Apple Stops Patching QuickTime Due to Security Threat
The cyber readiness team that’s part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has advised Windows users to uninstall Apple’s QuickTime media player from their PCs.
Users with Computers running the Apple for QuickTime on Windows have been dropped from support, meaning no future security updates will be issued and development has been halted.
The last wasn’t new: Apple hasn’t significantly upgraded QuickTime for Windows since 2009, when it launched QuickTime X for OS X but didn’t port the new player to Windows. The most recent security update for QuickTime on Windows was issued three months ago.
Apple used to rely on QuickTime to stream its live events to Windows PCs, but recently switched to HLS (HTTP Live Streaming), an Apple-implemented protocol. Because Windows 10’s Edge browser supports HLS, Apple has listed that version of Microsoft’s operating system and browser as the sole choice for Windows users who want to view its webcasts.