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BlackBerry users get patch for phishing flaw

Site certificate bug fixed by security update

Research In Motion has released a BlackBerry patch that fixes a display flaw that could help phishers conduct an attack.

The flaw involves the dialog box that displays when a BlackBerry user visits a supposedly secured site that uses a mismatched security certificate. If a scammer creates a certificate that uses hidden characters, the BlackBerry browser will correctly recognise a mismatch between such a certificate and a website's name and display a warning dialog.

However, the old dialog doesn't display hidden characters, which could make the certificate and site name look the same in the warning and lead users to ignore it.

The new version will correctly display hidden characters in the dialog box. For screenshot examples of the old v. new dialog boxes, along with further details, see RIM's security advisory. According to that post, all versions of the BlackBerry Device Software need the patch, which is available from http://www.blackberry.com/updates/.

See also:

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