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News reports have been flying around about security vulnerabilities in Apple's QuickTime for Windows, and my first reaction was that it was a hoax. However, as far as we can tell, this is a legitimate concern. Since we provide links to Apple's Quicktime site for movie trailers and videos, we wanted to let our readers know so that they can take the appropriate action.
According to a recent notice by security company Trend Micro, Apple is deprecating QuickTime for Microsoft Windows, which means that they are not going to be updating it. On top of that, two security advisories have been issued for vulnerabilities in the product:
First, Apple is deprecating QuickTime for Microsoft Windows. They will no longer be issuing security updates for the product on the Windows Platform and recommend users uninstall it. Note that this does not apply to QuickTime on Mac OSX.
Second, our Zero Day Initiative has just released two advisories ZDI-16-241 and ZDI-16-242 detailing two new, critical vulnerabilities affecting QuickTime for Windows. These advisories are being released in accordance with the Zero Day Initiative’s Disclosure Policy for when a vendor does not issue a security patch for a disclosed vulnerability. And because Apple is no longer providing security updates for QuickTime on Windows, these vulnerabilities are never going to be patched.
The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has issued an alert about the issue as well.
As it turns out, Apple is stating on their QuickTime Download page that the product is only supported on Windows Vista and Windows 7, which is something that we were not aware of.
At one time, QuickTime was one of the best ways to watch videos. We've linked to movie trailers and videos for years. But that's come to an end, and I've installed it from our computers and it seems that the consensus is that everyone should do the same. While YouTube has been the king of online video for quite some time, this development looks to send QuickTime down the same path of irrelevance as Adobe's Flash product.
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