Secunia: 28% of All Installed Applications Are Insecure
Ryan Naraine writes on the ZDNet 'Zero Day' Blog:
According to data culled from Secunia’s free software inspector, about 28% of all detected applications are vulnerable to a known security vulnerability.More here.
The utility, which uses a signature database to pinpoint the specific versions of all installed programs (browsers, plugins, IM and e-mail clients, media players, operating systems) on a user’s computer, has conducted more than 350,000 inspections since December last year and the findings show exactly why we’re in the midst of a malware epidemic.
Secunia’s inspector identified about 4.9 million installed applications, and out of those, 1.4 million applications were found to be lacking critical security patches from the vendors.