Homeland Security Warns Windows PC Users to Uninstall Quicktime

From “Homeland Security Warns Windows PC Users to Uninstall Quicktime”
Fox News (04/18/16) Published by ASIS

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and cybersecurity firm Trend Micro are advising Windows PC users to immediately uninstall Apple’s Quicktime video player, after two new bugs were found in the software. According to Trend Micro, the bugs could be used to launch attacks on PCs if users visit a compromised web page or open a tainted file. As Apple is no longer issuing security updates for Quicktime for Windows, despite the presence of the bugs, Trend Micro said removing the software is the safest call. While the company said it is not aware of any cases where the bugs had been exploited by hackers, DHS’s United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, which put out a similar alert on April 14, said the “only mitigation available is to uninstall QuickTime for Windows.” The alert does not apply to Mac operating systems.

Author: Gregory Schmidt, CPP, PSP, CHSS

Gregory M. Schmidt, CPP, PSP, CHSS of Eagle/ Trident Security is board certified in Security Management, Physical Security, and Healthcare Security supervision. He has over thirty years of experience developing dynamic security programs, plans and policies for businesses in Indiana, Kansas and Florida. His conversation-style personal safety seminars are highly regarded and always in demand. Mr. Schmidt is a member of ASIS International, the International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering.

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