An independent study into the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet's security credentials has flagged up some pretty serious shortcomings, calling into question its suitability for the corporate environment.
A report [PDF] by NGS Secure reveals that the security analyst firm has found a number of issues with the PlayBook, ranging from unintended access to the tablet's file system, vulnerabilities when it comes to a certain third-party web server and issues with the HDMI video interface.
However, the biggest problem that is raising NGS Secure's levels of concern is that some PlayBook functions have yet to appear, including native email support, a calendar and a contacts app. That means it's simply not possible to tell how secure the PlayBook actually is, which in itself is a security red flag.
“If businesses are to take IT security as seriously as they should be, it is difficult for them to decide whether this technology is mature enough yet to be adopted in the enterprise,” said NGS Secure's Andy Davis.
RIM has been made aware of the security flaws and says it is working to address them.