Research in Motion (RIM) is taking a firm stance against the practice of jailbreaking its Playbook tablet and Blackberry handsets.
The company said in a posting to its BlackBerry for Business blog that it would be adopting an aggressive approach to patch any and all methods which could be employed by users to obtain root access to its devices.
In the post, BlackBerry Security Incident Response Team director Adrian Stone said that the company classified jailbreak vulnerabilities in to two categories.
This distinguishes between flaws which required the user to initiate the vulnerability through a PC connection and other manual procedures to modify the device and procedures which could be performed remotely by exploiting security vulnerabilities in the platform.
Stone said that flaws which fall into the first category will be considered lower priority and will be patched with scheduled security updates.
Flaws which fall into the second category, however, will be addressed with an immediate security notice followed by a fix or recommendations for remediation.
While the company may not immediately patch certain jailbreak flaws, Stone noted that RIM does not condone jailbreaking and considers the procedure to be a security risk.
"RIM recommends against installing any jailbreaking tool," Stone warned.
"Customers who use a jailbreaking tool on BlackBerry products void the manufacturer warranty and also increase the long-term risk of negatively impacting the stability and user experience of their BlackBerry products."
Jailbreaking on RIM products has been a hot issue among PlayBook users in particular. A jailbreaking community has begun to grow around the device, particularly in the wake of the first published PlayBook jailbreak tools.
RIM's stance is similar to that of Apple on its iOS devices.
While jailbreaking products have been available for virtually every iOS device dating back to the first iPhone, Applke has long-maintained that it does not support the procedure and iOS firmware updates have been known to disable jailbreaks or even permanently damage unlocked devices.
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