According to InfoWorld.com, a 2013 Secunia Vulnerability Review found “Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple iTunes were the most vulnerable among popular software programs in 2012”. “That may come as a surprise to anyone who accuses Microsoft of rolling out the most insecure software on the market. Then again, 29 of the top 50 most vulnerable programs in the study bore the Microsoft logo.”
The total number of Microsoft software in the top 50 aside, there does seem to be a shift in the number of vulnerabilities found in other popular software. However, it’s my opinion that Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple iTunes, because of their popularity and therefore potential target value to cybercriminals, became of more interest to security researchers who seek out vulnerabilities in software, thus placing them in the spotlight of increased scrutiny. This alone could have caused the increase in vulnerabilities reported.
But lets face it, no matter what the motivation of those identifying the vulnerabilities, there were vulnerabilities in those software applications. Possibly there for a long time while the spotlight has been on Microsoft Windows for all these years.
Oh, and by the way, the cyber crooks have also read the report and are probably planning attacks on the top software on the list at this time. Remember, the crooks go after the largest and easiest targets; and we have some new targets at the top of the vulnerabilities list. If you are using any of them, make sure you also utilize good security practices…it’s more important now.
Reference: InfoWorld.com article
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