Rumor has it Lenovo wants BlackBerry, but security …

A new, anonymously sourced rumor1 indicates Lenovo may still be interested in making a bid for BlackBerry, and that it could make an offer above the company s current share price. The source claims that Lenovo may make an offer in the very near future, even as early as next week. There are no other firm details on the possible deal.

This isn t the first time we ve seen Lenovo linked with a BlackBerry buyout. In January 20132, reports quoting Lenovo s chief financial officer showed the company was certainly interested in pursuing BlackBerry.

The company even admitted there had been some preliminary discussions between the two firms. Fast-forward to October 20133, and yet more rumors of Lenovo s interest in BlackBerry appeared.

Related: We review the BlackBerry Passport4

Subsequently, Lenovo purchased Motorola from Google, giving it a well-known international brand with which it can increase sales from its already strong smartphone division. However, it s hard to imagine that Lenovo would want to splash out on a new mobile 5company before the Motorola deal has even been finalized.

Acting like a spend-thrift isn t the only reason a new BlackBerry/Lenovo deal sounds a little unlikely. BlackBerry is in the midst of a comeback (of sorts)6, following the launch of the Passport, and the upcoming release of the BlackBerry Classic7.

If things are about to turn around for the company, a sale may not be at the top of its list.

CEO John Chen recently said he s concentrating on building value, at BlackBerry, which some analysts predict will precede an eventual sale.

However, Chen has also specifically said8 any offer from a Chinese firm would probably be rejected, due to regulatory concerns.

Related: John Chen is BlackBerry s secret weapon9

Given the anonymity of the source, and the well-publicized problems of a BlackBerry sale to a Chinese company, we d treat this rumor with suspicion until a more official statement is made.

References

  1. ^ anonymously sourced rumor (www.benzinga.com)
  2. ^ In January 2013 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  3. ^ Fast-forward to October 2013 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  4. ^ We review the BlackBerry Passport (www.digitaltrends.com)
  5. ^ mobile (www.digitaltrends.com)
  6. ^ a comeback (of sorts) (www.digitaltrends.com)
  7. ^ the BlackBerry Classic (www.digitaltrends.com)
  8. ^ specifically said (www.digitaltrends.com)
  9. ^ John Chen is BlackBerry s secret weapon (www.digitaltrends.com)

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BlackBerry 10 Vulnerable to MiTM Attack

BlackBerry is struggling enough in the smartphone wars1 as it is, but the venerable pocket assistant company has been dealt a blow: a vulnerability around the BlackBerry World app store has been discovered, which would allow spoofing in order to serve up malicious files.

The flaw affects BlackBerry 10 smartphone customers running the BlackBerry World widget, which device-owners use to search for and download apps. According to the BlackBerry advisory2, the problem exists in the BlackBerry World service s download mechanism, and opens the door to a man-in-the-middle attack.

An attacker could essentially masquerade as the app store, so that a user would think that they are downloading an official app from an official source, when in fact it s a malicious file from a fake source.

After using a MiTM approach to intercept a user s BlackBerry World application download, and the rogue app is installed on the phone, nefarious sorts can use the malware to gain access to any data or settings allowed by the app permissions that the user granted.

BlackBerry customer risk is limited both by the requirement that customers must first connect to an attacker-controlled network, and by the inability of a potential attacker to force exploitation of the vulnerability without customer interaction, the company stressed.

It added, Successful exploitation requires an attacker to intercept a user s application download/update request from BlackBerry World over a compromised network and replace the response from the server with a malicious file. It also requires that a user accept the permissions and install the malicious app.

The company also noted that BlackBerry World employs application integrity checking and secure download methods to ensure that the correct app is downloaded and installed.

The vulnerability3 is not currently being exploited, the company said, and BlackBerry has issued a fix.

BlackBerry is struggling enough in the smartphone wars4 as it is, but the venerable pocket assistant company has been dealt a blow: a vulnerability around the BlackBerry World app store has been discovered, which would allow spoofing in order to serve up malicious files.

The flaw affects BlackBerry 10 smartphone customers running the BlackBerry World widget, which device-owners use to search for and download apps.

According to the BlackBerry advisory5, the problem exists in the BlackBerry World service s download mechanism, and opens the door to a man-in-the-middle attack.

An attacker could essentially masquerade as the app store, so that a user would think that they are downloading an official app from an official source, when in fact it s a malicious file from a fake source.

After using a MiTM approach to intercept a user s BlackBerry World application download, and the rogue app is installed on the phone, nefarious sorts can use the malware to gain access to any data or settings allowed by the app permissions that the user granted.

BlackBerry customer risk is limited both by the requirement that customers must first connect to an attacker-controlled network, and by the inability of a potential attacker to force exploitation of the vulnerability without customer interaction, the company stressed.

It added, Successful exploitation requires an attacker to intercept a user s application download/update request from BlackBerry World over a compromised network and replace the response from the server with a malicious file.

It also requires that a user accept the permissions and install the malicious app.

The company also noted that BlackBerry World employs application integrity checking and secure download methods to ensure that the correct app is downloaded and installed.

The vulnerability6 is not currently being exploited, the company said, and BlackBerry has issued a fix.

References

  1. ^ smartphone wars (www.theinquirer.net)
  2. ^ advisory (btsc.webapps.blackberry.com)
  3. ^ vulnerability (cve.mitre.org)
  4. ^ smartphone wars (www.theinquirer.net)
  5. ^ advisory (btsc.webapps.blackberry.com)
  6. ^ vulnerability (cve.mitre.org)

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Security Guards Beats PPP Jiyala In Today's Jalsa

Who will recover Billions of Rupees of 19 Pakistani Banks loan (Poor Pakistani Tax Payer s Money) from Badshah Nawaz Sharif Family alone & Billions of Rupees more from othercorrupt PMLN PPP ANP politicians & corrupt bureaucrats & corrupt judges?
Maryam Nawaz or Bilawal Bhutto or they all are thieves?
In Western Democracies no elected politician and bureaucrat is allowed to hold public office who files a bankruptcy?

Are we morally corrupt?
Unfortunately our corrupt Police, Bureaucracy, Corrupt Kangaroo Court Judges, Army Generals are with the corrupt devil politicians, they want status quo corrupt system because they get a share of the corruption, no one cares about Mango People of Pakistan, we are just slaves, insects!
We got independence from Gorray Angreez who were only 100000 in whole subcontinent & now we are slaves of about 600 families of Kalay Angreez ironically for their protection total number of police in Pakistan is 100000.
Only with high literacy rate a change can happen, Let us stand united with Imran Khan to end this injustice, corruption, nepotism, violence and have accountability, rule of law, good education, flourishing economy, democratic liberal vibrant society, affordable health care, peace & security in our Motherland!
We need laws & so called Constitution for the protection of Poor Mango People of Pakistan not for the protection of Corrupt Gang of Thug Politicians, corrupt Police, corrupt Army Generals, corrupt Bureaucrats & corrupt Judges!???
Go Nawaz & Zardari Corruption Partnership Go Crumble?

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