of UK PC users had an unpatched Operating System.
of UK users had Adobe Air 3 installed. 45 % of them hadn’t patched the program, even though a patch was available. There were 86 vulnerabilities in Adobe Air 3.
of UK PC users had Microsoft XML Core Services installed. 46% of them hadn’t patched the program, even though a patch was available. There were 2 vulnerabilities in Microsoft XML Core Services.
(Source: Secunia PSI Country Reports, UK, Q3 2013)
A vulnerable software program that isn't patched compromises the security of the PC. This is because it leaves the PC vulnerable to being exploited by hackers.
Vulnerabilities are discovered in software programs on a regular basis, and the vendor will release a patch for users to apply in the form of a security update. If users do not perform these updates, their PC will be vulnerable to attacks because hackers can use the vulnerability as an entry point.
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