It's Probably Not Safe to Use Quicktime on Windows Anymore

By Gary Cutlack on at

Security watchdog Trend Micro has issued a warning about Quicktime for Windows, the old video player PC owners have not really given any serious thought to for a decade or so. It says there are two "critical" bugs in it that could let someone hack into your computer and start posting rude selfies to Facebook without your knowledge.

Trend says in an update that: "...everyone should follow Appleā€™s guidance and uninstall QuickTime for Windows as soon as possible," due the mundane reason that Apple is discontinuing security patches, oh and also that it's found two vulnerabilities that let potential hackers run unsigned code and are, therefore, unlikely to be patched away by Apple.

It explains: "Both vulnerabilities would require a user to visit a malicious web page or open a malicious file to exploit them. And both vulnerabilities would execute code in the security context the QuickTime player, which in most cases would be that of the logged on user."

Trend adds that it's not aware that anyone out there in the black/green/binary world of the hacker has actually exploited the exploits to exploit a user, but the potential is there. Especially now it's told everyone about it.

And if you need threatening in order to do something, even the US' Department of Home Security has stepped in to say binning it is probably a good idea. [Trend Micro via TNW]


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