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Web Browsers, Desktop Software Top “Dirty Dozen” Apps List

Google Chrome placed first on Bit9's list
November 16, 2010 - Waltham, Mass. - Bit9, Inc. today unveiled its fourth annual report of the top applications with reported security vulnerabilities in 2010. Google Chrome placed first on the “Dirty Dozen” list, followed by Apple Safari and Microsoft Office. Apple and Adobe are the most represented companies with three applications each making this year’s list. The “2010 Top Vulnerable Applications” report serves as a warning to enterprises about the risks of employees downloading unauthorized software and affirms the importance of staying current with software updates.

The report represents a “who’s who” of venerable tech companies and the applications most popular with enterprises and consumers alike, and contradicts the perception that Apple software is the most secure. The “Dirty Dozen” list ranks applications by the number of reported “high severity” vulnerabilities that impacted end users during 2010, and includes the following:

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Kelly Jackson Higgins 2, Editor-in-Chief, Dark Reading