Menu
Apple fixes iTunes for Vista, patches QuickTime bugs

Apple fixes iTunes for Vista, patches QuickTime bugs

Apple updates iTunes for Vista

Several weeks after rival Microsoft rolled out Windows Vista to consumers, Apple has updated iTunes to run on the new operating system -- although "a few" problems still remain, Apple said yesterday.

The company also issued a security update for its QuickTime multimedia player software, patching eight vulnerabilities; According the Apple warning, all could be used to execute arbitrary code, a scenario most researchers equate with a critical threat.

More than a month ago, Apple warned Microsoft's Vista users to stay away from iTunes -- the software for buying music tracks and loading tunes onto iPods -- until further notice.

However, iTunes 7.1 "addresses a number of compatibility issues with Windows Vista," said Apple. But the software still isn't quite right. "iTunes 7.1 is recommended for use with most editions of Windows Vista; however, Apple is actively working with Microsoft to resolve a few remaining known issues."

On Apple hardware, iTunes 7.1 has been updated to support the upcoming Apple TV hardware, due out later this month.

QuickTime's security fix, meanwhile, patched Mac and Windows versions of the player; all eight vulnerabilities affected the Windows edition, while seven involved the Mac version. All could be exploited with various malformed files, since the bugs are in how QuickTime parses files formats, including MIDI, PICT and QTIF.

Tagged as QuickTime 7.1.5, the update can be downloaded from Apple's support site. Mac OS X users can also retrieve the patches using the operating system's update feature, while Windows users can launch the Apple Software Update utility to snag the update.

The release was the second update to QuickTime this year, and the third overall for the Mac. In late January, Apple patched the player to fix a flaw disclosed by the Month of Apple Bugs project.

iTunes 7.1 can be downloaded from the Apple site.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Events

Featured

Slideshows

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners

This year’s Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards were held as an integral part of the first entirely virtual Emerging Leaders​ forum, an annual event dedicated to identifying, educating and showcasing the New Zealand technology market’s rising stars. The 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 recognised the outstanding achievements and business excellence of 30 talented individuals​, across both young leaders and those just starting out. In this slideshow, Reseller News honours this year's winners and captures their thoughts about how their ideas of leadership have changed over time.​

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners
Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security

Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security

This exclusive Reseller News Exchange event in Auckland explored the challenges facing the partner community on the cloud security frontier, as well as market trends, customer priorities and how the channel can capitalise on the opportunities available. In association with Arrow, Bitdefender, Exclusive Networks, Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security
Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomed 2019 inductees - Leanne Buer, Ross Jenkins and Terry Dunn - to the fourth running of the Reseller News Hall of Fame lunch, held at the French Cafe in Auckland. The inductees discussed the changing face of the IT channel ecosystem in New Zealand and what it means to be a Reseller News Hall of Fame inductee. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch
Show Comments