Last week at Pwn2Own 2011, Research In Motion suffered their first legitimate hack due to vulnerabilities found in the new webkit browser bundled in OS 6. RIM has responded with this workaround for a temporary solution to the problem:

Users of BlackBerry Device Software version 6.0 and later can disable the use of JavaScript in the BlackBerry Browser to prevent exploitation of the vulnerability. The issue is not in JavaScript but the use of JavaScript is necessary to exploit the vulnerability.

Turning off JavaScript may impact the ability to view web pages, or result in a diminished browsing experience.

Unfortunately, RIM did not give an ETA on the delivery of a patch. Most likely, all carriers will have to first approve the updated software release, which could take a good bit of time. Hopefully, the temporary fix will be just that, temporary, and we’ll see a solid fix expedited through carriers. For further information on the issue, check out the RIM knowledge base article here.