Top Most Vulnerable Applications and Operating Systems in 2010

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  1. PJC

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  2. dw426

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    I'm not at all surprised that applications have become the favorite target over the OS. Chrome topping the chart is somewhat surprising, given it's supposed "tight security", though popularity means bigger target. Flash never surprises me..but people/websites still use RealPlayer? *shrug*. Interesting report.
     
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    Very interesting and useful. Thank goodness for secunia psi and this is exactly why I use sumatra for pdf's instead of adobe acrobat reader.

    I'm really surprised to see Chrome so high, I thought Chrome won all those 'hardest to hack' contests? Maybe this will help put to rest all the "don't use IE!" discussions, IMO its quite secure with protected mode & the smartscreen filter enabled. I can't believe it has nearly half the vulnerabilities of FF.
     
  4. tlu

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    I can - see here.
     
  5. Page42

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    Internet Explorer would be ranked even better if it wasn't for IE6.0, which I am assuming is included in this comparison.
     
  6. Escalader

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    Thanks for this thread, very interesting stuff.

    After the pie chart this was also posted:


    What is missing for me is the versions of the applications and the operating systems.

    What version of IE were they using? Same for FF?

    FF is less secure than IE?

    When they say patching adobe etc is needed to ensure adequate security it might be an overstatement. I'm not sure Adobe is ever secure patches or not.

    I'm going to look at their source data to see what can be learned!
     
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    I doubt it will put all the discussions to rest, but for those of us who use IE and haven't fallen victim to the FUD, the findings are encouraging.

    Here is an excerpt from an InfoWorld article titled, "Technology's biggest myths"...

     
  8. Noob

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    Wow Chrome has some high amount of numbers.
    I just hope Chrome fast development also means fast vulnerabilities fixing, which i feel it is :)
     
  9. Serapis

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    Actually most of Chrome's vulnerabilities are hypothetical and discovered by the development team rather than in the wild. Chrome's releases and fixing speed is very high compared to all the other browsers. The browser sandbox is incredibly secure which doesn't enable the exploits to be successfully used to infect.

    From my experience IE updates tend to come with patch Tuesday which is quite a while.
     
  10. J_L

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    How are Macs safer than linux?
     
  11. Osaban

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    I can't understand either, hopefully Serapis's interpretation is right.
     
  12. funkydude

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    With IE9 coming with even stronger security and an improved SmartScreen filter with reputation on downloads, it's only going to get better.
     
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    No doubt.
    And here I was, looking forward to upgrading to 9.0, only to learn that it won't run on XP.
    It's almost enough to make me migrate to Win7. :)
    I guess that's the greater plan, isn't it?
     
  14. funkydude

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    Inevitable really, and with SP1's appearance on Windows Update to be imminent, what better time? :)
     
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    Since I manage so far without IE9 (and Vista/Win7), I'm putting some money aside in a Ponzi scheme. It (my money) will grow exponentially and then I'll spring for Win8 among other things.

    On a less serious note, the under-privileged have been ranting about IE9 being restricted to Vista/Win7 for several months now. This site has been quite voluble on the matter.
     
  16. funkydude

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    Seems a bit silly to wait for a new Operating System (Windows :cool: that... as with all new things, will have teething problems and in this case, could be a complete flop. Rather than upgrade to a more secure OS now that has removed all teething problems (SP1) and experience IE9, but that's my opinion. At least if Windows 8 fails, I'll be on a recent OS that isn't as exploitable as what will then be an Operating System over a decade old.
     
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    Yes, my expereince is that MS's o/s seem to be in a cycle.

    Good, not so good, eg windows xp sp3 good, vista (?) then Windows 7 I find good.

    Going back we had windows 95 then windows me and windows 98.

    Anyway, you guys see what I mean I hope. I skip every other os. Never did go with vista.
     
  18. PJC

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    +1 :thumb:
     
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    Just wondering whether that would have anything to do with the fact that Google integrated Flash Player into Chrome last year. I mean, IF they're including Flash vulnerabilities, since Chrome has Flash integrated, that might explain Chrome being at the top of the list. o_O
     
  20. dw426

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    Which, while certainly easy on the user, is a good reason NOT to integrate plugins within the browser.
     
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    off topic posts removed. No need to hear tired old arguments over what software performs better
     
  22. katio

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    Come on, why do you keep posting that rubbish? I thought we had dealt with this utter nonsense already?

    number of vulnerabilities != number "of the top most targeted applications" or some kind of security rank
    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=286831

    At least I can agree with their final remarks about Windows update isn't enough. But the talk about "targets" shows this Cristian Florian has no idea what he's talking about.
    The big problem with such articles is that they are the norm, not the exception :(
     
  23. safeguy

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    Never has a truer word been spoken.:thumb: I abide by your order, your Majesty.:p
     
  24. John Bull

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    Love it.

    I see my old pal Google Chrome is top of the charts. Well done Chrome, go for gold.

    Well, ya live and learn. Chrome is so fast, it is a blur, but by golly it`s so full of holes it provides an open playground for all the hackers and hijackers.

    John
     
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    ROFL...Self-denial.;)
     
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