Apple Patches QuickTime Flaws

Apple on Wednesday released <a href="">QuickTime 7.6</a>, a new version of its multimedia software that improves quality, compatibility, and security.

Thomas Claburn, Editor at Large, Enterprise Mobility

January 21, 2009

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Apple on Wednesday released QuickTime 7.6, a new version of its multimedia software that improves quality, compatibility, and security.QuickTime 7.6, available for Mac OX X Leopard, Mac OS X Tiger, and Windows, includes improvements in H.264 encoding quality, Motion JPEG playback reliability, AAC encoding fidelity, MPEG video file audio track exporting, and compatibility with iChat and Photo Booth.

More significantly, the update fixes seven critical QuickTime security vulnerabilities.

The vulnerabilities mostly have to do with maliciously crafted movie files and URLS.

Given that malware authors have made a habit of enticing people to view malicious video files, this would be a good update to install as soon as possible.

Further details can be found at Apple's Web site.

About the Author(s)

Thomas Claburn

Editor at Large, Enterprise Mobility

Thomas Claburn has been writing about business and technology since 1996, for publications such as New Architect, PC Computing, InformationWeek, Salon, Wired, and Ziff Davis Smart Business. Before that, he worked in film and television, having earned a not particularly useful master's degree in film production. He wrote the original treatment for 3DO's Killing Time, a short story that appeared in On Spec, and the screenplay for an independent film called The Hanged Man, which he would later direct. He's the author of a science fiction novel, Reflecting Fires, and a sadly neglected blog, Lot 49. His iPhone game, Blocfall, is available through the iTunes App Store. His wife is a talented jazz singer; he does not sing, which is for the best.

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