Apple Issues QuickTime Update for Mac, Windows
Apple on Wednesday pushed out an update to its QuickTime media player software, fixing at least 11 security vulnerabilities in the software for both Mac and Windows systems.
Mac users can get the latest version through Software Update. Windows QuickTime users will need to use the bundled Apple Software Update application. Apple likes to bundle QuickTime with iTunes, but plenty of Windows users want to keep their QuickTime installs up-to-date without installing iTunes. I used to know of a fairly reliable link from which people could download a QuickTime-only standalone installer, but that link seems to have disappeared. If anyone can locate the official link for the standalone installer, I will update this post with that information.
QuickTime vulnerabilities are dangerous because exploiting them can be as simple for an attacker as tricking someone into clicking on a malicious video link. As I noted in my roundup of Apple patches from 2007, QuickTime vulnerabilities have presented far more of a threat for Windows users than they have for the users of the operating system for which this program was originally designed. In this update, we can see that while Windows is affected by all 11 of the flaws fixed in this patch release, the OS X version of QuickTime is only plagued by eight of the vulnerabilities.
Update, April 3, 9:36 a.m.: Apple is currently listing the vulnerabilities fixed in this QuickTime update under a link that takes readers to a page about information on a digital camera compatibility update. As of this writing, the link for the camera update contains the details about this QuickTime patch.
April 3, 2008; 6:45 AM ET
Categories: Latest Warnings , New Patches , Safety Tips
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