‫ 2013 most vulnerable systems & software: It's not just Internet Explorer

ID: IRCNE2014022094
Date: 2013-02-05

According to "zdnet", according to a new GFI labs report released on Monday, last year, a number of high severity vulnerabilities were found in the most popular applications and operating systems in use. Using figures from the National Vulnerability Database (NVD), the researchers found on average, 13 new vulnerabilities per day were reported in 2013, for a total of 4,794 security vulnerabilities: the highest number recorded in the last five years. Roughly a third of these vulnerabilities were classes as "high severity."

In terms of vendor, Oracle leads the pack with 514 security vulnerabilities reported, and Java alone accounted for 193 vulnerabilities, over 100 of them deemed "critical." Cisco comes in second with 373 reported security flaws, and Microsoft accounted for 344, 248 of which are considered critical.

When it boils down to browsers, Internet Explorer was extremely vulnerable in the same manner as Java -- but Google Chrome was the third most vulnerable piece of software in 2013, increasing its vulnerability rating by 43 points. Mozilla's Firefox, however, did rather well last year, bringing down its number of vulnerabilities to 149, 96 of which are critical -- which cause far more damage when exploted than medium or low-risk security flaws, but a better record than Microsoft, Jave or Chrome.



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