25 Mar Software – Is it really that bad?
As you can imagine the overall number of generally acknowledged software vulnerabilities has increased over the last year, this in itself isn’t at all surprising. But it might surprise you to find that the majority of them are in non-Microsoft products! – That’s right, Microsoft aren’t the bad guys after all.
This is the key finding of the latest Vulnerability Review from well-known vendor Flexera Software. In 2015 they recorded 6,081 vulnerabilities in 2,484 products from 263 vendors.
After looking at the 50 most popular applications on private PCs (identified using Flexera’s Personal Software Inspector and chosen by them) the split between vulnerabilities in Microsoft and non-Microsoft products shows 21 percent for Microsoft and 79 percent for other vendors. This is despite Microsoft products making up a whopping 67 percent of that top 50. As a ratio this is pretty good and speaks volumes about the quality of some of the other popular software out there.
In 2015, Over 1100 vulnerabilities were discovered in the five most popular browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari. Think about that next time your browsing the internet.
Over the same period 147 vulnerabilities were discovered in the five most popular PDF readers: Adobe Reader, Foxit Reader, PDF-XChange Viewer, Sumatra PDF and Nitro PDF Reader.
It all sounds quite alarming but 84 percent of these vulnerabilities had patches available on the day of their disclosure. For more informationd and to grab yourself a copy of the full report you can visit the Flexera website
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