May-July 2016: popular operating systems and products had 2,686 vulns

News by Danielle Correa

The total number of recorded vulnerabilities across widely-used operating systems and niche products was 2,686 from May through July 2016.

A recurring vulnerability update from Flexera Software covered the top 20 products per month with the most vulnerabilities during the three month period.

Microsoft was identified as the vendor with the most vulnerabilities across the top 20 products from May through July with a total of 518 vulnerabilities. Windows 10, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8 and Windows RT all landed in the top 20 all operating system products.

“The overall rate of vulnerabilities remains high, and specifically with respect to operating systems – underscoring the need for users to be diligent about patching their operating systems,” said Kasper Lindgaard, director of Secunia Research at Flexera Software.

The report makes note that the discussion around security often centres on high-profile vendors with widely familiar products. But according to the report findings, the product with the most vulnerabilities from May through July was Philips Xper Connect, a hospital information system which had 272 vulnerabilities. This revelation proves the need to extend software vulnerability management across all software assets on corporate or personal systems, not only to those that are well known or widely used.

“The healthcare industry, for instance, is a prime target for hackers looking to harvest protected health information and personally identifiable information for trading in the underground markets. Healthcare providers, therefore, must be aware of the software vulnerabilities that may exist in their own environments, understand the criticality of those vulnerabilities and take swift and appropriate actions to patch them before exploitation occurs,” Lindgaard said.

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