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PlayBook OS Update Fixes Flash Vulnerability

Research in Motion plans to release an update to its BlackBerry Playbook tablet OS which addresses a vulnerability cited by Adobe that would allow hackers to access the tablet through the Flash platform.

Adobe had recently released a security advisory for its Flash platform, warning about a cross-site scripting vulnerability that could be used to gain control of the system when users visit a website hosting malicious Flash content.

The Canada based smartphone maker said in a blog post (opens in new tab)that PlayBook users will automatically receive the new BlackBerry PlayBook OS version as an update. The company advised users to manually search for updates as well.

The update is designed to protect users from the Adobe Flash vulnerability.

“While there are no known reports of any BlackBerry PlayBook users being affected by the Adobe Flash issue, we encourage all BlackBerry PlayBook users to update to this newest version of the BlackBerry Tablet OS,” the company said in a statement.

RIM also reported that users who purchase and activate a PlayBook device on or after July 12 will be automatically updated to the new OS as a part of the tablet’s activation process. BlackBerry customers are advised to periodically check for patches to keep their systems secure from this and future threats.