Windows Users Should Uninstall QuickTime: US-CERT Recommends

The U.S. government has recommended that Windows PC users uninstall Apple Inc’s QuickTime video player after security software maker Trend Micro Inc said on Thursday it had discovered two new bugs in the software. Trend Micro said it had uncovered two critical vulnerabilities in the version of the QuickTime media player for Microsoft Corp’s Windows operating system, which could be leveraged to launch attacks on PCs if users visit a malicious web page or open a tainted file.

The Department of Homeland Security’s United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, or US-CERT, said in an alert on Thursday that the bugs put users at heightened risks from viruses and other security threats since Apple was ending support for the product.

This warning does not apply to QuickTime for Apple’s Mac computers. The support for QuickTime video software will continue for Apple based operating systems.

At this time, the only solution available is to uninstall QuickTime for Windows.

Source: Reuters | Apr. 14 2016

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