SECURE IT ALERT: About that Apple iTunes 10.7 update – yeah, it fixes more than *160* different vulnerabilities!

Lately I’ve had a lot going on between our son, Brett Albertson (Easley High School football center #75) and his slew of activities, our daughter Megan in college, my band (Hot As A Pepper) and work. Because of these distractions I almost missed an important security update.

A few days back, Apple released the 10.7 update of iTunes. While you should update ALL your software regularly, many people wouldn’t really pay much attention to iTunes because it’s not an operating system or supporting application like a browser that you think of as being vulnerable to exploitation.  It’s just a music/video player, right? It just plays what it downloads from the iTunes store, right?

No, not at all.  It has the ability to play external media, hosted elsewhere besides the safety of the Apple servers, along with files stored on your computer that you didn’t purchase.

According to this security bulletin, it looks like over 160 vulnerabilities are addressed in this update and here is the key takeaway, “Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution”.

Since Apple is intentionally vague about what the vulnerabilities and gives  us only that one tidbit, I would recommend that you do not delay installing this update to your machines.   This includes Mac owners in addition to Microsoft Windows users.

If you have questions or need assistance, call us at 864.990.4748… If you’ve got computers or servers – we patch ’em!


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