Mac and Windows users are being urged to update QuickTime to
protect against the latest security vulnerabilities.
Experts at Sophos have reminded computer users of the importance
of remaining aware of the latest security issues, following an
announcement of a number of critical security vulnerabilities in
its QuickTime multimedia player software.
An update issued by Apple, the developers of QuickTime,
addresses 11 vulnerabilities - nine of which can be exploited by
hackers to remotely execute malicious code on a targeted computer.
Five of the remote code execution flaws could potentially be
exploited by hackers via the use of malicious movie files. Both
Windows and Macintosh users have been advised by Apple to update
their QuickTime software.
More information about the update can be found on the Apple website.
Apple Mac users can receive the latest version of QuickTime
automatically via Software Update. Windows QuickTime users are
advised to use the installed Apple Software Update program.
"There have been umpteen QuickTime vulnerabilities discovered in
the last few months, and the danger is that hackers will exploit
them by fooling computer users into clicking on a link to a movie,"
Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. "Historically,
Windows lovers have been more at threat from QuickTime
vulnerabilities than Mac fans, but it would be sensible for people
on either side of the OS divide to make sure their systems are
properly secured and patched."
Sophos suggests that every IT manager responsible for security
should consider subscribing to mailing lists to keep informed of
the latest vulnerability announcements.
Sophos recommends all computer users protect themselves with a
consolidated solution which can control network access
and defend against the threats of spam, hackers, spyware and