Apple Releases QuickTime 7.7

August 4, 2011

Apple has released a new version, 7.7, of its popular QuickTime media player, for Windows and Mac OS X Leopard.  The new version incorproates fixes for 14 identified security vulnerabilities; more details, including CVE identifiers, are given in the security note accompanying the release.

If you have QuickTime installed on your system, I recommend that you install this update as soon as you conveniently can.  You can get the new versions from Apple’s Support Download page.

Update Friday, 5 August, 11:59 EDT

There seems to be a problem with the Apple support site; trying to download QuickTime still results in getting version 7.6.9.  The built-in update mechanism (Help / Check for Updates) and Apple Software Update do appear to work and get the new version.  I’ve sent an E-mail to Apple support, and I’ll post an update here if I learn anything more about what’s going on.

Microsoft Patch Tuesday Preview, August 2011

August 4, 2011

In keeping with its usual schedule, Microsoft released its Security Bulletin Advanced Notification for August, previewing the security fixes it intends to release next Tuesday, August 9.  Microsoft plans to release 13 security bulletins this month; 11 of these are for Windows,  one for the Visio component of Microsoft Office and two for Microsoft’s developer products   Two of the patches have  a maximum severity rating of Critical, nine are rated Important, and two Moderate.  All  supported versions of Windows are affected, and have at least one Critical patch.   The table below shows the breakdown of patches by Windows version and severity:

Windows Version Critical Important Moderate
Windows XP+SP3 1 4 1
Windows Vista 1 2 3
Windows Server 2003 1 5 1
Windows Server 2008 2 3 2
Windows 7 1 3 3
Windows Server 2008 R2 2 5 2

There are also Important patches for Visio, Visual Studio, and Chart Control for .NET.

Microsoft’s announcement says that eight of the  Windows updates will definitely require a system restart; the others may require a restart, depending on the configuration of your system.

As always, this information is subject to change between now and the actual release of the bulletins next Tuesday.  I will post a note here once the actual updates are available.

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