Quicktime

Security Alert: Apple Kills Quicktime

April 19, 2016 in Info, Security Alert! by R Bennett  |  No Comments

From CERT…

Alert (TA16-105A)

Apple Ends Support for QuickTime for Windows; New Vulnerabilities Announced

Systems Affected

Microsoft Windows with Apple QuickTime installed

Overview

According to Trend Micro, Apple will no longer be providing security updates for QuickTime for Windows, leaving this software vulnerable to exploitation. [1] (link is external)

Description

All software products have a lifecycle. Apple will no longer be providing security updates for QuickTime for Windows. [1] (link is external)

The Zero Day Initiative has issued advisories for two vulnerabilities found in QuickTime for Windows. [2] (link is external) [3] (link is external)

Impact

Computer systems running unsupported software are exposed to elevated cybersecurity dangers, such as increased risks of malicious attacks or electronic data loss. Exploitation of QuickTime for Windows vulnerabilities could allow remote attackers to take control of affected systems.

Solution

Computers running QuickTime for Windows will continue to work after support ends. However, using unsupported software may increase the risks from viruses and other security threats. Potential negative consequences include loss of confidentiality, integrity, or availability of data, as well as damage to system resources or business assets. The only mitigation available is to uninstall QuickTime for Windows. Users can find instructions for uninstalling QuickTime for Windows on the Apple Uninstall QuickTime (link is external) page. [4]

References

Revisions

  • April 14, 2016: Initial Release

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