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InfoWorld Article: Third-party software bugs skyrocket in 2010

8:35 CET, 14th July 2010 By Secunia.

Third-party software bugs skyrocket in 2010


A surge in third-party software vulnerabilities accounted for the bulk of a ballooning bug count in the first half of 2010, said Danish security firm Secunia Monday.

The increasing number of flaws uncovered in non-Microsoft software puts users at risk because few third-party vendors offer automated update services, requiring people to seek out updates, then manually download and install patches.

"We were astonished to see the extent of the vulnerabilities in third-party software," said Stefan Frei, research analyst director at Copenhagen-based Secunia. "The jump in vulnerabilities was almost exclusively due to third-party applications, not Microsoft's."

Frei analyzed Secunia's vulnerability database -- the company is best known for tracking bugs and issuing advisories -- and collected information on the average Windows PC's application inventory using Secunia's PSI (Personal Software Inspector). PSI is a free tool that scans PCs to produce a list of vulnerable software.

To read the rest of the article, visit InfoWorld website at: Third-party software bugs skyrocket in 2010

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