Flexera Software, which focuses on software asset management, compiles a regular Vulnerability Update, highlighting desktop computer programs that have been exploited.
Of particular interest are the findings that web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Google Chrome, PDF readers such as Adobe Reader, and even security programs such as IBM and McAfee are vulnerable.
Many of these programs are particularly relevant to business owners in their day-to-day operations, including:
- Web browsers, which enable business owners to access the internet, but can also accidentally activate viruses and malware if users are not careful;
- PDF readers, which allow business owners to view .pdf files, and are typically used to open digital copies of receipts and invoices;
- Security programs, which usually protect business owners from cyber attacks. However, those that are not regularly updated are unaware of the most recent threats, which can get by undetected.
Here is Flexera's most recent list of the 20 most vulnerable software applications:
- Adobe Reader
- Adobe Acrobat
- IBM PowerKVM
- AlienVault Unified Security Management (USM)
- OSSIM (AlienVault Open Source SIEM)
- Microsoft Windows 10
- Microsoft Windows 8
- Microsoft Windows RT
- Juniper Junos OS
- IBM Flex System Manager node (FSM)
- Microsoft Windows Server 2012
- IBM InfoSphere Information Server
- McAfee Web Gateway
- Avant Browser
- Oracle VirtualBox
- Oracle E-Business Suite
- Juniper Network and Security Manager