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Cyber Vulnerabilities – It’s Not Microsoft’s Fault: Blame Third-Party Programs for Security Vulnerabilities

Cyber Vulnerabilities – It’s Not Microsoft’s Fault: Blame Third-Party Programs for Security Vulnerabilities
T - Wed Feb 22, 2012 @ 06:35PM
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A newly released annual report by Secunia, an IT security solutions provider specializing in vulnerability management, found that Microsoft may be more secure than commonly perceived. In fact, third-party programs are responsible for the vast majority of security vulnerabilities the report claims.

Secunia’s Blog explains, “78% of vulnerabilities in 2011 affected third-party programs, by far outnumbering the 12% of vulnerabilities found in operating systems or the 10% of vulnerabilities discovered in Microsoft programs.”[i] The trend continues to look gloomy, though, because vulnerabilities are reported to be, “tripling within only a few years.”[ii]

The full report is available on Secunia’s Website.

 

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About the Authors:

Tim Coleman received his BA from Georgetown, MBA from Barry University, and Master of Public and International Affairs, Security and Intelligence Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and serves as the Center’s Director of Communications.

Brittany Minder received her BA in International Relations from Stanford University and she serves as the Lint Center’s Public & External Affairs Associate.

 

References:

  1. 1. Danchev, Dancho, “Report: Third Party Programs Rather Than Microsoft Programs Responsible for Most Vulnerabilities,” ZDNet.com, February 17, 2012, Retrieved on February 21, 2012, http://www.zdnet.com/blog/security/report-third-party-programs-rather-than-microsoft-programs-responsible-for-most-vulnerabilities/10383
  2. 2. Official Secunia Blog, “Internet Users At Risk from Serious Software Security Flaws Claims Secunia,” February 14, 2012, Retrieved on February 21, 2012, http://secunia.com/company/blog_news/blog/298/
  3. 3. Secunia, Report: Yearly Vulnerability Research Report 2011, February 14, 2012, Retrieved on February 21, 2012, http://secunia.com/company/2011_yearly_report

End Notes:


[i] Official Secunia Blog, “Internet Users At Risk from Serious Software Security Flaws Claims Secunia,” February 14, 2012, Retrieved on February 21, 2012, http://secunia.com/company/blog_news/blog/298/

[ii] ibid

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