Most security vulnerabilities reported for Google’s Android operating system in 2016

Posted 02 January 2017 16:58 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Android was the software product with the most reported security issues last year, according to numbers compiled by CVE Details. For Google’s mobile operating system 523 vulnerabilities were reported.

Vulnerabilities are tracked by so-called CVE numbers. As soon as a leak in software is found, a CVE number can be requested by the discoverer and this number can then be used to track the vulnerability. The website CVE details tracks all CVEs and the site each year reports the, “Top 50 products by total number of distinct vulnerabilities”.

Last year Mac OS X took the first place with 444 vulnerabilities, this year Apple’s OS  is on the 11th spot with 215 security issues. After Google’s Android with 523 reported vulnerabilities, the second and third place are taken by Debian (319) and Ubuntu (278) respectively.

Adobe’s Flash Player is on the 4th place and the company has another application in the top 10. Variants of Adobe’s PDF reader Acrobat take the 7th, 8th and 9th spot with 227, 227 and 224 CVEs respectively. Besides Android, Linux distributions Debian, Ubuntu and OpenSuse and Adobe the top 10 is completed by the Linux Kernel and Novell’s OpenSuse based Leap OS.

When it comes to desktop operating systems, then for Mac OS X the most (215) vulnerabilities were reported. Second is Windows 10 (172), third Windows 8.1 (154), 4th Windows 8.1 RT (139) and the top 5 is completed by Windows 7 (134).

Looking at browsers with the most reported vulnerabilities then Google’s Chrome is first (171), second is Edge (135), third is Firefox (133), 4th is Internet Explorer (129) and the top 5 of browsers with the most reported vulnerabilities is completed by Safari (56).

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Posted on: 04 Jan 17 20:51
I'm a bit surprised that Debian has that many more known vulnerabilities than Ubuntu. Ubuntu is Debian-based, with some custom code added in, so I would expect Ubuntu to inherit Debian's security vulnerabilities while adding a few new vulnerabilities along the way.
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