Apple plugs security holes in QuickTime and iTunes

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Apple has released an updated version of QuickTime (version 7.6.2) which fixes a number of security vulnerabilities. If left unpatched the security holes could be exploited by hackers who could create a booby-trapped movie or audio file, programmed to execute malicious code on computers.

More information about the vulnerabilities in QuickTime can be found on Apple’s website.

Curiously, MacWorld is reporting that one of the QuickTime bugs was partially revealed in a book, “The Mac Hacker’s Handbook” by Charlie Miller and Dino Dai Zovi, published in March.

In addition to the QuickTime update, Apple has released iTunes 8.2, which addresses a…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.