Global Data on Software Vulnerabilities and the Availability of Security Patches

81% of All Vulnerabilities Had Available Security Patches, Yet Common Software Programs Remain Unpatched


In 2016, Secunia Research at Flexera recorded a total of 17,147 vulnerabilities in 2,136 products from 246 vendors.  Vulnerabilities are a root cause of security issues – errors in software that can work as an entry point for hackers, and be exploited to gain access to IT systems.  The breadth of the problem illustrates the challenge faced by IT teams trying to protect their environment against security breaches without the necessary insights and automation.  For organizations to stay on top of their environments, IT teams must have complete visibility of the applications in use, and firm policies and procedures in place, to deal with the vulnerabilities as they are disclosed.

The good news is that patches continue to be available for the vast majority of vulnerabilities at the time they become public.  In 2016, 81% of all vulnerabilities and 92.5% of applications in the Top 50 Software Portfolio impacted by vulnerabilities, had patches for those vulnerabilities on the day of disclosure – all but begging for the user to take action to fix it.

The annual Vulnerability Review from Secunia Research at Flexera analyzes the evolution of software security from a vulnerability perspective.  It presents global data on the prevalence of software vulnerabilities and the availability of patches, maps the security threats to IT infrastructures, and also explores vulnerabilities in the 50 most popular applications on private PCs.

You can download and review the findings of the Vulnerability Review 2017 here.

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