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Malicious PDFs can commandeer BlackBerry Servers, RIM warns

Patch available

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Attackers can commandeer your BlackBerry servers by attaching maliciously formed PDF files to emails, Research in Motion warned Tuesday.

The manufacturer of the smartphone advised users to install an update that patches multiple flaws in the BlackBerry's PDF distiller.

The vulnerabilities are present on a variety of servers and in most cases carry a severity rating of 9.3 on the 10-tier common vulnerability and scoring system scale. The only exception is BlackBerry Enterprise Server software version 5.0.0 running on Microsoft Windows versions 2003 or 2008.

Patching instructions and additional details are available here. ®

This article was corrected to reflect that the vulnerability affected servers, not handsets.

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