Apple Ends Tie-up with Quick Time for Windows|Mac ios continued.
The retirement of QuickTime for Windows has been in the planning stages for at least a few months, and possibly much longer. Apple has never supported QuickTime for Windows 8 or 10, although some users found ways to work around the restriction. What’s more, the January update removed the browser plugin for QuickTime, making it impossible for video on websites to seamlessly play in a user’s browser. As a result, there’s little chance QuickTime vulnerabilities could be harnessed into a drive-by download exploit. Instead, exploits would have to rely on social engineering that convinces a user to download a video and open it in QuickTime.Technology giant Apple will not roll out security updates for “QuickTime for Windows” after security software company Trend Micro Inc. reported that two new critical vulnerabilities are affecting the software.
“We’re not aware of any active attacks against these vulnerabilities currently,” they wrote. “But the only way to protect your Windows systems from potential attacks against these or other vulnerabilities in Apple QuickTime now is to uninstall it.”
“These advisories are being released in accordance with the Zero Day Initiative’s Disclosure Policy for when a vendor does not issue a security patch for a disclosed vulnerability,” the company stated.
Because Apple is no longer providing security updates for “QuickTime on Windows”, these vulnerabilities are never going to be patched.A year earlier, during some of Apple’s darkest moments as a viable company, a Microsoft official allegedly attempted to force it to abandon QuickTime so Microsoft could have the media playback market to itself. “‘Are you asking us to knife the baby?'” then Apple senior VP Avadis Tevanian Jr said during dramatic testimony, quoting a fellow Apple executive who attended the meeting. “‘Yes, we want you to knife the baby.'” Teveanian continued, in an alleged paraphrase of Microsoft official Christopher Phillips. “It was very clear.”Apple officials should have shown the courtesy to tell Windows users QuickTime was no longer receiving security updates, rather than leaving it to Trend Micro.