VLC Media Player 188.8.131.52 released
VideoLan released VLC Media Player 184.108.40.206 featuring fixes and security hardening for the most part today to the stable channel.
VLC users may check the version of the media player with a click on Help > About in the user interface. The version is listed directly on the page.
There is also an option to run a manual check for updates under Help > Check for updates.
You may use it to find out if you are running the latest version of VLC Media Player already, or if an update is available.
VLC Media Player 220.127.116.11. is a bug fix and security hardening release for the most part, and replaces all previous versions of the stable channel of the browser.
As far as fixes are concerned, there are quite a few listed in the changelog, especially since VideoLan jumped straight to releasing VLC Media Player 18.104.22.168 and not 2.2.5.
Here are the highlights:
- Security hardening for DLL hijacking environments.
- The plugins loading will not load external DLLs by default. Plugins will need to LoadLibrary explicitly.
- Resume points are deleted now if the user clears the list of recent items.
- Fix green line on Windows with AMD drivers.
- Fix crash in screen recording on Windows.
- Fix screen recording on Windows.
- Fix mp3 playback regression on macOS and 64bit Windows leading to distortion for some media.
- Fix vimeo, youtube, dailymotion, cli, appletrailers, http, soundcloud scripts.
You find the full changelogs of VLC Media Player 2.2.5 and 22.214.171.124 on the official website.
The security hardening is particularly important, as it protects VLC Media Player and the operating system from so-called DLL hijack attacks. These attacks try to get software to load (specially prepared) DLLs from a different locations.
The bug fixes are situational, but if you have noticed issues lately while using VLC, they may have been addressed in the new 126.96.36.199 release of the media player.
Note that the new version of VLC erases resume points, those that let you jump to the last position of a media file, when you delete the list of recent items.
Finally a new update for one of the most popular media players out there. If you use it, it is highly suggested to run the update as soon as possible to bring the player version to the latest.
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