Android, Debian Linux and Ubuntu Linux top 2016 list of most vulnerable product charts

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Figures made available by CVE Details have shown that Android, Debian Linux, and Ubuntu Linux topped the charts of the most vulnerable products in 2016.

According to the statistics revealed by CVE Details, an online database that collects and stores information on software security vulnerability, Google Android recorded the biggest number of vulnerabilities in 2016—523.

Second on the list, according to the report, is Debian Linux with 319 while Ubuntu Linux is third on the chart with 278 vulnerabilities. Contrary to expectations, Adobe’s Flash Player came fourth on the list with 266 vulnerabilities.

Android recorded 99 vulnerabilities that allowed for leaking information; again, this figure is alarming considering the fact that only 19 was recorded a year before. 250 security bugs that enabled elevation of privileges were recorded. This calls for worry considering the fact that only 17 was recorded in previous year.

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Credit: https://www.cvedetails.com/top-50-products.php?year=2016

There is really no reason to panic…

Actually there is no reason to panic as some of these figures do not seem to be accurate. As a matter of fact, some of these vulnerabilities were counted twice by CVE Details. The same security flaws exist in the cases of Adobe and Microsoft where the report showed in more than just a product or version of their software, reports Softpedia.

You might also not need to worry about the security of these products as the high number of vulnerabilities do not necessarily mean they are less secure. In most cases, most of these vulnerabilities/bugs were fixed by Google and others before exploits were developed.

Other notable products that made the list include; Microsoft Windows 10, Linux Kernel, iPhone OS, Mac OS X, Firefox, Fedora, Wireshark, Office, Safari, Air Sdk, Watchos, Qemu, Mysql, and Solaris.

So, don’t go dumping your Android phone somewhere because you suspect security breaches. Chances are pretty high that most of these vulnerabilities have been fixed before you get to read or find out about them online.

However, the data released by CVE Details is a clear indication that the Android operating system is increasingly experiencing Denial of Service vulnerabilities; especially when you consider the 2016 stats. For example, the number of DoS vulnerabilities rose from 56 in 2015 to no less than 104 in 2016.

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Author: Ola Ric

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