Apple Quicktime Reaching End of Life
After 11 years of successful integration, Apple has urged all of its Windows users to uninstall Apple QuickTime for Windows software from their machines. Apple no longer issues security updates for QuickTime installed on their machines. It delivered the last security update for QuickTime PC version in January. After which, it offered users QuickTime uninstall guide in March. Zero security updates and patches expose people to risks such as hacking. Apple noted that Microsoft should guide its users on how to remove the unpatched software.
QuickTime is a well-known Apple media player that plays different formats of video, audio, and images. It is available as a free download for Mac OS X and new Apple Computers. Apple used to bundle QuickTime with iTunes downloads, but it halted before iTunes 10.5 was released. According to Trend Micro’s digital security analysts, Apple received information about the security threats in November 2015. Since then, Trend Micro has discovered two new flaws in QuickTime for Windows.
The two flaws allow hackers to access devices when Windows users who have installed QuickTime are logged in. Vulnerable device users would have to visit an infected page or run a malware that is introduced by hackers to become exposed to the security attacks.
Thus, Trend Micro went ahead to replicate the flaws in QuickTime by directing it to an infected site and making it play a malicious file. This action illustrated how hackers rely on remote code execution to send malware to vulnerable QuickTime for Windows users. This hacking method is referred to as heap overflow and is quite common among malicious users. For this reason, Trend Micro suggested that the only sure way of dealing with security risks is to uninstall QuickTime.
In support of Apple’s move, The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S Computer Emergency Readiness Team addressed the security issue and advised all Windows PC users to uninstall Apple QuickTime video player with immediate effect. Users who continue to use the software are exposed to consequences such as; loss of data, integrity and confidentiality or damage of crucial business assets and system resources.
However, it is important to note that Apple will continue providing security patches and support for Apple QuickTime users who use Mac OS X operating systems. As a matter of fact, Apple still advertises QuickTime as a powerful media technology that is ideal for use on Mac and PC to play popular audio and video formats.
Windows users still have other free media player options available such as; VLC Media Player, SMPlayer and Media Player Classic just to mention a few. Thus, Windows users can still enjoy watching videos and listening to audio even after uninstalling QuickTime software. The above-mentioned media players are free to download and play media in different formats without compromising the security of the Window’s device.
Most Windows users cling to old, outdated and unsupported software because they are used to them. However, the US government and Trend Micro security firm advise people to stop using antiquated software such as QuickTime for Windows or continue facing serious data loss and viruses.