Zero-day security vulnerabilities on the rise

Secunia Vulnerability Update shows cyber attacks increasing in sophistication

So far in 2015, there have been seven publically disclosed zero-day security vulnerabilities, according to new analysis.

Secunia’s Vulnerability Update report shows that the vulnerabilities have all been found in extensively used software such as Adobe Flash Player and Windows. The reports definition of a zero-day vulnerability is one that is actively exploited by hackers before it is publically known.  

The nature of zero-days gives hackers as an entry point for advance persistent threat attacks and the increase shows that cyber crime is building in sophistication.

It has been highlighted in the media on a regular basis that this is a popular attack method for those engaged in espionage and other malicious activities.

The report notes that more zero-days being reported is not necessarily a bad sign, stating it would be far worse if the industry was not recognising them, leading to further vulnerability.

The Vulnerability Update also stated that 1,691 new weaknesses were found, with IBM taking the top prize for most vulnerable portfolio.

When it came to individual software solutions, Apple Macintosh OS X and Avant Brower were the products with the most vulnerabilities – both with 84 discovered in the quarter.

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