Android and Oracle Win Top Rankings for Bad Security


Android won most vulnerable product of 2016 and Oracle was named the vendor with the most security flaws.

 A new study by CVE Details, a website that aggregates historical data on security bugs, has revealed that some of the products and companies we rely on every day are also the least secure.

Take Android. This popular OS can be found on phones, tablets and IoT devices, and its IoT presence is expected to increase with the release of Google’s Android Things IoT platform.

However, according to CVE Details, Android has the dubious honor of 2016’s most vulnerable product with 526 security bugs found.

Second place went to Debian Linux with 319 vulnerabilities, while third place went to Ubuntu Linux with 278. Adobe Flash Player and Novell’s Leap OS rounded out the top five.  Last year’s winner, Apple’s Mac OS X, came in a distant 11th.

In terms of vendors, Oracle came in first with the most security vulnerabilities found—793.

Google came in second with 698 and Adobe third with 548. Novell rounded out the top five with 394. Linux Suse OS came in last with just 90.

None of the vendors on the list came close to Apple’s winning entry in 2015 when the company had 7,008 security flaws discovered.


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Sue Walsh

About Sue Walsh

Sue Walsh is News Writer for RTInsights, and a freelance writer and social media manager living in New York City. Her specialties include tech, security and e-commerce. You can follow her on Twitter at @girlfridaygeek.

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