Apple publishes QuickTime fix for streaming flaw

The latest version of QuickTime corrects flaws identified last month that could allow a hacker to take control of your system if you happened upon an evil Web page.

A new version of QuickTime is available from Apple that plugs security holes in the software for both Mac and Windows users.

QuickTime 7.3.1 was published Thursday afternoon in order to plug unspecified "security issues," according to Apple's Web site. But the fixes appear to correct the Real Time Streaming Protocol issue identified in late November that could lead to unwanted visitors if you visited a Web site that contained code taking advantage of the flaw.

Four separate patches are available on Apple's site, three for the Mac OS X big cats Panther, Tiger, and Leopard, and one for Windows. You'll also likely be prompted by Apple's Software Update feature to download the fresh version.

Apple also published release notes about a new implementation of Java Friday morning for software developers running Tiger, Mac OS X 10.4, that fixes multiple vulnerabilities. The problems were corrected with Leopard, according to Apple.

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