US agency advises Windows PC users remove Apple’s QuickTime over bugs

“But the only way to protect your Windows systems from potential attacks against these or other vulnerabilities in Apple QuickTime now is to uninstall it”.

Now Apple has rage quit on the software altogether, and made a decision to deprecate the Windows version of QuickTime for good.

“We’re not aware of any active attacks against these vulnerabilities now”. As so, today, together with Trend Micro and US-CERT, the three put out simultaneous announcements, letting Windows users know that they have to uninstall QuickTime. The note follows an earlier report from Trend Micro and comes as two new vulnerabilities have been discovered that could affect QuickTime for Windows users.

“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”, Trend Micro said. Instead, exploits would have to rely on social engineering that convinces a user to download a video and open it in QuickTime.

“In this regard, QuickTime for Windows now joins Microsoft Windows XP and Oracle Java 6 as software that is no longer being updated to fix vulnerabilities, and subject to ever-increasing risk as more and more unpatched vulnerabilities are found affecting it”. Users can find instructions for uninstalling QuickTime for Windows on the Apple Uninstall QuickTime page. The bottom line is that Apple will no longer be issuing security updates for the product on the Windows Platform leaving this software vulnerable to exploitation.

I suspect that the only Windows users of Quicktime are those who accidentally installed it while setting up iTunes.

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