Apple Have More Vulnerabilities Than Microsoft Says Security Firm

By Jamie Pert - Jul 22, 2010

Security firm Secunia are reporting that Apple, who are thought to be amongst the most uncrackable products and services have more security flaws and vulnerabilities than those of any other company, with Microsoft coming in third place behind Oracle.

The report issued only covers the first half of 2010, but Apple fans will be disappointed to learn that the iPhone daddy tops the list with most security flaws, namely with the iTunes / Quicktime package that also shares a high market share. Secunia also concludes that the bigger the market share, means the more problems which could also point to Apple being top of the list.

The analysis does not infact mean that Apple products are ‘less secure’ than others, but have more of a consistent means of vulnerabilities and security flaws to that of Microsoft.

This chart shows the trends that date back to 2005, with HP, Adobe, IBM, Vmware, Cisco, Google and Mozilla Organisation in the list.

Secunia’s report pinpoints the reasons why they have come up with the results they have in the release and say:

A typical end-user PC with 50 programs installed had 3.5 times more vulnerabilities in the 24 3rd party programs installed than in the 26 Microsoft programs installed. It is expected that this ratio will increase to 4.4 in 2010.

They continue to defend Microsoft being one of the prime culprits of security flaws by saying:

Users and businesses must change their perception that Microsoft products pose the largest threat in order to allocate security resources effectively. General awareness on the risk of 3rd party programs must be established.

What do you make of Secunia’s results? Are they accurate?

Source: PC World

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