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Most of 2016's holes had fixes the day we knew about 'em. Did we patch? Did we @£$%

Patching rates went down in 2016 despite an increase in availability of security patches, according to a new study out today. Last year Secunia Research at Flexera Software recorded a total of 17,147 vulnerabilities in 2,136 products from 246 vendors. Even though a big majority (81 per cent) of all vulnerabilities had patches …
John Leyden, 13 Mar 2017

Infosec bods Flexera snap up Secunia's cybersecurity knowhow

Flexera Software has acquired vulnerability management tools firm Secunia, although terms of the deal, announced Tuesday, are undisclosed. Adding Secunia’s technology to Flexera's existing software licence solutions will transform software asset management practices, according to the US software licensing company. Secunia’s …
John Leyden, 15 Sep 2015

Start stockpiling tinned beans and ammo: This malware will end civilisation

Media hype is affecting vendors’ patching strategies to the detriment of internet security, vulnerability management firm Secunia warns. The high-profile Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability triggered the mass patching of 600 products by more than 100 vendors within just 40 days. A further OpenSSL vulnerability from June 2014 led …
John Leyden, 6 Feb 2015
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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

Product round-up No matter if you're reinstalling Windows for the 47th time this fortnight or attempting to rid a new machine of bloatware in favour of something that's actually useful, the question remains: what alternative apps exist that don’t involve coughing up for obscene licensing fees? RH Numbers Fortunately there's plenty of …
Shaun Dormon, 27 Nov 2014

UK consumers particularly prone to piss-poor patching

UK consumer patching practices have worsened still further over the last three months, increasing the threat of malware problems, according to a new study by IT security provider Secunia. Secunia estimates 12.6 per cent of UK users are running unpatched operating systems, up from 9.7 per cent the previous quarter. In addition …
John Leyden, 30 Oct 2014

Adobe Flash: The most INSECURE program on a UK user's PC

Adobe Flash Player was the most insecure program installed on UK computer users PCs throughout the second quarter of 2014, according to stats from vulnerability management firm Secunia. Nearly seven in 10 (69 per cent) UK PC users were found to have an end-of-life version of Adobe Flash Player 13 installed during Q2 2014. …
John Leyden, 10 Jul 2014
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Don't fret over SOHO routers and Heartbleed. But yeah, there's LOADS to fear on home kit

The infamous Heartbleed bug doesn't affect home routers in practice, according to new analysis by security researchers at TripWire. The infosec vendor nevertheless warned that "critical security flaws" are "endemic" to small office/home office (SOHO) routers. TripWire came to this conclusion after revisiting earlier research …
John Leyden, 9 May 2014

Who's riddling Windows PCs with gaping holes? It's your crApps

Nearly nine out of ten security vulnerabilities in Windows computers last year were the fault of popular third-party applications, as opposed to Microsoft's own software. That's according to security biz Secunia, which analysed flaws found in the most-used 50 Windows programs - 29 from Microsoft (including its operating system …
John Leyden, 15 Mar 2013
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Secunia bets on open information for security growth

RSA 2012 Danish vulnerability specialist developer Secunia has released the latest beta of its Personal Software Inspector (PSI), and says it is betting on an open approach to security information to grow the company. Founder Niels Henrik Rasmussen told The Register that his company will continue to work on open information sharing …
Iain Thomson, 2 Mar 2012
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Microsoft code not the security sieve sysadmins should be worried about

The gap between software patched by IT departments and the applications cyber-criminals actually target is leaving organisations at a greater risk of attack. And despite system administrators' efforts to keep Microsoft-supplied packages up to date, non-Redmond software is almost exclusively responsible for the growth in …
John Leyden, 15 Feb 2012
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Winamp mends trio of old-school security holes

An update to Winamp closes a terrible trio of critical security holes in the popular media player application. The rather old-school vulnerabilities involve a brace of integer overflow cockups in the in_avi.dll plug-in and a heap-based buffer overflow vulnerability in the in_mod.dll plug-in library. All three flaws create a …
John Leyden, 13 Dec 2011
The Register breaking news

Secunia jumps on vuln reward bandwagon

Secunia has launched yet another vulnerability rewards program, the Secunia Vulnerability Coordination Reward Program, which it says is designed to operate independently of particular software vendors. The company says the idea is to make life easier for researchers, by concentrating vulnerability reporting to a single entity …
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0day vulnerabilities fall but critical bugs grow

Almost half the security bugs chronicled by Secunia in the last year were not covered by a patch at the time of their publication. That figure, actually 45 per cent, may seem dangerously high but the firm reports that it has actually improved from 47 per cent to 55 per cent a year ago. This indicates that more researchers are …
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2011
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Third party developers blamed for Windows security woes

Failure to apply third-party patches rather than updates from Microsoft is "almost exclusively" responsible for the growing exposure of Windows machines to security threats, according to Secunia. Stats from users of Secunia's patch management scanning tool report that, on average, less than 2 per cent of Microsoft programs are …
John Leyden, 18 Jan 2011
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Secunia intros auto-update to patch management tool

Security notification firm Secunia took the wraps off a new version of its patch management tool on Monday. Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) version 2.0 is designed to simplify the process of updating software applications and comes at no charge for consumers. The previous version of the tool informed users when a …
John Leyden, 21 Dec 2010
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Secunia recovers from DNS redirection hack

Security notification firm Secunia has confirmed that a DNS redirection hack was to blame for the redirection of surfers to a hacker site on Thursday. Secunia's authoritative DNS hosting was redirected for 70 minutes in the early hours of Thursday morning (Central European time). But because of the way DNS caching works, many …
John Leyden, 26 Nov 2010
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DNS hijack used to deface Secunia

Visitors to the website of security notification firm Secunia were confronted by a defacement on Thursday morning. The site was sprayed by digital graffiti by a hacker using the handle TurkGuvenligi in what early indications suggest was the result of a DNS hijack rather than an exploit on Secunia's website itself. A diary …
John Leyden, 25 Nov 2010
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Apple ranks first in surging security bug count

The number of vulnerabilities in the first half of 2010 was close to the number recorded in the whole of 2009, security notification firm Secunia reports. Apple ranks first, ahead of runner-up Oracle, and Microsoft in the number of security bugs found in all their products in 1H 2010. During the first six months of 2010, …
John Leyden, 12 Jul 2010

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