RIM Makes 106 Passwords Unusable on BlackBerry 10

Posted by at 2:23 am on December 6, 2012

A list containing passwords unusable on BlackBerry 10 devices has leaked. The list, containing what Research in Motion deems to be the most obvious passwords, appears to be designed to stop anyone from using easily-guessable passwords on the operating system. Though not a cure-all to every security threat, it does add some security by forcing users to choose more secure words, phrases, or codes than they would have previously used.

The 106-strong list contains the most obvious choices, such as “password,” “123456,” “abcdef,” and “qwerty,” but on further appearance, does not appear to be a list derived from released password-related research. A number of passwords appear to be related to Disney properties, including “poohbear,” “tigger,” “rabbit,” “eeyore,” “mickey,” “donald,” and “dorothy”, “canada” makes the list yet other countries do not, and both “monday” and “Monday” appear in the same list right next to each other.

The head of the list, as found by RapidBerry, tells that it is to be kept in sync with a file on a BlackBerry server, meaning that there will almost certainly be new additions to the blacklist in the future, if not before the BlackBerry 10 release itself.

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