XP Attracts Twice More Attacks than Windows 7 and Vista Combined for Microsoft Vulnerabilities
Attackers targeting vulnerabilities in Microsoft software have a definite preference for a decade-old operating system released in 2001. Windows XP, the platform that continues to own the lion’s share of the operating-system market, attracts twice as many attacks targeting Microsoft vulnerabilities, compared with Windows 7 and Windows Vista
combined, according to statistics shared by the Redmond company via volume eight of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIRv8
). XP accounted for 64.46% of the OS market at the end of March 2010, Net Applications revealed, while Vista had 16.01% and Windows 7 10.23%.
Microsoft analyzed exploits attempted through websites in the second half of 2009, and concluded that users were better off running Windows 7 or Vista, rather than XP. “Every browser-based exploit can be traced to a vulnerability in a specific piece of software. Comparing exploits that target Microsoft software to third-party exploits (those that target vulnerabilities in software produced by other vendors) suggests that the vulnerability landscape of Windows Vista and Windows 7 is very different from that of Windows XP,” an excerpt from SIRv8 reads.