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Are You Running Vulnerable Software?

Subscribers to the Windows Secrets Newsletter were asked to scan their computers using the Software Inspector, a service of The scan reveals versions of Windows and builds of applications that have security flaws for which a vendor patch is available.

This resulted in a list of applications are the most likely to be installed but unpatched on users’ PCs. In the following list, number 1 represents the unpatched application that was found on the greatest number of readers’ machines, with higher numbers representing fewer machines:
1. Adobe Flash Player 9.x
2. Sun Java JRE 1.6.x/6.x
3. Macromedia Flash Player 6.x
4. Macromedia Flash Player 8.x
5. Macromedia Flash Player 7.x
6. Apple QuickTime 7.x
7. Macromedia Flash Player 5.x
8. Mozilla Firefox 2.0.x
9. Macromedia Flash Player 4.x
10. Adobe Reader 7.x

What’s in YOUR computer?

All of these applications are media players, browser plug-ins that play media files, or a browser itself (i.e., Firefox). All of these programs can be attacked across the Internet — for example, if you play an infected Flash video you find on a Web site or that you received via e-mail. Consequently, using an older version of these program poses a real security risk. Run the Software Inspector and clean up whatever it warns you about.

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