As we reported over the weekend, PC users really probably should uninstall QuickTime for Windows.
The Windows version of the QuickTime software contains critical vulnerabilities, and Apple appears to have no plans to fix them. The risk that malicious hackers might take advantage of the flaws is significant, and even the US Department of Homeland Security is urging users to uninstall the software:
“Potential negative consequences include loss of confidentiality, integrity, or availability of data, as well as damage to system resources or business assets. The only mitigation available is to uninstall QuickTime for Windows.”
So, it’s simple right? You should just uninstall QuickTime for Windows.
Hmm. If only.
Because some software remains reliant on QuickTime for Windows.
For instance, Adobe (no stranger to security vulnerabilities itself) has issued an advisory explaining that uninstalling QuickTime for Windows may have negative consequences for some of its Creative Cloud users:
“Unfortunately, there are some codecs which remain dependent on QuickTime being installed on Windows, most notably Apple ProRes. We know how common this format is in many workflows, and we continue to work hard to improve this situation, but have no estimated timeframe for native decode currently.”
In other words: Keep QuickTime for Windows installed and you’re at risk from hacking attacks. Don’t keep QuickTime for Windows installed and you may not be able to edit your videos any more.
What a mess.
If your workflow depends on making videos with Creative Cloud, perhaps you would be better off using a Mac until this is sorted out.
Of course, there are probably other Windows programs out there which rely on QuickTime which might be in the same boat… If you know of any, why not leave a comment below?