Rails 3 has some pretty good protections switched on by default which will catch a lot of common security issues.
Specifically output encoding will help mitigate XSS attacks, the CSRF tokens are enabled by default on all forms which should help here, and as long as you use it correctly ActiveRecord or other ORMs can help with mitigating SQL injection.
On the input validation front there are obviously some things to watch for. Rails won't do input validation for you by default, so if data entered into your app is transferred to other web applications, there's still the risk of XSS attacks occurring.
that said Rails does support validations in the model, and I'd recommend doing white-list validation of input there, if possible.
On the SQL injection front, it's still possible to use raw SQL with ActiveRecord, and if you do that, then the usual problems with SQL injection can occur, so again white-list validation of all input is useful.
Beyond that there's several things still to watch for. the base Rails installation doesn't provide authorisation/authentication, so that either has to come from a plugin or be written by the developer.
One downside to the RESTful style URLs that a rails app will typically produce is that it's usually easy for an attacker to try to break authorization by modifying the URL. For example a url of http://mysite/users/1 which shows the first user, could be easily modified to have a 2 or more. It's not that it's less secure but it makes it easier for attackers to attempt to bypass authorization controls.
There's a couple of good information sources for Rails security that are well worth reading for more information.
The OWASP rails security guide is here http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Category:OWASP_Ruby_on_Rails_Security_Guide_V2
and there's also a book Security on Rails from Pragmatic Programmers http://pragprog.com/titles/fr_secure/security-on-rails which although it focuses on Rails 2.3 still has a lot of good information to consider