BBM users will be happy to know that BlackBerry confirmed that the level of risk for their smartphones to be vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug is minimal, but that it will offer a bug fix in the form of an update by Friday, April 18.
Scott Totzke, BlackBerry senior vice president, told Reuters yesterday that most of his company’s products do not use the vulnerable software, there are two apps in particular that might be affected by the Heartbleed vulnerability.
BlackBerry’s official named Secure Work Space corporate email and BBM for Android and iOS among the products the Canadian company plans to patch in order to remove the said vulnerability.
Totzke has stated that the risk of Android and iOS users to be affected by Heartbleed is small due to the fact that the BlackBerry’s security technology will make it very difficult for someone who wishes to exploit the vulnerability in order to gain data through an attack.
He claims that “it's a very complex attack that has to be timed in a very small window,” thus it should be safe for Android and iOS users to continue to take advantage of BBM’s features without fear that their smartphones will be hacked.
However, BBM users should expect a security update to arrive on their devices by Friday, which is meant to address the Heartbleed vulnerability.