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Windows vulnerabilities
« on: Thursday, 27 February, 2014 @ 20:14:42 »
Numbers - All products

The absolute number of vulnerabilities detected was 13,073, discovered in 2,289 products from 539 vendors. The number shows a 45% increase in vulnerabilities in the five year trend, and a 32% increase from 2012 to 2013. Since 2012, the amount of vulnerable vendors has increased by 13% and the amount of vulnerable products has decreased by 6%. However, in comparison to the last three years, these numbers are minor fluctuations and the overall trend appears relatively stable.

What is the Top 50 portfolio?

To assess how exposed endpoints are, we analyze the types of products typically found on an endpoint. Throughout 2013, anonymous data has been gathered from scans of the millions of private computers which have the Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) installed.

Secunia data shows that the computer of a typical PSI user has an average of 75 programs installed on it. Naturally, there are country- and region-based variations regarding which programs are installed.

Therefore, for the sake of clarity, we chose to focus on a representative portfolio of the 50 most common products found on a typical computer and the most used operating system, and analyze the state of this portfolio and operating system throughout the course of 2013. These 50 programs are comprised of 33 Microsoft programs and 17 non-Microsoft (third-party) programs.

Windows 8... was... the most vulnerable Windows version still supported by Microsoft, with Secunia pointing to a total of 156 glitches found in this particular build.

And still, the platform itself is not at fault, Secunia said, as the integration of Adobe’s Flash Player in Internet Explorer was the main reason why so many flaws have been reported in Windows 8.

Of course, even though so many vulnerabilities have been reported in Windows operating system, this doesn’t necessarily mean that users were open to attacks or some have fallen victims to hackers.

In fact, Microsoft has until now managed to deal with all these security glitches pretty decently, with only a limited number of exploits found out there in the wild and obviously a reduced number of users getting hacked until the company actually shipped the patches to users.

N.B. Market share: for example, nearly all Windows PCs will have Internet Explorer installed but users may have also installed, and use, alternative browers.

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