News: First time since 2014 that IBM has not topped the Flexera Software list.
A new report has revealed that Microsoft had the largest number of vulnerable products from August toOctober this year.
The report, titled Vulnerability Update and created by Flexera Software, provides software licensing, compliance, security and installation solutions for application producers and enterprises.
Flexera said it is the first time since the introduction of the report in 2014 that IBM does not top the list as the vendor with the most vulnerable products.
Microsoft had 12 products affected by bugs, when compared to IBM’s eight product entries.
Flexera Software Secunia Research director Kasper Lindgaard said: "The reason so many Microsoft products are in the Top 20 lists this time is that both Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge come bundled with Adobe Flash, adding the 35 Flash vulnerabilities listed in August to Windows 8 and upwards.
"This means that for Windows systems from 8 and later, the 35 vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player are added to the Microsoft vulnerabilities, resulting in these products climbing higher than they otherwise would."
Flexera urged businesses and consumers to start implementing security updates to their devices.
Lindgaard said: "The problem is, that even though we have been trying to get the "apply security updates" message across for more than 10 years, consumers still are not sufficiently aware that they need to do so."