Most Vulnerable Software of 2015! (Perils of Interpretation!, Advice for 2016)

Software with the most vulnerabilities in 2015: Mac OS X, iOS, and Flash by Emil Protalinski.

From the post:

Which software had the most publicly disclosed vulnerabilities this year? The winner is none other than Apple’s Mac OS X, with 384 vulnerabilities. The runner-up? Apple’s iOS, with 375 vulnerabilities.

Rounding out the top five are Adobe’s Flash Player, with 314 vulnerabilities; Adobe’s AIR SDK, with 246 vulnerabilities; and Adobe AIR itself, also with 246 vulnerabilities. For comparison, last year the top five (in order) were: Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Apple’s Mac OS X, the Linux Kernel, Google’s Chrome, and Apple’s iOS.

For “comparison” purposes, also consider:

Most vulnerable operating systems and applications in 2014 by Cristian Florian.

And a cautionary post by Emmanuel Carabott, The Pitfalls of Interpreting Vulnerability Data.

Amazing isn’t it?

How the vagaries of data come to the fore if you disagree with its interpretation?

Instead of containing “actionable insights” waiting for the plucking, data is suddenly mixed, insufficient, complicated and subject to interpretation.

You should remember that in the next Big Data/Graph/Deep Learning presentation that promises certainly/profit/insight is just a license and/or support agreement away.

Anything is possible but I would prefer to articulate, with your assistance and data, a certainly, business ROI, or insight of interest to you.

Isn’t that what really matters?

“Every” innovative firm maybe investing in n-dimensional printing software but if you have an aging HP-4000 (like I do), an investment on your part won’t have any ROI.

My advice for 2016 is to not allow a vendor’s problem (need to make a sale) become your problem (now what do I do with X?).

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