Research In Motion (RIM) has started the roll out of a new update for the BlackBerry Playbook devices worldwide. While the update 1.07.3312 comes in the form of the device OS upgrade, it focuses mainly on the security fixes and not on performance or operations related improvements.
The update aims at fixing the Adobe Flash issues that can potentially affect any PC, tablet, or other device with an operating system that supports Adobe Flash.
This vulnerability APSB11-26, identified by Adobe as critical vulnerabilities have been identified in Adobe Flash Player 10.3.183.7 and earlier versions that could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. And there were reports that of these vulnerabilities being exploited to trick the user into clicking on a malicious link delivered in an email message.
Adobes released the Flash player update version 10.3.183.10 for most devices but since the Playbook does not use a separate Flash application the Playbook developers have updated the Flash version through the operating system update option.
While there have been no attacks reported worldwide involving the attack on a Blackberry playbook, RIM is still urging Playbook users to upgrade to the latest update for added security.
The update is available for users across the globe over the air and users will get automatic notification for the update being available for the device.
Users running BlackBerry Playbook software version v18.104.22.16842 will get the update as a Flash only update which will take a few minutes to update over WiFi. Older OS version users will have to download the latest OS version along with the flash upgrade too.