Zero day, Web browser vulnerabilities spike in 2014
The number of zero-day and Web browser vulnerabilities shot up in 2014, but overall software vendors are patching faster.
The data comes from Secunia, a Danish security vendor that releases an annual study of trends in software vulnerabilities, which are used by hackers to compromise computers.
Zero-day vulnerabilities—which are software flaws actively being used by attackers when publicly disclosed—rose from 14 in 2013 to 25 last year. Those type of flaws are among the most dangerous and prized by attackers since patches aren’t available from vendors.
Flaws in Web browser software increased to 1,035 in 2014, up from 728 the prior year, according to Secunia’s report.