US government warns Windows PC users to uninstall QuickTime ASAP

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

Apple’s Quicktime is subject to two vulnerabilities in Windows that could turn the Windows devices into possible targets for malware attacks. As Cupertino is no longer supporting Quicktime for Windows, this means no security patches will be deployed going forward, leaving its users unprotected against these threats.

Taken into account the number of Windows users, the US government issued an alert on its CERT page urging all Windows users to remove Quicktime as soon as possible. For the time being, there have been no malware attacks caused by the two vulnerabilities but the best solution is to prevent, not to cure.

According to the US government, possible consequences derived from these threats include the loss of confidentiality, integrity or availability of data. The warning is extremely important since many companies rely on Windows and loss of data and confidentiality could be disastrous for them.

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[…] using unsupported software may increase the risks from viruses and other security threats. Potential negative consequences include loss of confidentiality, integrity, or availability of data, as well as damage to system resources or business assets. The only mitigation available is to uninstall QuickTime for Windows.

Apple has not yet issued any comments on this matter but it somehow confirmed the gravity of these vulnerabilities by posting instructions on how to uninstall Quicktime from Windows on March 9th. As for the iOS users, they are not at risk since Apple continues supporting Quicktime on iOS, rolling out security patches regularly.

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