12-25-2005, 03:58 AM
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| | The policy.bin debacle
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Hi, first of all, I'm sorry to bore with this first post.
Secondly, without wanting to instigate a flaming, is anyone willing to send through a profile.bin? I can host it, and for those that are completely sick of this topic, it might just go away forever. I've been laughing at the flames for the last hour, so if the answer is no xxxx-off (or something to the same effect), no need to reply ;-)
I'm trying to get hold of a BES installation, with the ITPolicy.exe tool, but I'm not sure how long that'll take, when I do, I'll host the file...
I've a newbie to the Blackberry (2 days in). I'm a developer, currently working on a J2ME application. It runs great on other J2ME platforms, but I appear to have the same problem as many in that I too got sucked into buying my device on EBay. The issue I now face is that I'm unable to install any third party (e.g. my own) applications. Now I know the cause of this, and the resolution (mainly through reading posts on this Forum) but I'm now wondering what big deal is in having a default profile.bin file?
I really don't understand the arguments that have been put forward to suggest this will breach a company's security model. If the procedure of allowing a clean IT Policy to be installed will compromise the security of existing BES installations then isn't the entire system flawed? Couldn't I have two BES accounts (one hosted, and one at a company) and switch between them in exactly the same way as I would switch between a company's IT Policy, and the Default, clean policy?
It seems utterly bizarre that RIM's two business models are BES and the Web thing (sorry, forgotten the name), and yet once you use a BES, there's a good chance that the Device will become useless for anything else. Wouldn't a better model be to essentially perform a scan of the device prior to connecting to a BES to ensure it hasn't been tampered with? Rather that the IT Policy take up residency in some PROM that can never be erased (the word virus springs to mind ;-)
I'm not being argumentative, I genuinely would like to understand it more (RIM technical support are hopeless).
Also, just a question I would like some clarification on; On the device, in the Security Options, I see a 'Default' IT Policy is installed. If there wasn't an IT Policy installed, would this be there? Another post mentioned something about this, but it wasn't exactly clear whether 'Default' actually means 'None', or someone simply named the IT Profile 'Default'. I'm running version 4 Firmware.