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One of Microsoft’s most hated ever products is to finally be killed off, the company has confirmed.
With Windows 10 now the company’s established operating system of choice, and another major update in the works, the computer giant has confirmed it is to stop supporting older platforms.
On the chopping block is the much maligned Windows Vista operating system that was originally released back in January 2007.
Vista support isn’t just on its way out, it’s already in its final days, with Microsoft confirming it will completely stop supporting the platform within a month.
If, for some reason, you’re still using a Vista-powered machine, the all important date to add to your diary is April 11.
After then, Vista machines will fail to add further updates and will not receive any more security patches.
The platform will also lose update access to Microsoft’s antivirus app, Security Essentials, meaning machines could quickly become the targets of hackers.
Those running Vista are advised to upgrade their system immediately or risk being unprotected against potentially damaging cyber attacks.
Vista was widely criticised from day one, receiving low scoring reviews and failing to grab consumers’ imaginations.
As well as being more clunky and harder to use than the company’s past platforms, Vista also came in for criticism for failing to address users’ wants.
Having killed off a range of favourite processes and apps, Vista replaced them with a mass of unnecessary bloatware that caused many devices to run slowly.
Amazingly, recent Netmarketshare figures have shown that around 0.78% of all devices running today are still powered by Windows Vista.
While that might sound like a small number, it still accounts for millions of devices.
It’s not just Microsoft that’s ceasing support for Vista, either.
Mozilla recently announced that Vista users would soon no longer be able to download or use the latest versions of its Firefox web browser.
This follows Google’s move to halt support for older Windows platforms for its own Chrome browser.
While Windows Vista is on the way out, however, Windows 10 is on the way up and currently powers more than 500 million devices.
This doesn’t make it the most popular platform around though.
Instead, that honour belongs to Windows 7 that continues to power almost half of the world’s PCs, with a dominant 48.41% market share.
Posted on 23rd Mar 2017 09:47:21 by surrect.media
Despite its recent claims to be focusing on security, the number of vulnerabilities in Microsoft products grew from 703 in 2015 to 729 in 2016, according to VulnDB statistics released by Risk Based Security, a company that sells analytics and user-friendly dashboards designed to identify security risks by industry.
And, despite Redmond saying that Window 10 is a more secure product than its previous avatars, the VulnDB figures show that the total vulnerabilities in Windows 10 amount to 705, more than Windows 7, which Microsoft often says is more insecure than Windows 10. Windows 7 has been around much longer than Windows 10 but has so far recorded 647 vulnerabilities. Among other big tech companies, vulnerabilities in Google’s products also grew, with the company recording 1125 flaws in 2016, compared to 1016 in 2015. Cisco showed a big drop in vulnerabilities, with the figure for 2016 being 484, in comparison with 666 in 2015.
The same was the case with Apple, which recorded 530 vulnerabilities in 2016 compared to 777 the previous year. Adobe, which is well-known for vulnerabilities in its Flash player, had 549 vulnerabilities in 2016, with the 2015 figure being 505.
Risk Based Security records all vulnerabilities in the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures list and the National Vulnerability Database, plus a large number from other sources. Accordingly, its VulnDB recorded a total of 15,000 vulnerabilities for 2016 (up to 23 January, 2017), 6659 more than in CVE and NVD together for the same period. Around a third of these vulnerabilities had public exploits but only a little under half could be exploited remotely.
The fact that this many vulnerabilities were reported across various sources could be put down to the increase in bug bounty programs by both vendors and third parties. In 2016, there 715 third-party bug bounty programmes and 190 offered by vendors. The 2015 figures were 694 and 161 respectively. The increase in bug bounties could, in turn, account for the drop in unco-ordinated disclosures, which fell from 2385 in 2015 to 2195 in 2016. Correspondingly, co-ordinated disclosures went up from 6134 to 6735.
The 2014 figures were 4161 for unco-ordinated disclosures and 4038 for co-ordinated disclosures, displaying a downward trend. Risk Based Security says its VulnDB counts only distinct vulnerabilities and if a product includes vulnerable code from third-party dependencies it is not treated as a new vulnerability.
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Posted on 7th Feb 2017 16:48:56 by surrect.media
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