QuickTime on Windows at immediate risk from Cyber Attacks

Users urged to uninstall program immediately

Windows users running Apple’s QuickTime are being advised to uninstall the program after the discovery of a number of Zero day vulnerabilities.

The Windows app has not had an update pushed since January and researchers from IT security company, Trend Micro, have published a blog post advising windows users of the app to uninstall it immediately.

According to the post, there are two reasons for this call to action. First, Apple is effectively killing QuickTime for Microsoft Windows.

It will no longer be issuing security updates for the product on the Windows Platform and recommend users uninstall it. This does not apply to QuickTime on Mac OSX.

Additionally, Trend’s Zero Day Initiative has released two advisories detailing two new, critical vulnerabilities affecting QuickTime for Windows.

These were 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.

Due to the fact that Apple is no longer providing security updates for QuickTime on Windows, these vulnerabilities are never going to be patched, the post said.

The post went on to say it was not aware of any attacks on the vulnerabilities till now but added the only way to protect against potential attacks is to uninstall the program.

Information on how to uninstall QuickTime for Windows is available from the Apple website.


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 MicrosoftApplepatchWindowsquicktimezero day initiative

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

Chris Player

PC World
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Cate Bacon

Aruba Instant On AP11D

The strength of the Aruba Instant On AP11D is that the design and feature set support the modern, flexible, and mobile way of working.

Dr Prabigya Shiwakoti

Aruba Instant On AP11D

Aruba backs the AP11D up with a two-year warranty and 24/7 phone support.

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.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?