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Revealed: the most vulnerable software applications

Sasha Karen
07 December 2016 1 minute readShare
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Concerned about your digital security? A US-based software asset management company has revealed its list of the 20 most vulnerable software applications commonly used in business.

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:

  1. A businessman wrapped in caution tape stretches out his hand for a handshakeAdobe Reader
  2. Adobe Acrobat
  3. IBM PowerKVM
  4. PAN-OS
  5. AlienVault Unified Security Management (USM)
  6. OSSIM (AlienVault Open Source SIEM)
  7. MySQL
  8. Microsoft Windows 10
  9. Microsoft Windows 8
  10. Microsoft Windows RT
  11. Juniper Junos OS
  12. IBM Flex System Manager node (FSM)
  13. Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  14. MariaDB
  15. IBM InfoSphere Information Server
  16. McAfee Web Gateway
  17. Avant Browser
  18. Oracle VirtualBox
  19. Oracle E-Business Suite
  20. Juniper Network and Security Manager
Revealed: the most vulnerable software applications
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