Anyone using Quicktime on their Windows PC has been urged to remove it immediately over fears that an exploit in the program could leave users vulnerable to hackers and cyber criminals.
Cyber security firm Trend Micro recently discovered two bugs in Apple’s Quicktime media player which according to the company, can be used to perform cyber attacks on Windows machines if the user visits a malicious website or downloads an infected files.
For many, Quicktime has been the go to program for Windows users for playing audio and video files.
However, Apple, which developed Quicktime, has said it will be no longer supporting or updating the Windows version of the software.
This means that the company will no longer be issuing updates or security fixes for the media player, potentially making it easier for hackers to use the software to launch cyber attacks on the computers of unsuspecting users.
A statement for Trend Micro read:
“We’re not aware of any active attacks against these vulnerabilities currently. But the only way to protect your Windows systems from potential attacks against these or other vulnerabilities in Apple QuickTime now is to uninstall it.”
The warning from Trend Micro was echoed by the Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) from the US Department of Homeland Security, which added that users who are still running Quicktime on a Windows machine could potentially be at an increased risk from security threats and viruses, as well as being vulnerable to a “loss of confidentiality, integrity or availability of data”.
US CERT also warned that the bugs could allow hackers to “take control of affected systems” and recommends that users remove Quicktime through the Control Panel in the Windows operating system.
It is not uncommon for companies to end support for programs or particular pieces of software and they develop new and alternative products.
However, users are normally warned well in advance that support will end after a certain date. Earlier this year Microsoft announced it would no longer be supporting older versions of its Internet Explorer browser but gave users sufficient notice and warned them about the need to upgrade well in advance of its ending support for IE 8, 9 and 10 in January.
With this current situation, it seems that whilst Apple has gradually been reducing support for Quicktime for Windows for a number of years, there have been no similar warnings from the Cupertino company about ending support for its widely used media player.
It should be noted Quicktime on iOS is still supported and will continue to receive updates.
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