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Thursday, 23 May 2013 08:17

Apple plugs more QuickTime security holes

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An updated version of QuickTime for Windows patches a dozen vulnerabilities.

QuickTime 7.7.4 for Windows addresses 12 serious security issues involving a variety of media types.

The issues addressed by the update concern situations where maliciously crafted files may cause arbitrary code execution or a crash.

Affected file types include TeXML, movies (H.263, H.264, Sorenson), MP3, JPEG, QTIF and FPX.

All the vulnerabilities were the result of inadequate bounds checking allowing buffer overflows and other undesirable conditions.

All but one of the issues were reported through HP's Zero Day Initiative that pays security researchers for vulnerabilities, builds protection into the company's security products, and responsibly discloses the issue to the affected vendor and to other security vendors.

The remaining vulnerability was reported through Verisign's iDefense vulnerability management service.

QuickTime 7.7.4 for Windows is available here.


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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