‫ BlackBerry to release Heartbleed fixes for BBM Messenger, Secure Work Space

Date: 2014-04-16

According to “zdnet”,BlackBerry plans to release a set of updates to plug the security holes left by the OpenSSL flaw Heartbleed.

Heartbleed is a security flaw which was discovered by researchers this month. The vulnerability is found in OpenSSL software used to keep data secure across a variety of services, including across messaging services, content sharing, online shopping and banking.

Through the flaw, hackers can theoretically communicate with a server, steal large amounts of data, and vanish without a trace.

A number of companies have issued patches to stem the problem, including Google, Facebook, YouTubeand Yahoo. According to Reuters, BlackBerry is now next on the list, with BlackBerry senior vice president Scott Totzke said the firm will need to update two popular BlackBerry products, Secure Work Space corporate email and BBM messaging program for Android and iOS.

Totzke says that the majority of BlackBerry services do not use OpenSSL and therefore are impervious to Heartbleed, but Secure Work Space and BBM messaging may be vulnerable if cybercriminals gain access to these apps through Wi-Fi or carrier networks.

Totzke says, believes it is safe to continue using these services until patches are released.

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