As a big fan of movies and a listener to all kinds of music, I tried almost all kinds of players found in the web. Many players have really good qualities whether in the sound system, displaying pictures, or in the platforms’ features. On the other hand, there are players that are not very well developed or advanced as other players. The Apple QuickTime media player is a software that allows Mac and Windows users to play, interact with, play back video or audio, and to view VR and graphics files, but, I still consider it not as good as other players in the sense of quality and features for many different reasons.
First, let’s consider QuickTime different applications:
- QuickTime Player — for playing back audio and video files
- QuickTime Pro — for flexible multimedia authoring
- Browser plug-ins — for viewing media within a web page
- Picture Viewer — for working with still images
- QuickTime Streaming Server — Open source streaming server for delivering streaming media files on the Internet in real time
- Darwin Streaming Server — for delivering streaming media with Linux, Solaris and Windows
- QuickTime Broadcaster — for delivering live events on the Internet
- MPEG-2 Playback Component — for playing back MPEG-2 content
As my experience goes on with QuickTime player, I noticed that this platform doesn’t offer any free trial period which I believe is very important way to increase the number of users. Many users tend to choose a certain player after experiencing good qualities with the platform, and many are so willing to pay certain amount monthly to get a convenient player. For me, I found it inconvenient not to watch movies in a full screen, which I believe many others will agree with me. A week a go, I used QuickTime player to watch a movie and I noticed that the movie started on pause feature, and, I had to press play in order to watch the movie, unlike other players such as RealPlayer which starts immediately. Another flaw in QuickTime player is you can’t play mp3 songs unless you have updated QuickTime to 7 pro, whether with RealPlayer you can play both movies and songs without any upgrades are required. In my QuickTime, I couldn’t use either rewind or forward feature or even fast rewind or forward option.
As I searched the web, I found another flaw in QuickTime player regarding its vulnerability. It relates to how the media player software handles the Real Time Streaming Protocol, or RTSP, according to an advisory published on the Month of the Apple Bugs web site. An attacker could create a special RTSP string in a rigged QuickTime file that would cause a buffer overflow. The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to reliably overwrite heap memory with user-controlled data and execute arbitrary code in the context of the user who executed the player or application hosting the QuickTime plug-in. The attacker can perform any operation such as using audio or video files to take full control of a vulnerable machine. About the solution, there is no available solution at the time of this entry.