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Is it a security risk running older versions of software ? If this topic doesn’t fit anywhere just delete it mods thanks. Sorry

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1 minute ago, JeremyNicoll said:

It depends entirely what the software does.  If it's a browser, quite possibly.  If it's a text editor, almost certainly not.

What about a media player ?

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3 hours ago, max2 said:

Is it a security risk running older versions of software ?

In many cases yes, especially if you are using it to view content online (web pages, videos, pictures, etc) or using it to open files downloaded from the Internet.

 

1 hour ago, max2 said:

What about a media player ?

Absolutely. For instance, many open source media players (such as VLC media player) had a security vulnerability in how they handled loading subtitles that (if I remember right) could have allowed execution of malicious code:
https://www.videolan.org/security/sa1301.html

The VideoLAN website lists more security vulnerabilities that effected VLC if you want to see more examples, however note that there have been many media players that have had security issues (in reality they probably all have them, even if some haven't been found yet):
https://www.videolan.org/security/

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On 8/30/2018 at 6:29 PM, GT500 said:

In many cases yes, especially if you are using it to view content online (web pages, videos, pictures, etc) or using it to open files downloaded from the Internet.

 

Absolutely. For instance, many open source media players (such as VLC media player) had a security vulnerability in how they handled loading subtitles that (if I remember right) could have allowed execution of malicious code:
https://www.videolan.org/security/sa1301.html

The VideoLAN website lists more security vulnerabilities that effected VLC if you want to see more examples, however note that there have been many media players that have had security issues (in reality they probably all have them, even if some haven't been found yet):
https://www.videolan.org/security/

 

This sucks. It is the only way a certain iOS app will work correctly by using a older version of VLC Player :(

God dawn developers haven't updated the iOS app in 6 months all emails remain with no reply.

 

Is it possible I could run a older version of VLC Player safely in Sandboxie or would that not be worth the trouble ?

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20 hours ago, max2 said:

Is it possible I could run a older version of VLC Player safely in Sandboxie or would that not be worth the trouble ?

That should work, however if you have the capability then a Virtual Machine might be better.

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