Over 7,038 new security vulnerabilities were added to the NVD database in 2014 at an average of 19 new vulnerabilities per day. Third-party applications are the most important source of vulnerabilities with over 80% of the reported vulnerabilities in third-party applications. Operating systems are only responsible for 13% of vulnerabilities and hardware devices for 4%.
When you look at the top operating systems by vulnerabilities reported in 2014, Apple Mac OS X and Apple iOS comes at top. Microsoft’s latest OS Windows 8.1 is now at 8th position, which is great.
To keep systems secure, it is critical that they are fully patched. IT admins should focus on (patch them first):
- Operating systems (Windows, Linux, OS X)
- Web browsers
- Adobe free products (Flash Player, Reader, Shockwave Player, AIR).
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