QuickTime™ for Windows and DeltaGraph
Following the discovery of two security issues in QuickTime for Windows, Apple Computer, Inc., the maker of QuickTime, announced that it would no longer provide updates for the product and was deprecating it.
According to Trend Micro, the folks who first reported the security issues with QuickTime, "User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target [computer] must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file." Two exploits were reported, both of which occur within the QuickTime player application. That is, QT player must be playing a movie file. From the two reports:
1. "The specific flaw exists within atom processing. By providing an invalid index, an attacker can write data outside of an allocated heap buffer. An attacker could leverage this to execute arbitrary code under the context of the QuickTime player.”
2. "The specific flaw exists within the moov atom. By specifying an invalid value for a field within the moov atom, an attacker can write data outside of an allocated heap buffer. An attacker could leverage this to execute arbitrary code under the context of the QuickTime player."
DeltaGraph for Windows does not use QuickTime player nor does it play movie files. It would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to trigger the exploits by using DeltaGraph. Even so, Red Rock Software is preparing an update which will remove all dependencies on QuickTime.
In order to continue using DeltaGraph and to improve the security of a user’s computer while the update is being prepared, Red Rock Software suggests that users remove QuickTime player from their system, as well as changing the default application which is used to open QT files.
To remove QuickTime Player,navigate to the QuickTime directory and delete the QuickTimePlayer.exe file.
To change the default application for QuickTime media files, open the Default Programs control panel and change the file mappings of any file type that is currently using QuickTime Player.
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