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The US-CERT Current Activity web page is a regularly updated summary of the most frequent, high-impact types of security incidents currently being reported to the US-CERT.

Apple Releases iTunes 9.2.1

Apple has released iTunes 9.2.1 to address a vulnerability. This vulnerability is due to improper handling of itpc URLs. itpc is the protocol used by Apple iTunes for handling podcasts. By convincing a user to access a specially crafted itpc URL, an attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial-of-service condition.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Apple article HT4263 and update to iTunes 9.2.1 to help mitigate the risks associated with this vulnerability.

Microsoft Windows .LNK Vulnerability

US-CERT is aware of a vulnerability affecting Microsoft Windows. This vulnerability is due to the failure of Microsoft Windows to properly obtain icons for .LNK files. Microsoft uses .LNK files, commonly referred to as "shortcuts," as references to files or applications.

Oracle Releases Critical Patch Update for July 2010

Oracle has released its Critical Patch Update for July 2010 to address 59 vulnerabilities across multiple products. This update contains the following security fixes:

  • 6 for Oracle Database Server
  • 2 for TimesTen In-Memory Database
  • 5 for Oracle Secure Backup
  • 7 for Oracle Fusion Middleware
  • 1 for Oracle Enterprise Manager
  • 7 for Oracle E-Business Suite
  • 2 for Oracle Supply Chain Products Suite
  • 8 for Oracle PeopleSoft and JDEdwards Suite
  • 21 for Oracle Sun Products Suite
US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the July 2010 Critical Patch Update and apply any necessary updates to help mitigate the risks.

Microsoft Releases July Security Bulletin

Microsoft has released updates to address vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows and Office as part of the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for July 2010. These vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the bulletins and follow best-practice security policies to determine which updates should be applied.

Oracle Critical Patch Update Pre-Release Announcement

Oracle has issued a critical patch update pre-release announcement indicating that its July release will contain 59 new vulnerability fixes. Release of the critical patch update is scheduled for Tuesday, July 13, 2010.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the pre-release announcement; US-CERT will provide updates as they become available.

Microsoft Releases Advance Notification for July Security Bulletin

Microsoft has issued a Security Bulletin Advance Notification, indicating that its July release will contain four bulletins. Three bulletins will have the severity rating of critical and will be for Microsoft Windows and Office. The remaining bulletin will have the severity rating of important and will be for Microsoft Office. Release of these bulletins is scheduled for Tuesday, July 13, 2010.

US-CERT will provide additional information as it becomes available.

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