Apple products suffer from the greatest number of security vulnerabilities, new research by security firm Secunia shows.
But security flaws are increasing across the market. The research found that the number of vulnerabilities discovered across all platforms during the first half of 2010 was almost equal to the total number recorded in the whole of 2009.
Secunia recorded 380 vulnerabilities in the top 50 most used packages for end-user PCs during the first half of 2010, amounting to 89 per cent of all flaws found in 2009.
Secunia has said that the rise in vulnerabilities is because of the rising quantity of malicious third party software becoming available for all platforms.
Software makers Oracle and Microsoft ranked second and third in the list.
The company stated that a typical PC with 50 applications installed will face 3.4 times more bugs in the 24 third-party applications they averagely have installed, than in the 26 Microsoft programs.
Secunia said: “Despite increased investments into the security of their products, none of the seven vendors who occupied the Top-10 group in 2005 as well as in 2010 managed to decrease the number of vulnerabilities discovered in their products.”