Apple releases QuickTime 7.1.6 for Mac and Windows

Apple StoreApple today released QuickTime 7.1.6 for Mac and QuickTime 7.1.6 for Windows which delivers numerous bug fixes, addresses a critical security issue with QuickTime for Java and includes support for:

• Final Cut Studio 2
• Timecode and closed captioning display in QuickTime Player

This update is recommended for all QuickTime 7 users.

About the security content of QuickTime 7.1.6:

CVE-ID: CVE-2007-2175
Available for: Mac OS X v10.3.9, Mac OS X v10.4.9, Windows XP SP2, Windows 2000 SP4

Impact: Visiting a malicious website may lead to arbitrary code execution

Description: An implementation issue exists in QuickTime for Java, which may allow reading or writing out of the bounds of the allocated heap. By enticing a user to visit a web page containing a maliciously-crafted Java applet, an attacker can trigger the issue which may lead to arbitrary code execution. This update addresses the issue by performing additional bounds checking when creating QTPointerRef objects. Credit to Dino Dai Zovi working with TippingPoint and the Zero Day Initiative for reporting this issue.

QuickTime 7.1.6 is available via Software Update and also as standalone installers.

More info and download links:
QuickTime 7.1.6 for Mac (43.6MB)
QuickTime 7.1.6 for Windows (19.1MB)
The most secure desktop operating system on the planet just got that much more secure.


  1. Well, it looks like they still haven’t solved the issue with playback of large MPEG files (like over 100 MB). With QuickTime 6.5, a MPEG file of any size played back smooth as silk in full screen on my PowerBook. Since QT 7, none have been playable. I get 1-2 frames per second. My guess is that it has to do with the implementation of the H.264 codec and how QT 7 processes MPEG files now.

    Anyone else with this issue?

    Also, it is reproducible on all G4 machines I have seen AND G5 playback of large MPEG files with QT 7 is much worse than it was with QT 6.5.

  2. @Cubert

    I’m using a Dual G4 at home and it plays back MPEG-2 files at full frame rate (256MB ATI Radeon Mac Pro card) using QT7. My Dual G5 at work also plays them with no obvious issues.

    On another note, this last weekend I discovered for the first time that I can open VOB files directly in QT7 – wheee. My mom always told me I could learn anything I wanted to, she just never told me how long it would take.

  3. d’ya think this fix will cause my Combo drive to accept and burn CD-RWs again?? it went all wonky and began intermittently burning or stopped burning Rewritable discs a couple of updates ago and hasn’t gone back to normal since. wha’sup wit dat?

  4. Mr. Peabody,
    Your system and graphics card probably allows that to happen. I have a 1.5 GHz PowerBook with 1 GB of RAM and a 128 MB graphics card. I still can’t play plain old MPEG files (any flavor: 1, 2, 4) even at 3/4 screen size – still choppy.

    For reasons unrelated to this, I had to reinstall Tiger from a clean install (always) last summer – no fix.

    Before people start saying “buy a new laptop, it’s too old”, the point is that the exact same movies looked freakin’ spectacular in QT 6.5 – now no joy with QT 7. I just don’t think that’s right. I hope Leopard and 7.2 smooth out the bugs.

  5. @Cubert

    I’m trying to reproduce your problem and can’t. I’ve got a macbook, ibook, G4Dual, eMac, and lamp-stand iMac in the house, all are working fine.

    Correct me if I’m doing it wrong, I loaded “Pirates of the Caribbean” into Quicktime, and it runs fine.

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