Reckless IT pros are missing security holes in non-Microsoft software
Secunia's latest Vulnerability Review 2013 (PDF) reports that 86 percent of the vulnerabilities found in the 50 most popular programs in 2012 were in non-Microsoft programs.
"Even so, IT professionals everywhere are inclined to focus on patching Microsoft programs, operating systems and just a few other programs," says Secunia. "Ignoring the threat that vulnerabilities represent in non-Microsoft programs is both reckless and unnecessary."
Not only are third-party software suppliers responsible for the vast majority of security vulnerabilities, they are responsible for an increasing share. The 14 percent of vulnerabilities found in Microsoft programs and Windows operating systems in 2012 is a dramatic improvement on the 22 percent found in 2011. The number was as high as 43 percent in 2007.