New data from Secunia Research (www.flexerasoftware.com), a provider of software vulnerability intelligence, reveals the state of security for PC users in a total of 14 countries, including the US.
The report shows that: one in 20 applications on private US PCs are end-of-life; 12 percent of Windows operating systems are unpatched; and for the first time in four consecutive quarters, Oracle Java isn’t topping the list of most exposed programs – Apple has purportedly taken the lead. Findings in the US Country Report include:
° 5.5 percent of applications on the average US PC have reached end-of-life, meaning they are no longer supported by the vendor and do not receive security updates. End-of-life Adobe Flash Player 18, which was end-of-life as of September 22, 2015, is found on 80% of the PCs.
° Apple QuickTime 7.x and Apple iTunes 12.x tops the list as the US’ most exposed applications.
° QuickTime has a market share of 55% and 18 reported vulnerabilities, 61% of users have not installed the latest updates.
° iTunes has a market share of 40% and 106 reported vulnerabilities, and 47% of users have not installed the latest updates.
° Other applications in the top 10 include Adobe Reader, Oracle Java 8 and Mozilla Firefox. Notable apps and app updates for October 27, 2015