QuickTime 7.6 Update Makes the Apple Media Player Safer and Better
Article by George Norman
On 22 Jan 2009
Apple has just recently released an update to their media player, mainly QuickTime version 7.6. The update is meant to be address a few critical security issues that plagued the software, as well as fix some file format incompatibility problems. The update is available for Mac OS X and Windows powered machines, and as always you are very well advised to download the update and stay safe.

“QuickTime 7.6 includes changes that increase reliability, improve compatibility and enhance security. For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred and any necessary patches or releases are available,” says Apple.

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From a security point of view, this update plugs a total of 7 security holes, all of them deemed as critical because they have the potential of allowing a person with malicious intent to attack a system and install unauthorized software on the aforementioned system. Hopefully nobody’s system has been compromised so far because Apple did not disclose these vulnerabilities to the public. Now that they are out there, you should patch your QuickTime player and prevent any attacker from hacking into your machine.

From an enhancement point of vies, QuickTime 7.6 also improves the players video, audio and application support capabilities:
- Single-pass H.264 encoding quality has been increased.
- Motion JPEG media has better playback reliability.
- AAC encoding fidelity has been improved.
- Exporting audio tracks from MPEG video files is now done in a consistent manner.
- iChat and Photo Booth incompatibility issues have been solved.

If you would like to get Apple QuickTime 7.6 for Mac OS X Leopard, a download location is available here.
If you would like to get Apple QuickTime 7.6 for Mac OS X Tiger, a download location is available here.
If you would like to get Apple QuickTime 7.6 for Windows, a download location is available here.



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