“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,” the US-CERT said in a security advisory. “The only mitigation available is to uninstall QuickTime for Windows.”
Failure to remove the software could potentially lead to risks to confidentiality and loss of data as well as damage to system resources or business assets, according to the organization.
Potential negative consequences include lose of confidentiality, integrity, or availability of data, as well as damage to system resources or business assets.
The warning came after security the software company Trend Micro announced it has found two vulnerabilities in QuickTime for Windows. The company called on Windows users to immediately uninstall the software because Apple is phasing out the video player and therefore it will no longer fix security bugs.
“First, Apple is deprecating QuickTime for Microsoft Windows. They will no longer be issuing security updates for the product on the Windows Platform and recommend users uninstall it. Note that this does not apply to QuickTime on Mac OSX,” according to post on Trend Micro’s Web site. “Second, our Zero Day Initiative has just released two advisories ZDI-16-241 and ZDI-16-242 detailing two new, critical vulnerabilities affecting QuickTime for Windows. And because Apple is no longer providing security updates for QuickTime on Windows, these vulnerabilities are never going to be patched.”
Once phased out, QuickTime for Windows will join the ranks of Microsoft Windows XP and Oracle Java 6 as software that is no longer being updated to fix vulnerabilities. These products are subject to increasing risks due to unpatched vulnerabilities.
Trend Micro said information on how to uninstall Apple QuickTime for Windows can be found here: https://support.apple.com/HT205771
The US-CERT also provided uninstall instruction here: Uninstall QuickTime
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