Top 16 most vulnerable operating systems in 2016

Androids may dominate the global market shares in the smartphone operation system, yet it has the weakest security among all operating systems. According to CVE Details, a website which evaluates software vulnerabilities, ranked Androids being the most vulnerable operating systems. In this research, CVE accumulated all of the exploits that third parties may launch cyber attacks toward the devices with such operating system. Since it is ranked by accumulations of weak spots, some of those exploits can be more severe than other.

In this research, CVE accumulated all of the exploits that third parties may launch cyber attacks toward the devices with such operating system. Since it is ranked by accumulations of weak spots, some of those exploits can be more severe than other. (Edited: since the average severity are very similar, the ranking with severity won’t differed much from this ranking)

Here are the list of top 15 most vulnerable operating systems:

 Ranking  Operating System  Producer  #of vulnerabilities
1  Androids Google 523
2  Debian Linux Debian 327
3  Ubuntu Linux Canonical 278
4 Leap Novell 260
5 Opensuse Novell 228
6 Linux Kernel Linux 217
7  Mac Os X Apple 215
8  Windows 10 Microsoft 172
9 iPhone OS Apple 161
10 Windows Server 2012 Microsoft 156
11  Windows 8.1 Microsoft 154
12  Windows RT 8.1 Microsoft 139
13 Windows 7 Microsoft 134
14 Windows Server 2008 Microsoft 133
15 Enterprise Linux Workstation Redhat 126
15 Enterprise Linux Server Redhat 126
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Androids dominated the smartphone operating system market shares

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3 thoughts on “Top 16 most vulnerable operating systems in 2016

  1. “Since it is ranked by accumulation of weak spots, some of those exploits can be more severe than other.”

    well, yeah– not only does it make this ranking absolutely useless, but it also doesnt weigh the mitigating factors that decrease the severity or viability of those vulnerabilities.

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    • True, in some aspect. Neither I nor CVE calculated the average severity of each OS. However, when I checked the scores, all of them have the similar proportion of serious, medium and small loopholes. Perhaps I should’ve included this information in the article to avoid these misunderstanding.

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      • i wouldnt personally do it without a line graph of severity superimposed on a line graph of estimated popularity.

        not only would i suspect a correlation, but a vulnerability rank-per-popularity rank would be even more informative, if the other correlation is obvious. if debian has the most vulnerabilities in its bug-tracker, is it really because its more vulnerable? or because the other distro has fewer users to find or fix vulnerabilities?

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