Apple patches 15 QuickTime bugs in Leopard, Windows

It issued applicable fixes for Snow Leopard last month

Apple on Tuesday patched 15 vulnerabilities in its QuickTime media player for Windows and Mac OS X 10.5, aka Leopard.

The company had patched nine of the bugs in Snow Leopard's version of QuickTime almost a month ago when it updated that edition of Mac OS X to 10.6.5 with a massive 134 fixes.

Two of the 15 affected only QuickTime for Windows; the remaining 13 patched both Leopard's and Windows' QuickTime 7.6.9 .

All but one of the 15 were rated "critical" by Apple, which used its usual "May lead to arbitrary code execution" phrase rather than an explicit ranking. Unlike other major developers, such as Google, Microsoft and Oracle, Apple does not assign threat levels to the vulnerabilities it patches.

One noted bug researcher was amazed at the continued cascade of QuickTime flaws.

"OMG, I can't believe how many QuickTime bugs keep being found," said Charlie Miller, a three-time winner at the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest, in a message on Twitter Wednesday. "It's teaspoons from the ocean."

Apple has issued QuickTime security updates four times in 2010, and patched a total of 34 bugs.

As is typically the case with QuickTime, most of the vulnerabilities patched were in code that parsed various media file formats, including FlashPix, GIF and JP2 images; MPEG-encoded movies; and QuickTime panoramas.

Apple stopped updating QuickTime for Mac OS X 10.4, aka Tiger, more than a year ago, and does not officially support the player in the five-year-old operating system.

QuickTime 7.6.9 can be downloaded from Apple's site for Mac OS X, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. Mac users can upgrade to QuickTime 7.6.9 using the operating system's built-in Software Update feature, while Windows users can either download the new edition from the Apple site or use the optional Windows update tool.

Mac users running Snow Leopard will not see a separate QuickTime update because fixes were rolled into the security upgrade issued last month.

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.

Tags MicrosoftOracleGoogleAppletwitteroperating systemssoftwareWindowsMalware and VulnerabilitiesMac OS

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Gregg Keizer

Gregg Keizer

Computerworld (US)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?