20 Apr Urgent News: US Government Urges Removal of QuickTime for Windows
If you have Apple QuickTime installed on a Windows-based PC, you should uninstall it immediately. In a public statement issued on 4/14/2016, the US-CERT recommends the removal of QuickTime for Windows. Apple announced that they’re no longer supporting the product in any way, including issuing security updates. On the heels of this announcement, the Zero Day Initiative released a pair of advisories, outlining two new critical vulnerabilities that put QuickTime for Windows at risk.
There have been no reports of either of the new security vulnerabilities being used by the hacking community. However, now that Apple is on record no longer supporting the platform, it’s just a matter of time before someone takes advantage. When that happens, you don’t want it to be your business that takes the hit.
QuickTime for Windows is part of a growing list of widely used software that’s no longer receiving support, including Microsoft’s venerable Windows XP operating system, and Java 6, by Oracle. You should make it a priority to remove any of these from all computers on your network in order to minimize your risks.
In its advisory, the US-CERT states: “Computers running QuickTime for Windows will continue to work after support ends. However, using unsupported software may increase the risks from viruses and other security threats. Potential negative consequences include 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.”
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