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.
US-CERT is aware of reports of tax season phishing scams. The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has issued a news release on its website warning consumers about potential scams. These scams are circulating via fraudulent email or other online messages appearing to come from the IRS. They attempt to convince consumers to reveal personal and financial information that can be used to gain access to bank accounts, credit cards, and other financial institutions.
US-CERT encourages users to do the following to mitigate the risks:
Adobe has released an update for Reader and Acrobat to address multiple vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities affect Adobe Reader 9.2 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, and UNIX and Adobe Acrobat 9.2 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial-of-service condition.
US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Adobe Security Bulletin APBS10-02 and apply any necessary updates to help mitigate the risks.
Oracle has released its Critical Patch Update for January 2010 to address 24 vulnerabilities across several products. This update contains the following security fixes:
- 10 for Oracle Database
- 3 for Oracle Application Server
- 3 for the Oracle Applications Suite
- 1 for PeopleSoft and JD Edwards Suite
- 5 for the BEA Products Suite
- 2 for the Oracle Primavera Products Suite
Microsoft has released an update to address a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows in its Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for January 2010. This vulnerability may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code. An attacker may be able to exploit this vulnerability by convincing a user to view content rendered in a specially crafted Embedded OpenType (EOT) font in an application that can render EOT fonts. Common applications that can render EOT fonts include Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office Word, and Microsoft Office PowerPoint.
US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the bulletin and apply any necessary updates to help mitigate the risks.
VMware has released Security Advisory VMSA-2010-0001 to address multiple vulnerabilities in ESX Service Console packages for Network Security Services (NSS) and NetScape Portable Runtime (NSPR). Exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to obtain sensitive information, cause a denial-of-service condition, bypass security restrictions, and compromise a vulnerable system.
Additionally, VMware has updated two previously released advisories: VMSA-2009-0014.2 that addresses vulnerabilities in the DHCP, Service Console Kernel, and Java JRE packages for ESX, and VMSA-2009-0004.3 that addresses vulnerabilities in the OpenSSL, BIND, and Vim packages for ESX.
Microsoft has issued a Security Bulletin Advance Notification indicating that its January release cycle will contain one bulletin, which will have a severity rating of Critical. The notification states that this bulletin is for Microsoft Windows. Release of this bulletin is scheduled for Tuesday, January 12.
US-CERT will provide additional information as it becomes available.