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Old 03-07-2011, 08:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone,

i'm doing some research for my master thesis about mobile security and so i have a few questions regarding BB.
1. What is the regular way to install Software to your BB device? Is there something like a store where only registered developers can distribute their software? Is there any kind of quality control?
2. Is this software digitally signed to prevent malicious software to be spread?
3. Is it possible to install (unsigned) 3rd party software from other sites?
4. Is there something similar to a killswitch to remove malicious software remotely?
5. Its possible to prevent users to install 3rd party software by policies?

Thanks in advance
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: General questions about BB for master thesis

Do some more research. All of these questions are answered already.

TBH, I think it's pretty dishonest to come and ask all of your questions rather than searching for yourself, considering this is your "master thesis".
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: General questions about BB for master thesis

Miracoli, really... those are elementary questions that can answered (almost simply) by owning a BlackBerry, and doing one or two searches in this forum.

If we answer these questions for your Master's Thesis... just how do you plan to cite us as a source in your thesis?
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Hi,
of course i already did some research, i just wanted to make sure everythings correct. Especially since I do not own a BlackBerry Device and i don't know anyone that owns one (BB is not widespread in Germany). I apologize if there was a misunderstanding.
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1. What is the regular way to install Software to your BB device? Is there something like a store where only registered developers can distribute their software? Is there any kind of quality control?
2. Is this software digitally signed to prevent malicious software to be spread?
3. Is it possible to install (unsigned) 3rd party software from other sites?
4. Is there something similar to a killswitch to remove malicious software remotely?
5. Its possible to prevent users to install 3rd party software by policies?
1. Through the Store at appworld.blackberry.com/webstore where only registered Developers can distribute apps. Apps are reviewed before they are released and digitally signed.
2. YES
3. YES, but unsigned software can't use all APIs to prevent it from doing malicious things.
4. NO
5. YES

Maybe there are some Details which i have overlooked?
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1 - apps can be downloaded over the air from the Internet with no need for a store. Apps can be loaded via the Desktop manager program.

5 - IT Policies are for corporate BlackBerry Enterprise Servers (BES) customers only

Keep searching...
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The important thing for my thesis is, that there are sources that can be trusted because the apps are signed and reviewed (e.g. the mentioned store) but it is also possible for the user to install unsigned apps if he really wants to (in contrast to non jailbroken iOS for example). No need to mention every possible way of getting apps to the phone. I'm only going to write some sentences about BB and compare it to other Systems.

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