Here we come with the list of 10 most vulnerable Os of 2017. The list where neither of the product vendors would like to rank. The rank is based on the data from the central repository of vulnerability, vulnerabilities which have received a CVE identifier.
Here is list of the most vulnerable OS of 2017;
#10 Windows 8.1
10th rank in the list is secured by Microsoft’s Windows 8.1. The desktop OS was reported for 224 distinguished vulnerabilities in the year 2017. Windows 8.1 ranked 17th in 2016’s list of most vulnerable OS with slightly less count of vulnerabilities. In the year 2015, a total number of 154 vulnerabilities were reported for the OS.
#09 Windows 7
Windows 7 – an another Windows and one of the most appreciated desktop Os was reported for 228 vulnerabilities that resulted in securing 9th place in the not so “good list“. In the year 2016 it was identified with only 134 vulnerabilities and was in 13th place.
#08 Windows Server 2012
8th rank in the list is obtained by Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012. The server OS was identified with 234 vulnerabilities in the year 2017. The operating system released in September 2012 has been into the top 10 most vulnerable OS list since last 3 years. It ranked 7th and 10th in the list of 2015 and 2016 with most vulnerable Os with an almost same count of reported vulnerabilities (155 & 156 respectively).
#07 Windows Server 2008
Re-appearing into the top 10 vulnerable OS list, Windows Server 2008 ranked at number seven in the 2017’s list. Earlier the server ranked at position 9th in the year 2015. The server OS was reported for 242 distinguished vulnerabilities last year. In 2015, Windows Server 2008 was at 9th position for its 150 vulnerabilities.
#06 Windows Server 2016
Officially released at Microsoft’s Ignite Conference on September 26, 2016, the Server OS was reported for 250 different vulnerabilities in the year 2017. The OS ranked 6th in the list of most vulnerable OS of 2017.
#05 Windows 10
The operating system running on more than 600 million devices ranked fifth on the list. Windows 7 was reported for 266 distinguished vulnerabilities in the year 2017. The desktop operating system released on July 29, 2015, was at the 9th position last year for 172 vulnerabilities.
#04 Mac OS X
The 4th place in the list goes to Apple’s Mac OS X for its 299 vulnerabilities that got identified in 2017. Mac OS X, in the year of 2015 was ‘topper’ of the most vulnerable OS list with its 444 identified vulnerabilities.
#03 iPhone OS
3rd rank in the list of most vulnerable Os of the year 2017 is obtained by Apple’s iPhone OS. The OS was reported for 287 distinct vulnerabilities. In the year 2016, Apple’s iPhone OS ranked 9th on the list with mere 161 vulnerabilities.
#02 Linux Kernel
With more than double the count of vulnerabilities from 2016, Linux Kernel ranked second on the list of most vulnerable OS of 2017. In the year 2017, Linux kernel was reported for 435 vulnerabilities as compared to 217 in 2016. Whereas, in 2015, just 86 vulnerabilities were reported.
#01 Android OS
With a total number of 841 identified vulnerabilities in 2017, Google’s Android OS top the rank of Operating system with the most number of vulnerabilities. Android got this “not so desired rank” second time in a row. Last as well Android top this list with its 523 vulnerabilities. In the year 2015, this undesired position was held by Apple’s Mac Os X with 444 vulnerabilities.