Java is security’s top enemy: Report

Keeping every app and service updated is no small task, but Secunia has found the biggest security threat could be a familiar one, Oracle’s Java. 

According to the security company, Java is top of the offender list because of its high number of vulnerabilities identified in the last year (119). It’s also especially troublesome because it’s found on 65% of computers, but only 48% of those are running the most up-to-date versions.

Other offenders included:

  • Apple Quicktime 7.x
  • Adobe Reader 10.x and 11.x
  • Microsoft.NET framework 2.x, 3.x and 4.x and XLM Core Services 3.x
  • VLC Media Player 2.x, and
  • Internet Explorer 11.x

(While these were based on findings of users in the UK, these programs and services are popular worldwide, and likely just as vulnerable in any nation.)

Update … or better yet, uninstall

The standard advice for these kinds of announcements is to make sure you’re running all of your apps with the most up-to-date versions available. But looking at this list, it’s hard to see where there’s a business need for many of these applications.

Rather than focusing on patching all vulnerable systems, take inventory of which ones you have and which you really need.

Taking a hatchet to those apps and services that are laying around collecting vulnerabilities without contributing to the bottom line or blocking them in the first place might actually be the best way to go.

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