Apple Updates QuickTime with Windows Security Fixes

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Apple released QuickTime 7.6.8 for Windows Wednesday, an update that includes two security fix for Windows users. Both holes could allow the bad guys to take over your PC, and thus the fixes are important patches.

Apple’s security patch notes:

QuickTime
CVE-ID: CVE-2010-1818
Available for: Windows 7, Vista, XP SP2 or later
Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution
Description: An input validation issue exists in the QuickTime ActiveX control. An optional parameter ‘_Marshaled_pUnk’ may be passed to the ActiveX control to specify an arbitrary integer that is later treated as a pointer. Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution. This issue is addressed by ignoring the ‘_Marshaled_pUnk’ parameter. This issue does not affect Mac OS X systems. Credit to HBelite working with TippingPoint’s Zero Day Initiative for reporting this issue.

QuickTime
CVE-ID: CVE-2010-1819
Available for: Windows 7, Vista, XP SP2 or later
Impact: Viewing an image in a maliciously prepared directory may lead to arbitrary code execution
Description: A path searching issue exists in QuickTime Picture Viewer. If an attacker places a maliciously crafted DLL in the same directory as an image file, opening the image file with QuickTime Picture Viewer may lead to arbitrary code execution. This issue is addressed by removing the current working directory from the DLL search path. This issue does not affect Mac OS X systems. Credit to Haifei Li of Fortinet’s FortiGuard Labs for reporting this issue.

You can download the update through the Apple Updater utility that comes with iTunes or QuickTime in Windows. The Mac OS X version of QuickTime is still at version 7.6.6 as of this writing.

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