Well this list of the top vulnerable Applications and Operating Systems in 2010 breaks pre-conceived notions, some just may not be able to digest! While the findings for the operating systems may be on expected lines, the one’s for the application sure throws up some surprises.
Among vulnerable application, Browsers appear to be the favored targets. Chrome followed by Safari were the most vulnerable apps.
The top most targeted operating systems in 2010 have been shown in the following table. Microsoft Windows Server 2003 followed by Windows XP are the most targeted operating systems.
The report also states that 75% of vulnerabilities are targeting applications, 18% operating systems and 7% hardware devices.
This means that patching only Microsoft products is not enough. You also have to ensure that all your applications are up-to-date, especially Adobe products, Web browsers and Java Runtime Environment.
These are the findings from a recent study on 2010 data from National Vulnerability Database. National Vulnerability Database is the U.S. government repository of standards based vulnerability management data represented using the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP).