BlackBerry looks into Heartbleed vulnerability

Since news broke out regarding the Heartbleed bug, many BlackBerry users also wanted to know if they were at risk. Just recently, the Canadian smartphone company released a statement that claimed that it is currently investigating this vulnerability. It attempted to pacify its clients by saying that all BlackBerry smartphones, BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5 and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 are not affected from the OpenSSL issue. Here’s the list of affected software:

  • BBM for iOS and Android
  • Secure Work Space for iOS and Android
  • BlackBerry Link for Windows
  • BlackBerry Link for Mac OS

With this bug, normally protected information could be leaked. A fix, however, was released for the affected BlackBerry products.

BlackBerry releases buffer overflow fix

Just last year, there was a report regarding a buffer overflow vulnerability with earlier verions of BlackBerry 10.2.0.1055. This was made by the folks at modzero. In response, BlackBerry has finally released a fix.

This is the official press release:

A stack-based buffer overflow vulnerability exists in the qconnDoor service supplied with affected versions of BlackBerry 10 OS. The qconnDoor service is used by BlackBerry 10 OS to provide developer access, such as shell and remote debugging capabilities, to the smartphone.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could potentially result in an attacker terminating the qconnDoor service running on a user’s BlackBerry smartphone. In addition, the attacker could potentially execute code on the user’s BlackBerry smartphone with the privileges of the root user (superuser).

An attacker can exploit this vulnerability in the following ways:

  • Over Wi-Fi – In order to exploit this vulnerability, an attacker must send a specially crafted message to the qconnDoor service on a smartphone located on the same Wi-Fi network. The smartphone user must have also enabled development mode on the smartphone before an attack.
  • Over USB – In order to exploit this vulnerability, an attacker must gain physical access to a smartphone and then send a specially crafted message to the qconnDoor service over USB.

This vulnerability has a Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) score of 7.9. View the linked Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) identifier for a description of the security issue that this security advisory addresses. – CVE-2014-1468

Everyone who’s affected is strongly advised to update their OS ASAP. Of course, if you’re running on later versions of BlackBerry OS 10.2.0.1055, then there is nothing to worry about.

BlackBerry wins NXP BV infringement case

BlackBerry recently released a report which stated that the company has won a patent infringement case brought by NXP BV. The latter had accused the Canadian smartphone company of infringing its patents. This included some of the features on the PlayBook and other BlackBerry devices. However, the case ended with the jury ruling in favor of BlackBerry.

This is what  Steve Zipperstein, Chief Legal Officer, has to say:

“We are pleased with the jury’s verdict. While this is a victory for BlackBerry, we look forward to a time when technology companies will no longer be forced to spend huge amounts of time and money defending frivolous patent cases such as these, and instead invest their resources to drive innovation. Until then, we will vigorously defend our intellectual property rights and contest all meritless claims.”

 

BlackBerry Z3 photos appear online

A photo of the BlackBerry Z3 that was taken in Malaysia has been circulating the internet. It has caught the attention of many. What’s the big deal about it? Well, the Z3 is the first device that was created by BlackBerry with Foxconn. The BlackBerry community is eager to learn more about this device.

The Z3 is said to be made for the low-income markets. It’s basically a budget-friendly phone. Unlike the other legacy devices, this smartphone will be running on OS 10. It features a 5-inch display that has a 540 x 960 resolution. It will be making its way to Indonesian markets by the end of the month. Other areas will soon have access to it, too.

Hopefully, the Canadian smartphone company will be able to win back some of the mobile market by introducing this and its other new devices.

New photos of BlackBerry Kopi released

Just in case you’re curious about the BlackBerry Kopi, you might want to check out these newly released photos of the upcoming phone. This time, these photos from Techrum are of the device at different angles. Enjoy.

As of now, nobody knows when this elusive device will be released. Judging from the photos, it does look nice. It seems to be a marriage between the Q5 and Z10. It has a removable battery and it has the usual BlackBerry buttons. Feature-wise, the only thing most sources are sure of is that this phone will be on the low-end side. This is probably because it’ll have a specific market and it needs to be affordable.

What are your first impressions of the BlackBerry Kopi?

BlackBerry World celebrates 5th anniversary

How time flies. Just a few years ago, BlackBerry World was known as BlackBerry App World when it first made its appearance on April 1, 2009. To celebrate five years of BlackBerry World, the Canadian smartphone company has opted to release five premium apps for free. Yes, you read that right. Here’s the official statement:

Celebrate with us – it’s like cake, but it lasts longer. 5 FREE birthday downloads just for you! From March 31st to April 4th, BlackBerry 10 and and BlackBerry OS users can visit BlackBerry World and be treated to 5 premium apps and game downloads.

There isn’t an official list yet. Also, there’s a good chance that there’s going to be a different app lineup depending on your location and device. Check out BlackBerry World if you’re excited to get these freebies. Happy 5th Anniversary, BlackBerry World!

BlackBerry wins injunction over Typo case

That’s it for Typo. It seems that BlackBerry was able to win an injunction over the sales of the Typo keyboard. If you’ve been closely following BlackBerry news, then you’d know that Typo produced a keyboard for iPhone that looks identical to the Canadian smartphone company’s iconic QWERTY keyboard. The said item is now facing a sales ban.

Here’s the official statement from Bloomberg:

U.S. District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco said in a ruling today that BlackBerry is likely to prevail on its infringement claims and that Typo hasn’t made a strong challenge to the validity of the smartphone maker’s patents. Orrick also dismissed Typo’s concern that a temporary sales ban may put the company out of business.

Although the injunction isn’t permanent, the fact that this happened doesn’t look good for Typo.

Who’s side are you on?

Three new BlackBerry devices to come soon

In an interview with Reuters, BlackBerry CEO John Chen disclosed that the Canadian smartphone company will be unveiling three high-end devices in the next 18 months. Accordingly, these devices will be created specifically for users who are more comfortable with using a keyboard.

As of the moment, the BlackBerry community is already expecting the BlackBerry Q20 or the BlackBerry Classic, so that makes one. Also, there’s the BlackBerry Z3, a touchscreen device. It’s quite exciting to see what else BlackBerry has under its sleeve.

Recently, the company reported that it was only able to sell about 1.1 million BlackBerry 10 phones in the last quarter. Chen and the BlackBerry team might be cooking something up in order to change the tides. For now, everyone will have to sit tight until more news about the upcoming devices will be released.

BlackBerry CEO warns against leakers

Leaks happen all the time and the BlackBerry community is no stranger to them. Fan boys practically feed on them, so they might not go away any time soon. However, it seems that BlackBerry CEO John Chen has some strong opinions regarding leakers. Here’s what he has to say:

“One of the most frustrating things for all of us at BlackBerry is when a critical and confidential project is reported in the media before we are ready to discuss it. Leaks are, at their best, distracting, and at their worst downright misleading to our stakeholders. The business implications of a leak are seldom advantageous.”

It’s unclear what particular leak has caused Mr. Chen to speak up, but he made it pretty clear that he isn’t happy about it. To all the leakers out there, this serves as an early warning.

BBM Money to expand this year

Not everyone is aware of the existence of BBM Money. Actually, the only time you’d ever even use it is if you’re living in Indonesia. However, it seems that the rest of the world will soon be able to experience this service as well. These speculations come from the fact that BBM has expanded to iOS, Android and maybe Windows Phone in the near future.

This is what David Proulx, Senior Director of BBM Business Development said in a recent interview with ReCode:

“Because we are, by nature, private and secure and reliable and regulatory-compliant, we are ideally suited to bring value in mobile money and financial services,” said Proulx. A BBM person-to-person money transfer service has been in trials in Indonesia, but Proulx said to expect BlackBerry to expand to more countries and more services this year. One area of keen interest is international transfers, Proulx said.

It will take time until this will actually happen, but it’s always good to know about what to expect from the BBM team.