Quicktime for Windows Security

If you haven’t already seen something about it, Apple earlier this week announced that if you use Windows as your operating system and you have QuickTime (Apple’s movie player), you should probably remove it quickly. And it wasn’t only Apple that announced this; a U.S. government agency was actually the one to issue the ultimatum to uninstall QuickTime.

QuickTime is vulnerable to a zero-day exploit—a loophole that hackers know about before the company becomes aware of it—and Apple ended support for the Windows version of QuickTime in January of this year.

Graham Cluley says

If you are running QuickTime for Windows on your personal computer, you should uninstall it as soon as possible.

QuickTime is a multimedia solution designed by Apple. It allows a computer to handle video, audio, and interactive content on its computers. The software was originally released on Mac computers back in 1991, and eventually showed up on Windows machines at a later date.

Fast-forward to last year. In November of 2015, researchers at the Zero-Day Initiative (ZDI) discovered two remote code execution vulnerabilities in Windows installations of QuickTime.

You can read more of what they say here.

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