Whereas I don't know of any recent progress in this problem, let me mention one result for closed curves.
Theorem. A closed plane curve of length $L$ and curvature bounded by $K$ can be contained inside a circle of radius $L/4 - (\pi - 2)/2K$.
Edit. Apparently the problem is still open. Here's an article (arXiv link), which contains a survey of some known results as of 2009. From the Introduction:
In 1966, Leo Moser asked for the region of smallest area which can accommodate every planar arc of length one. The problem is known as “Moser’s worm problem” and is a variation of universal cover problems. In Moser’s problem, a cover is a set which contains a copy of any rectifiable planar arc of unit length, and is usually assumed to be convex. Such a minimal cover is known to have area between 0.2194 and 0.2738. However, the original problem remains unsolved.