Java is the biggest vulnerability for US computers
Oracle’s Java poses the single biggest security risk to US desktops, according to a new report from Copenhagen-based security vendor Secunia ApS, because of its penetration rate, number of vulnerabilities, and patch status.
According to the report, 48 percent of users aren’t running the latest, patched versions.
“This is not because Java is more difficult to patch, but the program has a high market share and a lot of the users neglect to patch the program, even though a patch is available,” said Kasper Lingaard, the company’s director of research and security.
There were 119 new vulnerabilities identified in Java over the past year and the software is installed on 65 percent of computers, according to the report.