updated 09:15 pm EST, Wed February 26, 2014
QuickTime 7.7.5 now available, addresses security weaknesses
Apple has released a QuickTime update to rectify multiple security issues with its Windows version. Users who play a maliciously-crafted movie file may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution, caused by an uninitialized pointer issue existent in the handling of track lists, memory corruption, and more. Improved error-checking is now included, and additionally a buffer overflow that was previously present in the handling of H.264 encoded movie files has been fixed through improved bounds checking. QuickTime v7.7.5 may be obtained from the QuickTime Downloads site, and is available for Windows 7, Vista, XP SP2 or later.
Apricorn releases rugged Aegis Padlock SSD
Mobile storage manufacturer Apricorn has released a tough encrypted USB 3.0 solid state drive. Constructed with military-grade durability and FIPS 140-2 validated security, the Aegis Padlock SSD is crush-resistant and rated to withstand over 6,500 pounds of pressure. It has no moving parts, and so is drop- and vibration-resistant, as well as being unaffected by high humidity functions in extreme temperatures. All data on the drive is protected with real-time AES-XTS 256-bit hardware encryption, and access to the drive is protected with the user's unique PIN, via an onboard keypad. Apricorn's Aegis Padlock's integrated USB 3.0 cable offers data transfer speeds up to 230 MB per second, and can be purchased in capacities of up to 480GB. Pricing starts at $430 for a 120GB capacity.