According to reports from the Secunia security notification, it was established that the sum total of vulnerabilities recorded in the first six months of this year were nearly equal to those tabulated for the whole of last year.
Apple Tops List
In the line up, Apple came tops with the highest number of security bugs followed by Oracle in the second position and Microsoft came a distant third with regard to security bugs available in their products in the first six months of this year. In the first half of this year, Secunia reported that it had logged about 380 vulnerabilities in the 50 most common packages that are used by typical PCs users’ everyday. According to the study, that marked about 89% of the cumulative sum the research firm had recorded for the preceding year, 2009. Secunia now believes firmly that your PC security vulnerabilities are changing drastically.
Increased Bugs Threat From Third Party Apps
Whereas traditionally you would be worried of vulnerabilities in your system, Secunia believes that is changing fast with time as security threats become more prevalent in way of bugs from third party applications, as opposed to security threats to your system. As such, if you have a typical end user PC that you have installed 50 programs in, chances are you will be challenged by security threats or bugs about 3.5 times than normal in the third party programs you have installed in your PC as opposed to the 26 Microsoft programs that you might have installed in the same PC. What is worse is the fact Secunia reports that the ratio of vulnerabilities will go up considerably to a high of 4.4 this year. Things are not made any better by the fact that preparing to fight against these bugs and security threats is further compounded by the 13 varying software update strategies that run on different PCs.
Worrying Security Threat Trend
According to Secunia, the overall number of security threats in terms of bugs facing a typical PC end user has nearly doubled from 220 to about 420 in a period of two years, from 2007 to 2009. The challenge is made worse by the suggestions from the report that Secunia still expects that number to rise to highs of 760 this year, a cumulative sum that almost doubles up the number of security threats for the preceding two years recorded. However, as the Secunia reports suggests more than once in its findings, the overall number of security threats is not equal to the overall security of an application you are using. What this implies is that there are other important factors that must be factored when thinking of your PC’s security.
Chief amongst these is the severity of the security threat and the duration it takes before a patch is released for its treatment. What is crucial in this regard is the fact that, whereas security threats might have doubled in third party applications, to compare the levels of security threats between an open source application such as Firefox or Chrome and any others with a totally closed source application such as Internet Explorer is rather unfair to say the least.