Chrome tops Dirty Dozen list of vulnerable applications

16 Nov 2010

A number of applications’ vulnerabilities have been highlighted in a list that rates applications by their level of security.

Google Chrome browser topped the list with the most number of high severity vulnerabilities that impacted users this year, according to the Bit9’s fourth annual ‘Dirty Dozen’ list.

The web browser had a reported 76 vulnerability issues, according to to the list, which counted 60 issues with Apple Safari, 57 issues with Microsoft Office, 54 with Adobe Reader and Acrobat, and 51 problems with Mozilla Firefox.

“Our new report reveals the most popular applications often have the most vulnerabilities that criminals can exploit, and serves as a wake-up call to enterprise IT teams to be vigilant about proactively protecting their endpoints and keeping all applications updated,” said Harry Sverdlove, CTO of Bit9.

Dubbed the ‘Dirty Dozen’ list, the applications with the most discovered flaws were lifted from US National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) official database and all scored.

Other applications that featured on the list (in alphabetical order) were Adobe Reader, Acrobat, Flash Player and Shockwave Player, Apple Opera, QuickTime, Safari, Webkit, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, RealNetworks RealPlayer and Sun Java Development Kit.

Firefox topped last year’s Dirty Dozen list, followed by Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Windows Live (MSN) Messenger.