I know there are dozens of audio players for windows, but which one has:
- the best security record (least reported vulnerabilities)
- the least number of security exploits
- the best security implementation, along with the reasoning behind the implementaiton (i.e. how it is handled).
As Windows users start to see more and more reports of media-based attacks against Windows Media Player (& co.) it would be useful to have a player that has some proactive security approaches to handling exploits.
I’m not sure as far as “best security record” goes, but VLC tops my list. Version 1.0 has also been released recently and it’s open source, meaning people can assist in finding vulnerabilities and collaboratively improve the software.
Foobar2000 has been my player of choice for quite a long time. Simple player, or because of its extensive plugin support, as complicated as you want it. I have never heard of any security exploits for it specifically, but if there are any known, the developers will probably address them right away.
This is slightly redundant: but if your media player isn’t talking to the internet, you’re closing a major attack vector. Do you really need cover art? If not, turn it off. Do you really need CD track titles? If not, turn it off. Every piece you turn off makes you a little safer.