Apple abandons support for QuickTime for Windows

Trend Micro security researchers have announced today that they have discovered two new vulnerabilities criticism in the Windows version of QuickTime. The discoverers of these new bugs They say that at the moment there is no danger of anyone trying to exploit the vulnerabilities, but by informing Apple they have realized that those of Cupertino are going to stop offering support for the Windows version of QuickTime, so they will run out of be solved

After learning about Trend Micro's discovery and Apple's plans, the team Computer Emergency Readiness Team of the United States Government recommend to all Windows users uninstall QuickTime. Understandably, since although it seems unlikely that anyone can exploit the vulnerabilities today, they have been published will cause some malicious users to try, so it is best not to leave that door open.

QuickTime for Windows will be insecure forever

Computers running QuickTime for Windows will be able to continue working once support ends. However, using unsupported software can increase the risk of viruses and other security threats. Possible negative consequences are the loss of confidentiality, integrity or availability of data, as well as damage to system resources or business assets. The only mitigation available is to uninstall QuickTime for Windows.

On the other hand, Trend Micro said that:

We have no record of any active attack against these vulnerabilities at this time. But the only way to protect your Windows operating systems from potential attacks against these or other vulnerabilities in Apple QuickTime right now is to uninstall it. In that sense, QuickTime for Windows now joins Microsoft Windows XP and Oracle Java 6 as software that will no longer be updated to correct vulnerabilities and subject to increasing risk when more vulnerabilities are found that affect it.

So you know: if you use Windows, it is best not to use QuickTime. Adobe came to recommend uninstalling Flash Player for something similar, and it is not worth putting our computers in danger for just one application, don't you think?

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