This is the first year a Pwn2Own participant was able to “crack” RIM’s BlackBerry OS, which is typically considered the most secure mobile OS. Hackers Vincenzo Iozzo, Willem Pinckaers and Ralf Philipp Weinmann gained access to all contact information and the device image-database on a BlackBerry Torch running RIM’s BlackBerry OS 22.214.171.124, via RIM’s WebKit browser, which is only found in the company’s BlackBerry 6 OS and not previous software versions, according to ZDNet.com.
In other words, the flaw only affects users running RIM’s BlackBerry 6 OS and later, and other BlackBerry owners with earlier device software need not worry about the flaw.
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