Apple on Monday released updates to its QuickTime media player software to repair eight serious security vulnerabilities.
Apple on Monday released updates to its QuickTime media player software
to repair eight serious security vulnerabilities.
The vulnerabilities expose both Macs and Windows PCs to cyberattack,
Apple said in a security alert. In all cases, an attacker could craft a
malicious file which, when opened with QuickTime,
could give the miscreant full control over a computer running the
software, Apple said.
The problems lie in the way QuickTime
handles a number of formats. The security updates repair problems in
the way the software handles QuickTime,
files, according to the Apple alert.
The fixed version of QuickTime
is release 7.1.5. Along with the fixes, the latest version also
includes some functionality improvements, Apple said. The update is
available for download from Apple's website or through the Apple update
feature, the company said.
Apple regularly issues patches for QuickTime.
In January, the Mac maker put out a fix for a zero-day flaw that was
released as part of the "Month of the Apple Bugs" project.
Security researchers have increasingly been targeting applications such
QuickTime in recent months. With operating systems becoming
more secure, widely used programs such as media players,
instant-message tools and antivirus shields have become popular hacker
targets, pundits have said.
Source: ZDnet UK