Monday, April 18, 2016

Can a fruit feel insecure? (QuickTime on Windows)

Apple has had a security battering lately. Recently, despite taking a stance for keeping its iPhones secure, the FBI hacked an iPhone. Now, a former flagship Apple product has been branded as insecure.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is warning Windows customers to stop using Apple’s QuickTime media player.

I didn't read this in a tech journal; I read this in The Hill. For those who don't know, "THE Hill" is Capitol Hill, where national legislation is hammered out in my country.

And no, this isn't an attempt by the FBI to get back at Apple. This warning was issued by the Department of Homeland Security, not the FBI, and as I've already noted, two separate government agencies often have no incentive to cooperate with each other.

To be fair to Apple, the first version of QuickTime (for the Macintosh) was released over a quarter century ago, and much has happened in the world of security since then. This simply serves as a reminder that while software upgrades may appear to be a form of planned obsolescence, there are some legitimate reasons to get rid of that old software.

The DHS notification can be found here.
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