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Life After QuickTime for Windows – Not So Bad

Apple has officially discontinued security updates for QuickTime on Windows, which opens the possibility for vulnerabilities. The Zero Day Initiative has already issued advisories for two vulnerabilities found in QuickTime for Windows, and as a result, many examiners working on Windows workstations have had to uninstall QuickTime.

What are the implications for users of BlackLight? Not to worry. We’ve got you covered.
Up until now we’ve noted in the User Guide that BlackLight requires the installation of QuickTime for both Windows and Mac examiners. However, beginning with BlackLight 2016 R2, BlackLight will use whatever the default app may be for playing media files on a Windows system. Windows Media Player 12 is recommended. So what about playing certain proprietary media files in BlackLight cases without having QuickTime? If Windows examiners do not have QuickTime installed and they wish to play certain file types such as .AMR files (voicemail, etc.) they will need to install some non-default codecs, following the instructions found here: http://shark007.net/win8codecs.html.
That’s it: Windows Media Player 12 and some additional codecs, if desired.
Note: To be clear, examiners running BlackLight on Mac workstations can carry on as before. For Mac, BlackLight still requires the installation of QuickTime 7.6.9* or higher.
*For BlackLight 2016 R1, 2016 R2

For Further Reading:
Trend Micro – Urgent Call to Action: Uninstall QuickTime for Windows Today
US-CERT – Alert (TA16-105A) Apple Ends Support for QuickTime for Windows; New Vulnerabilities Announced
Apple info on downloading QuickTime, noting end of support – Download QuickTime 7.7.9 for Windows
Apple support – Uninstall QuickTime 7 for Windows

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