It is about time as Quicktime has been slowly dying as even Apple has been shifting to HTML5 and mp4 based videos. If you have this software on your machine it is time to remove it. If you are offered it decline it as it will now be a major entry point for all kinds of nasties as it languishes on systems(much like shockwave.)
RIP QuickTime for Windows. Apple is “deprecating support” for the application, and will no longer patch security flaws in the software.The iGiant is also quietly advising users to uninstall the media player from their Windows machines to avoid being hacked.Word of the end of support comes from infosec biz Trend Micro. It discovered two critical flaws in the Windows build of QuickTime and reported them to Apple. In response, Trend told The Register, the iPhone maker said it won’t fix the bugs, and is cutting the application loose.Both of the vulnerabilities – ZDI-16-241 and ZDI-16-242 – are heap-corruption-based remote code execution vulnerabilities.An attacker can exploit these flaws to hijack a victim’s PC and infect it with malware, simply by tricking them into opening a malicious file or webpage. Apple’s response: uninstall QuickTime for Windows.”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,” said Christopher Budd, global threat communications manager at Trend Micro, on Thursday.