The Vulnerability Update is a recurring report based on data from Flexera Softwares Vulnerability Database. The report provides a Top 20 per month of products with the most vulnerabilities recorded over a three month period, along with brief comments from Secunia Research at Flexera Software.
In this edition, Secunia Research provides commentary on QNAP NAS, a network attached storage device, used for data storage by private users and small businesses, and on vulnerabilities in security tools like AlienVault Unified Security Management (USM). And the report puts Microsoft as the vendor with the most vulnerable products over the three month period a position held by IBM in previous Vulnerability Updates.
The reason so many Microsoft products are in the Top 20 lists this time is that both Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge come bundled with Adobe Flash, adding the 35 Flash vulnerabilities listed in August to Windows 8 and upwards. This means that for Windows systems from 8 and later, the 35 vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player are added to the Microsoft vulnerabilities, resulting in these products climbing higher than they otherwise would, explained Kasper Lindgaard, Director of Secunia Research at Flexera Software.
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The report also touches on one of the new challenges facing the IT industry: the Internet of Things (IoT), which is bringing more internet-connected devices into businesses and the homes of consumers. IoT impacts both the old IT guard – application producers, and the security community – and newcomers, like manufacturers creating Internet-connected intelligent devices, who must start integrating software security into their product strategy.
With the IoT trend comes the necessity to educate businesses and consumers and get them to treat their connected devices from telecommunications equipment and medical devices to toasters, thermostats and cars – like their PCs, full of updateable software that can be vulnerable to hackers, said Lindgaard, We need to get businesses and consumers to start applying security updates to their devices, just as they should be doing to the software on their PCs and mobiles. The problem is, that even though we have been trying to get the apply security updates message across for more than 10 years, consumers still are not sufficiently aware that they need to do so.
You can download the Vulnerability Update here.