of U.K.-based Websense Security Lab said hackers may be looking to steal corporate sales information, intellectual property or customer data, all of which has value in the underground economy.
Nobody has come out saying they’ve been affected by this vulnerability, and RIM’s security patch will stop any future attempts at hacking into the device.
RIM released a security patch earlier this week to fix a security vulnerability related to the PDF distiller in the BES’ BlackBerry Attachment Service. If left unchecked, the vulnerability would allow malicious code to be hidden within a PDF attachment to cause memory corruption or execute commands on the BlackBerry.
The security threat affects BlackBerry Enterprise Server software version 4.1 Service Pack 3 (4.1.3) through 4.1 Service Pack 6 (4.1.6) and BlackBerry Professional Software 4.1 Service Pack 4 (4.1.4). BES admins, act now! Click the link below to read RIM’s security advisory.
We haven’t had any problems up here, but there are reports that this last weekend a lot of folks had their BlackBerry clocks automatically set back an hour for daylight savings. The problem is that back in ’05, a bill was passed to change the DST date to the first weekend of November, rather than the last weekend of October, but the change wouldn’t happen until now so that device manufacturers could adjust their automated settings. The long and short is, if your device was made before then, you might have gotten a little mixed up. A bit late now, maybe, but you can fix the problem so it doesn’t happen again next year by downloading a patch over the air available at mobile.blackberry.com
We’ve heard some reports about problems with syncing calendars on the BlackBerry 8830 and BlackBerry 8300 with your PC. If you happen to be in this boat, there’s an over the air patch available to fix the issue both on your handheld and BES if need be. You shouldn’t have to worry if you’re packing an OS version higher than 22.214.171.124, which solved the glitch. There’s the odd horror story revolving around patch installation, but it seems that by and large the patch does what it’s supposed to with minimal fuss.