According to data provided by the CVE Details Apple Mac OS X is the software with the highest number of vulnerabilities in 2015.
Which is the software with the greatest number of publicly disclosed vulnerabilities in 2015? You will be surprised to know that the software with the major number of vulnerabilities is the Apple Mac OS X, that accounted for 384 vulnerabilities, followed by Apple iOS with 375 vulnerabilities. The Adobe Flash Player is just at third place with 314 vulnerabilities, followed by Adobe AIR SDK, with 246 vulnerabilities and Adobe AIR itself, also with 246 vulnerabilities.
The data were provided by CVE Details, which manages data coming from the National Vulnerability Database (NVD). Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) system tracks publicly disclosed security vulnerabilities.
The situation is quite changed respect 2014, and sincerely I was also surprised. In 2014 the software with the most vulnerabilities was Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Apple Mac OS X, the Linux Kernel, Google Chrome, and Apple iOS. It is interesting to note the progress made in the improvement of security for both Chrome and IE products.
The Top 50 chart reports various Windows versions separately, in some cases the same flaws affect several version of the Windows OSs, resulting a lot of overlap.
“The argument for separating them is probably one of market share, though that’s a hard one to agree to, given that Android and iOS are not split into separate versions. This is the nature of CVEs.” reported VentureBeat.
Other OSs, including Mac OS X, Android and iOS are not split into separate versions.
Which are the Top 50 vendors of the software affected by flaws disclosed in 2015?
Microsoft account for 1561 vulnerabilities, followed by Adobe with 1504 and Apple with 1147.
Be aware, the above data only refer publicly known vulnerabilities, but you have to consider that a number of security flaws are not reported. Another factor to consider is that this data are not linked to the number of cyber attacks exploiting them in the wild, Adobe and Java for example are the software most exploited by hackers in targeted attacks.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.