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HelpNet Article: Third-party software responsible for most vulnerabilities

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13:50 CET on the 12th January 2011
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Most people owning a PC are familiar with Microsoft's patching process - it's easy and it's there. For a lot of them, it also gives the impression that Microsoft's products are chock-full of flaws.

But, according to Stefan Frei, Research Analyst Director with Secunia, it's not the vulnerabilities in Microsoft's products we should mostly worry about, but those in third-party software.

At the Infosecurity press event in London, Frei said that even though the number of discovered vulnerabilities has slightly decreased in the last two years, the worrying fact is that 84 percent of all those found in 2010 can be exploited from a remote location, and that 69 percent are tied to third-party products that may or may not have a quality patching mechanism in place.

The percentages reported are the result of Secunia's Annual Report for 2010, compiled by taking stock of the information gathered by their Personal Software Inspector - a tool designed to detect vulnerable and outdated programs and plug-ins.

According to this numbers, 55 percent of the end-point users have more than 66 programs from more than 22 vendors installed on their systems. Of the top 50 software used, 26 are developed by Microsoft, and the remaining 24 by 14 other vendors.

To read the rest of the article, please visit HelpNet at: http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=10436

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