SC Magazine Article: Unpatched PCs remain a threat
8:30 CET on the 12th January 2011 Entry written by Secunia.
An unpatched PC is a greater threat than any zero-day vulnerability.
Speaking at the Infosecurity Europe press conference, Stefan Frei, research analyst director at Secunia, said that the number of vulnerabilities had been relatively stable but high over the last few years, and that two vendors accounted for 20 per cent of all vulnerabilities.
He said: “The PC is increasingly targeted, you can protect the server as it is a static environment as it does not surf or install technologies but the endpoint is dynamic and you work with the data on desktop as that is where the data sits.”
Focusing on programs installed by PC users, Secunia research found that 50 per cent of users have more than 66 programs from over 22 vendors installed, what Frei called a 'big impact on how to protect your machine'.
He said that taking the top 50 most prevalent programs, 25 are from Microsoft, while 24 are from third parties from 14 different vendors.