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  • BlackBerry: The Class Action Lawsuit Resulting From The 'Jeep Hack' Could Negatively Impact QNX Sales [View article]
    KIA: "...if you don't have the admin password, the task will not execute,"

    And if you do it will execute. You have been writing above as if the OS is supposed to prevent the execution of valid commands from a certificated source. FORMAT C:\ is a legitimate command. You write as if Windows should prevent anyone executing it. You know full well it will do so.

    Your comment above pretends that legitimate commands from a valid, compromised programme should be detected as illegitimate. The whole mechanism of hacking is to create valid commands that cause harm. That is why they are called 'hacks'.

    There is another type of 'hack' which is an author who writes silver-tongued articles filled with half-truths and misrepresentations crafted to mislead.
    Aug 10, 2015. 09:20 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: The Class Action Lawsuit Resulting From The 'Jeep Hack' Could Negatively Impact QNX Sales [View article]
    KIA: "I not only understand BlackBerry's sandboxing model, but also Android's, iOS's as well as OS X and Windows."

    In that case you know full well that 'QNX' was not responsible for the Jeep hack.
    Aug 10, 2015. 09:13 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: The Class Action Lawsuit Resulting From The 'Jeep Hack' Could Negatively Impact QNX Sales [View article]
    SO KIA you are saying that BBRY should vet the apps for vulnerabilities before allowing them to run on the OS? The same way Apple does?

    You are thereby admitting that it was not a problem with the OS, it is a problem with the APP. Your suggestion is that 'someone' should vet the apps, install an inviolable list of permissions.

    In your example, you chose access to, for example, the camera. Well, if an app has access to the camera, what is to prevent malware using that app to access the camera? Your 'solution' offers nothing.

    You write as if iOS is somehow secure because Apple has approved the app and listed its permissions. Why then are iPads so insecure they are not allowed to be present in the room when US government staff meet foreign delegations?
    Aug 10, 2015. 09:12 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: The Class Action Lawsuit Resulting From The 'Jeep Hack' Could Negatively Impact QNX Sales [View article]
    straton you are again confirming that it is the app which is being patched, not the OS. Thanks.
    Aug 10, 2015. 09:06 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: The Class Action Lawsuit Resulting From The 'Jeep Hack' Could Negatively Impact QNX Sales [View article]
    KIA you are extending your illegitimate claims. The app's credentials and permissions were used because they were legitimate. Therefor it is the responsibility of the app maker to ensure there are no doors left open. You are again pretending that the OS is not supposed to execute valid, certified, permitted instructions. You are again pretending that the OS is an anti-malware programme.
    Aug 10, 2015. 09:05 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: The Class Action Lawsuit Resulting From The 'Jeep Hack' Could Negatively Impact QNX Sales [View article]
    David653

    '...if the door is forgotten open.'

    No it is not. That is why at BBRY, software is tested to make sure there are no 'doors left open'.

    If some clown makes an app, big or small, that compromises the system, that app is directing the OS to do or allow things that the OS must execute. QNX is not a nanny, it is an OS. Unlike MSFT OS's it is stable.

    The amount of misunderstanding on this thread about how computers work is astonishing.

    There was a huge hole found in Firefox last week. Is it the responsibility of MSFT to have Windows prevent the execution of malware permitted by Firefox?

    Read a little about how QNX is used to manage, for instance, power:

    http://bit.ly/1TeBJnS

    KIA, your list of five 'Author's picks' are a good demonstration of the anti-BBRY bias in the article. By your logic Google is responsible for 85% of all Android devices being infected with malware, not the clowns who write the apps.
    Aug 10, 2015. 08:43 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: The Class Action Lawsuit Resulting From The 'Jeep Hack' Could Negatively Impact QNX Sales [View article]
    Yes snu-snu, it is bollocks. He is trying to make readers believe that an OS is supposed to prevent execution of valid instructions. If the valid instruction is received the system should execute it.

    You can compromise a company's BES12 installation be going into the server room and installing malware. Duh.

    Remember when Australian iPhone owners found their phones were being remote-locked by way of access through their online account? Remember the protests that it was not iOS that was compromised, it was the front door provided by the cloud service? Well, who runs the Apple cloud service? Who makes the OS?

    Compare: Who makes the QNX OS? Who makes the system running on top?

    KIA says it was a 'total architectural failure'. Let he who perceives, comprehend how inane that is.
    Aug 7, 2015. 01:12 PM | 22 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: The Class Action Lawsuit Resulting From The 'Jeep Hack' Could Negatively Impact QNX Sales [View article]
    "We must now ask the question if the hack was a failing of QNX proper, or Fiat Chrysler's implementation and/or whether Harman supplied Fiat Chrysler with the appropriate software tools and documentation to build secure system."

    I wonder if you will be providing answers to these questions, if they are 'must' questions. And if the failure to secure has nothing to do with the QNX system, what then? Will you be providing an upgrade to BBRY with warnings that the other wannabes have no longer have hope, invest accordingly?

    "I have to agree with the plaintiffs in this case"

    I suspected you would.

    "I think we can however agree that the infotainment system should be granted 'read' access to at least some of these systems.

    Really? But you also say it should not have any connection to the bus at all. How does that work, a connection and no connection at the same time?

    "Without knowing what portions of the system Harman was responsible for and what portions of the system Fiat Chrysler was responsible for it's difficult to say who is at fault here."

    That didn't stop you speculating that BBRY is going to suffer a share price drop because of the 'issue'.

    "But I think it's clear that everyone involved had a hand in this massive design failure."

    Oh, come on. Enough with the magnification. "Massive design failure"? How then would you classify Android phones when 85% of them have malware running on them? iOS has long standing back doors that remain unpatched after months of public knowledge. They must be 'catastrophic total meltdowns' on your scale of 'massive'.

    "Clearly, the demarcation line between operating system and applications was nonexistent or at least ineffective."

    First, comments have to make sense. This one doesn't. "Non-existent or at least ineffective": huh? Pick one, readers, surely something stinky will stick.

    "The QNX operating system, or the operating system on which it is based, must set up a firewall that exists between the various subsystems and the applications."

    Do you have any idea at all how QNX works? QNX is not an 'infotainment system' one can 'go to'.
    Aug 7, 2015. 11:21 AM | 17 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry's $8 Target Reached, Now What? [View article]
    Define 'making money'.
    Aug 6, 2015. 11:39 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry's $8 Target Reached, Now What? [View article]
    It's a device, not only a phone. It can make calls, but so can my computer. Is a laptop way too wide to be a phone? Should we ban making of calls if the device is too wide? How wide is wide enough? As wide as a soap bar?

    I have a Passport and I like it just fine. Love the key size. Bought another one yesterday for a friend overseas who is desperate to get their hands on one.
    Aug 6, 2015. 11:37 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry's $8 Target Reached, Now What? [View article]
    George, adding the revenue of the acquisitions to the BBRY legacy turnover, is there an upward dent or are these new companies not counted in the turnover? I guess I am asking if these continue as separate entities or are they absorbed into BBRY.

    Maybe they just licence the technologies gained to themselves.
    Aug 6, 2015. 05:08 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry +5.6%; Morgan Stanley upgrades, cites cash and job cuts [View news story]
    I think the 'run when minimised' option is only on the old OS version. That option is not on the new one. No switch can be moved. I will try CCleaner.
    Jul 29, 2015. 08:46 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry +5.6%; Morgan Stanley upgrades, cites cash and job cuts [View news story]
    KIA, that's funny!

    So why, when the full power of BB10 was finally revealed, would Apple issue a sheepish promise that in about a year the iPhone would have 'some of the features of BB10'?

    Which promise they largely failed to fulfil...

    Samsung put a lot of money into trying to have 2 (two!!) apps running at the same time, almost like a pseudo-BlackBerry...

    Mobile Iron, yatta yatta, yatta. All BlackBerry wannabes.
    Jul 29, 2015. 08:42 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry +5.6%; Morgan Stanley upgrades, cites cash and job cuts [View news story]
    The biggest banks are hardly paragons of virtue, are they? Too big to fail, too big to bring to court, too international to bring to heel. Simply introducing a global currency would cut their income in half, meaning their advice is self-serving. Careful swallowing it. Mileage may vary.
    Jul 29, 2015. 08:31 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry +5.6%; Morgan Stanley upgrades, cites cash and job cuts [View news story]
    I took me some time to confirm that the Amazon App downloaded was not removable. I had a lot of trouble with it spying on my system before and it uses a lot of power. Each time I wanted a app I would reinstall it then delete it again. I am fine to leave it there as long as I can turn the wretched thing off, totally.

    I suspect it is used to sort through which ads to show and update inside apps. I view these intrusions as temporary. Popular resistance will eventually kill the intrusions.
    Jul 29, 2015. 08:28 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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