YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD A BAD YEAR? Compare yourself against the Android operating system, which, according to CVE, has had the most security vulnerabilities over the past three hundred and sixty something days.
CVE is what comes at the head of all those patch notifications that you and we see far too often. Mitre's Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) database counts up all those releases, and weighs them.
Usually, firms like Microsoft and Adobe are engaged in a grubby scuffle over the uppermost tiers, but this year it is all Google's. Android leads the list of reported vulnerabilities by a long way with 523 vulnerabilities behind it.
Its closest competitor is Debian Linux with 319, followed by Ubuntu Linux with 278 and Adobe Flash with 266. Novell takes the next two spots, with issues on Acrobat and Open SUSE. Adobe comes back in seventh, eighth and ninth place with a trio of Acrobat issues.
The Linux Kernel closes off the top ten, leaving Apple just outside with 215 vulnerabilities in 2016. 12th is another bloody Adobe Reader problem, while Microsoft and Windows 10 are lucky, or unlucky, 13th place.
These headline numbers do not tell the full story, though, it is the number of vulnerabilities by vendor tables that are really damning. Google does not top that list. Adobe does with 1383 vulnerabilities across 50 products, while Microsoft is second with 1325 per 50. Apple makes the list with 324 vulnerabilities, but this is more than half the issues that affected it in 2015.
Google meanwhile, is attributed with 698 issues across 50 products. Most of which probably relate to Android. While this is low in comparison to Adobe, it is more than double the amount reported in 2015, where Google was shamed 318 times.
Records for the firm date back to 2002, and in 2002 Google had one vulnerability, Microsoft had 243 and Linux had 15. µ
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