BlackBerry to Patch BBM for iOS and Android in Effort to Protect Against Heartbleed Bug

BlackBerry revealed plans to release security updates to protect its messaging software from the Heartbleed bug.

Specifically, the Waterloo-based smartphone maker is addressing potential vulnerabilities for BBM on Android and iOS, which may be affected by Heartbleed.

BlackBerry senior vice president Scott Totzke says most BlackBerry products do not use vulnerable software, but BBM for non-BlackBerry platforms is an exception.

However, easing concerns, Totzke told Reuters that a “very complex attack” within a “very small window” of time is required to exploit BBM’s vulnerability, suggesting the app is safe to use without the update. “The level of risk here is extremely small,” according to Totzke.