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WINDOWS QUICKTIME USERS MUST READ THIS! 3 years, 3 months ago #112623

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Due to two security bugs in QuickTime for Windows the US government has advised that Windows users remove Quicktime immediately.

In November, Trend Micro's Zero-Day Initiative (ZDI) found two serious vulnerabilities in Apple's multimedia toolkit for Windows. The issues are two heap corruption vulnerabilities that allow attackers to run malicious code on the user's machine. Details can be found at ZDI-16-241 and ZDI-16-242. The issue affects both the QuickTime application and browser plugin.

Trend Micro researchers informed Apple of the issue on November 11 2015 and Apple updated QuickTime for Windows to version 7.7.9 in January 2016. Those vulnerabilities weren't patched in that, so Trend Micro contacted Apple to ask why. Apple's response has been to deprecate the Windows version of QuickTime altogether. Together with Trend Micro and US-CERT, Apple made the announcement on April 14 2016. In essence, Windows should uninstall QuickTime immediately to ensure the security of their systems.

You can read more about this issue at news.softpedia.com/news/apple-deprecates-quicktime-for-windows-because-fixing-security-bugs-got-boring-502979.shtml#ixzz45uPdknz8

This post is a précis of the Softpedia article in the link above.
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WINDOWS QUICKTIME USERS MUST READ THIS! 3 years, 3 months ago #112624

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Really?

Where does that leave all the manufactures of trivia like cameras who use .mov wrappers.

What is the detail of the 'Quicktime' referenced by Trend Micro?

EDIT: OK think I see the error of my ways. Slow day - they are saying the Apple Quicktime Player not the .mov wrapper is at risk
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WINDOWS QUICKTIME USERS MUST READ THIS! 3 years, 3 months ago #112627

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RWAV wrote:
they are saying the Apple Quicktime Player not the .mov wrapper is at risk

Yes, and I suspect that there are probably people out there already developing APIs that will handle QT. There's been enough warning. Apple advised some time back that they were winding QT down, and that they had no immediate plans for a Windows replacement.

The real problem is that the Quicktime API has been used in third-party products. That means that the vulnerability reported may be very much more widespread than in just QTplayer and browser plug-ins.

Now all that it needs is someone with a really smart lawyer to decide that they're due compensation...
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Re: WINDOWS QUICKTIME USERS MUST READ THIS! 3 years, 3 months ago #112638

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Isn't QuickTime player required to run Lightworks? Additionally, does this also mean I will be unable to encode to things like DNxHD.mov, png/mov, etc?
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Re: WINDOWS QUICKTIME USERS MUST READ THIS! 3 years, 3 months ago #112646

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I uninstalled quicktime last night and had the same thought. However, DNxHD.mov is still working just fine this morning, I am glad to say.
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Re: WINDOWS QUICKTIME USERS MUST READ THIS! 3 years, 3 months ago #112648

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I use the 32 bit version of Lightworks to export some items from Lightworks that the 64 bit version will not. Several programs on my computer use QuickTime. Some install QuickTime as part of their installation program. Resolve is that way.

Looking around the internet, recommendations vary. I suppose one should evaluate their exposure before taking action.
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Re: WINDOWS QUICKTIME USERS MUST READ THIS! 3 years, 3 months ago #112649

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Yeah, Being forced to change your workflow is never fun. I have gotten into the habit of exporting image sequences for use in other programs, such as Fusion and Resolve. It seems to be working very well for me. I must say that it doesn't surprise me that apple is giving up on quicktime, fewer programs seem to be using it in their base architecture these days.
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Re: WINDOWS QUICKTIME USERS MUST READ THIS! 3 years, 3 months ago #112653

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disabling quicktime as browser plugin and not having any filetype associated with the quicktime player itself should do the job.

probalby apple does the job too

play all your files eg with vlc.

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if using "firefox 64-bit" the plugin has no chance at all, as its 32-bit
support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/quicktime-plugin-play-audio-and-video
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Re: WINDOWS QUICKTIME USERS MUST READ THIS! 3 years, 3 months ago #112656

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I don't have it installed for use as a player, all my video file formats are associated with MPC-HC. Audio is Foobar and images are IrfanView. I wouldn't have it installed except it is required by other programs. I do like that I can access the codecs. Until I see that my life is in jeopardy, I'm going to leave it.
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Re: WINDOWS QUICKTIME USERS MUST READ THIS! 3 years, 3 months ago #112657

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nobody installs quicktime as a player on win/linux ,-)
afaik most mac users I know also use vlc/videolan as player.

I just said, coz if a "bad.mov" is embeded into a webpage or pdf (adobe reader) or what the hell ... some ppl could be in trouble

so disabling that functions is better than not.

I hope apple acts prof and we will see a fix very soon.
(I too have many apps depending on QT ...)

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Re: WINDOWS QUICKTIME USERS MUST READ THIS! 3 years, 3 months ago #112662

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According to Apple they are no longer supporting Quicktime for Windows. No more updates or patches.
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Re: WINDOWS QUICKTIME USERS MUST READ THIS! 3 years, 3 months ago #112671

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don't trust apple nor any security firm ,-)

only SG is trustworthy ,-)
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Re: WINDOWS QUICKTIME USERS MUST READ THIS! 3 years, 3 months ago #112674

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Re: WINDOWS QUICKTIME USERS MUST READ THIS! 3 years, 3 months ago #112744

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For what it's worth, both Avid and Adobe have been burnt by this. Here's Adobe's response.

blogs.adobe.com/creativecloud/quicktime-on-windows/

As I read that, they haven't yet an answer, but are working on one. No delivery date suggested. Avid have made no official comment that I can find at all.
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Re: WINDOWS QUICKTIME USERS MUST READ THIS! 3 years, 3 months ago #112747

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For the Lightworks Pro users I'd wish to have some more information (without the time and thus need) to test this all out by myself:

  • Are there any limitations regarding native codec support (e.g. when linking video) in the Lightworks Pro version, after uninstalling QuickTime?
  • How about the following containers and codecs in particular? .mov, avi, .mxf, Quicktime, XAVC-L (Long GOP), XAVC-I, MPEG I-Frame, ProRes?
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