The other day we first reported that the BlackBerry PlayBook had been successfully rooted for the first time by veteran iPhone jailbreaker Chris Wade and team. A root tool dubbed ‘DingleBerry’ is supposedly going to be released this week to allow others to root their PlayBooks too. RIM has apparently offered up this response to the matter:

“Research In Motion (RIM) is aware of a claim made on Twitter by security researchers working together that suggests the ability to “jailbreak” a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The term “jailbreaking” is commonly used to describe altering the software on a smartphone or tablet in order to obtain access to systems or applications not officially authorized or distributed by the manufacturer. BlackBerry smartphone users are not affected.RIM is currently investigating this claim and has been in contact with one of the security researchers to discuss it.

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RIM is currently not aware of a jailbreak being leveraged by anyone other than the researchers, who claim to have performed a jailbreak on their own BlackBerry PlayBook tablets only. If it is determined that the claim is accurate, RIM will follow its standard response process to develop and release a software update that is designed to minimize adverse impact to our customers or carrier partners. RIM is aware that the security researchers have stated they intend to release a tool to jailbreak the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. If such a tool is released, RIM will investigate it.

The security of mobile devices and major networked systems is tested by third-party security researchers every day. RIM also continually tests the security of its own products, and volunteers its products to recognized industry experts for security testing and certification to help identify possible issues. RIM is committed to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and to working with researchers to continue to protect our customers.”

RIM holds security to the highest standard, given that’s one of the key selling points of a BlackBerry. As RIM states above, they’re in contact with the creators of the root and will likely have it patched, before or quickly after ‘DingleBerry’ is released. That is, if it ever does get released. Nonetheless, this is the first time a BlackBerry product has ever been rooted before. Do you think this will have any impact on the PlayBook’s FIPS certification?