Apple posts QuickTime security fix

Apple has issued a new release of QuickTime, patching critical security issues with the media playing software.

Apple has released an update to its QuickTime media player, fixing a number of critical security bugs in the software.

The QuickTime 7.3 update, released yesterday, fixes seven bugs in the software. Six of the flaws could allow an attacker to run unauthorized software on a victim's PC. To do this, the attacker would first need to trick the victim into viewing a maliciously crafted movie or image file, Apple said.

The seventh flaw lies in QuickTime for Java, and it could be used to gain access to sensitive information or to run Java applets with elevated privileges, Apple said. The QuickTime patches issued Monday are for the latest versions of the Mac OS X operating system as well as Windows Vista and XP.

None of the bugs had been previously disclosed to the public, said Andrew Storms, director of security operations with nCircle Network Security, via instant message.

In the past year, QuickTime has been closely scrutinized by security researchers, and this latest update was Apple's fifth QuickTime security fix for the year. The previous update, QuickTime 7.2, released in July, featured eight bug-fixes.

Apple credited outside researchers from companies like Adobe, Verisign and 3Com for reporting the bugs it patched.

"QuickTime seems to have become a new flavor of the month for researchers," Storms said. "I think part of the reason for the attention is that its cross platform. Many of the attacks will work on both Windows and Mac, and with Apple's market share in the PC market growing, there won't be any let-down to the attention that the hackers are giving Apple."

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Robert McMillan

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?