Feeds

SANS compiles Top 20 security vulns list

Apps and networking appliance crash security party

The essential guide to IT transformation

Bugs in anti-virus scanners and web-based applications joined flaws in Microsoft and Cisco networking products in a list of the 20 most serious vulnerabilities discovered this year.

The list - compiled by the SANS Institute in co-operation with security vendors such as Qualys and government agencies in the UK and US - highlights the 20 most critical vulnerabilities currently facing organisations. Vulnerabilities that are easy to exploit and where a large number of unpatched systems existed were highlighted in the report. In addition to identifying vulnerabilities in Windows and UNIX systems, this year's Top-20 list also includes cross-platform applications and networking products for the first time.

Various flaws in Internet Explorer and Microsoft Windows Services (such as Plug and Play) make the top 20 list. These are joined by anti-virus product glitches and back-up software. Vulnerabilities to Oracle database and application software products also make the SANS Top 20 list.

The flaws are all well-documented. The idea of the Top 20 is to draw people's attention towards particularly serious problems that might have been overlooked. Starting earlier this year, the SANS Institute moved from an annual to quarterly update of its list, now into its fifth year, to reflect the faster evolution of internet threats. It's still doing the annual round-up though with this year's Top 20 launched in Europe at a high profile event in London on Tuesday featuring speakers from SANS, the DTI and the National Infrastructure Security Coordination Centre (NISCC). ®

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Ice cream headache as black hat hacks sack Dairy Queen
I scream, you scream, we all scream 'DATA BREACH'!
Goog says patch⁵⁰ your Chrome
64-bit browser loads cat vids FIFTEEN PERCENT faster!
NIST to sysadmins: clean up your SSH mess
Too many keys, too badly managed
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
Researchers camouflage haxxor traps with fake application traffic
Honeypots sweetened to resemble actual workloads, complete with 'secure' logins
Attack flogged through shiny-clicky social media buttons
66,000 users popped by malicious Flash fudging add-on
New Snowden leak: How NSA shared 850-billion-plus metadata records
'Federated search' spaffed info all over Five Eyes chums
Three quarters of South Korea popped in online gaming raids
Records used to plunder game items, sold off to low lifes
Oz fed police in PDF redaction SNAFU
Give us your metadata, we'll publish your data
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?