Malicious PDFs leave BlackBerrys vulnerable

Blackberry Storm smartphone

BlackBerry servers could be left vulnerable to hacking, according to an advisory statement on RIM's website.

The document said that there are several vulnerabilities in the system. "These vulnerabilities could enable a malicious individual to send an email message containing a specially crafted PDF file, which when opened for viewing on a BlackBerry smartphone, could cause memory corruption and possibly lead to arbitrary code execution on the computer that hosts the BlackBerry Attachment Service."

It currently affects BlackBerry Enterprise Server versions 4.1x and 5.0, as well as Blackberry Professional Software. RIM has released interim security updates via the website until the problem is fully fixed, but has warned its users to avoid processing PDF files in the meantime.

It also reminded its customers: "As a mobile device best practice, Research In Motion (RIM) recommends that BlackBerry smartphone users open attachments from trusted sources only."

Yesterday Kapersky launched its new mobile security 8.0 due to the rise of people using their mobile phones like computers.

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