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List of most vulnerable software in 2016

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The most popular and most used operating system is also the most vulnerable software in 2016. The details are listed according to CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) on their website. The list contains a list of top 50 software’s which include Operating system and Applications.

Don’t consider the list as a negative publicity to the software and its manufacturers. Basically, what it says is this much of vulnerabilities were discovered on these software’s and the manufacturers were able to find and fix it making it more secure.

The entire list is shown at the end of this article.

Most vulnerable Operating systems in 2016

Android

According to CVE, the most vulnerable software is Android. Android was found to carry 523 vulnerabilities. This does not mean your Android carry all these 523 problems. Most of these vulnerabilities are specific to certain drivers, chipset, version of Android and bugs from installed Apps. So, the number of vulnerabilities in one device may not be the same on another one.

To fix these vulnerabilities, Google regularly release Android security patches in the form of updates to fix these loopholes. When reported, hardware manufacturers also release hardware updates to patch the vulnerabilities. Another problem is the security threats from the installed Apps.

Solution: Keep your device up to date. If you notice no updates in last several days, regularly check for updates manually and get it installed.

Other Operating Systems: Android is followed by Debian Linux from Debian, Ubuntu Linux from Canonical, Leap and Opensuse from Novell standing at 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th position respectively. Mac OS X and Linux kernel were found to have more vulnerability than Windows 10.

Most vulnerable Applications in 2016

Flash Player

Flash Player carried 266 vulnerabilities which is the highest among Application software.  Flash Player is slowly and surely getting wiped out from systems. The frequent news about discovering a new Flash vulnerability and the popularity of HTML 5 is making developers to move away from using Flash Player for displaying animations and videos. Popular web browsers are also moving away from Flash and looking for alternate methods.

If you use Flash Player, regularly check for updates and keep it updated.

Other Applications: Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, Acrobat DC and Acrobat from Adobe came in 7th, 8th, 9th and 12th places with 227, 227, 224 and 204 vulnerabilities respectively. These vulnerabilities were widely publicized in 2016 as some of them even allowed a hacker to take remote control on your PC.

Most vulnerable Web browsers in 2016

Google Chrome is the most vulnerable among web browsers in 14th position with 172 loopholes. This is followed by Edge in 19th position, Firefox in 22nd position and internet explorer in 23rd position.

Solution: Fortunately, web browsers are quickly fixed by releasing patches immediately when a vulnerability is reported.

Most vulnerable of programming language and software in 2016

PHP was found to be the most vulnerable among programming language. Any websites using PHP scripts are more prone to attack. Mysql, Wireshark, Phpmyadmin are other languages that were found to carry loopholes.

Solution: Developers need to be aware of newly found bugs and regularly check for bugs in their software. If bugs are found, find a fix and release these as patches through updates.

Sl No.ProductVendorType of SoftwareNumber of Vulnerabilities
1AndroidGoogle
OS
523
2Debian LinuxDebian
OS
319
3Ubuntu Linux
Canonical
OS
278
4Flash Player
Adobe
Application
266
5Leap
Novell
OS
259
6Opensuse
Novell
OS
228
7Acrobat Reader Dc
Adobe
Application
227
8Acrobat Dc
AdobeApplication
227
9Acrobat Dc
AdobeApplication
224
10Linux Kernel
Linux
OS
217
11MacOS X
Apple
OS215
12Reader
Adobe
Application
204
13Windows 10
Microsoft
OS
172
14Chrome
Google
Application
172
15iPhone OS
Apple
OS
161
16Windows Server 2012
Microsoft
OS
156
17Windows 8.1
Microsoft
OS
154
18Windows Rt 8.1
Microsoft
OS
139
19Edge
Microsoft
Application
135
20Windows 7
Microsoft
OS
134
21Windows Server 2008
Microsoft
OS
133
22FirefoxMozilla
Application
133
23Internet Explorer
Microsoft
Application
129
24Enterprise Linux Workstation
Redhat
OS
126
25Enterprise Linux Server
Redhat
OS
126
26Windows Vista
Microsoft
OS
125
27Enterprise Linux DesktopRedhat
OS
125
28Fedora
Fedoraproject
OS
120
29Linux
Oracle
OS
111
30PHP
PHP
Application
107
31Apple Tv
Apple
OS102
32Mysql
Oracle
Application
100
33Wireshark
Wireshark
Application
95
34Qemu
Qemu
Application
91
35WatchOS
Apple
OS77
36Phpmyadmin
Phpmyadmin
Application
76
37Solaris
Oracle
OS74
38Firefox Esr
Mozilla
Application
72
39Enterprise Linux
Redhat
OS63
40Flash Player For Linux
Adobe
Application
62
41Air Sdk
Adobe
Application
62
42Linux Enterprise
Suse
OS
61
43Safari
Apple
Application
56
44AIR
Adobe
Application
56
45Air Sdk \& Compiler
Adobe
Application
55
46Enterprise Linux Hpc Node
Redhat
OS
54
47Enterprise Linux Server Eus
Redhat
OS
53
48Enterprise Linux Hpc Node Eus
Redhat
OS
49
49Office
Microsoft
Application
48
50Suse Linux Enterprise Server
Novell
OS48

Credits : CVE details

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About the author: Anup Raman A Tech Enthusiast|Blogger|Tech Trainer with 10+ yrs experience in the field of IT. My expertise are in Operating Systems, mainly Windows and Computer security which comes from my experience, working as Tech Support and Trainer for Microsoft, Symantec and McAfee. Loves blogging about Technical Troubleshooting, discussing latest Gadgets, Games and doing Reviews.

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