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eWeek Article: Third-Party Software Bugs Pose Big Danger, Secunia Finds

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11:00 CET on the 9th August 2010
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Third-Party Software Bugs Pose Big Danger, Secunia Finds

Secunia concludes that a mistaken belief that Microsoft and the operating system are the primary attack vectors has caused some organizations to let their guards down when it comes to security for third-party applications. Software vendors need to do a better job of making it easy for users to update their computers, Secunia said.

Secunia is calling out application vendors for poor updating practices and reminding users that third-party software vulnerabilities—and not bugs in the operating system—are the main targets of attackers.

In the Secunia Half Year Report 2010, the company says it found that the number of vulnerabilities affecting the average end-user PC reached 380, almost 90 percent of the total (420) found in all of 2009. On average, 10 vendors—including heavyweights Microsoft, Apple and Oracle—are responsible for 38 percent of all vulnerabilities, Secunia said. Apple led the way and the other four companies with the most vulnerabilities were Oracle, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and Adobe Systems.

To read the rest of the article, visit eWeek website at: Third-Party Software Bugs Pose Big Danger, Secunia Finds

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