Apple has released iTunes 10.2 to prepare the way for the arrival of iOS 4.3 and the iPad 2 next week. However 10.2 also contains some important security fixes for the iTunes software on the Windows platform.
According to an advisory issued by US-CERT, the operational arm of the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), iTunes 10.2 addresses multiple vulnerabilities which if exploited could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial-of-service condition.
The vulnerabilities which only affect the Windows platform are in the ImageIO, libxml, and WebKit packages. Apple has released a document which describes the security content of iTunes 10.2.
Along with these fixes and support for iOS 4.3, the iTunes 10.2 update includes improved home sharing, which means you’ll be able to stream music and movies from your computer to iOS 4.3 devices (including iPhone 3GS and above, iPod 3rd generation and above and all models of iPad).