HPI: Number of Serious Software Vulnerabilities Has Increased in 2015

In 2015 fewer software security vulnerabilities were reported worldwide than in the previous year. But at the same time the number of published vulnerabilities with a high level of severity has increased.

According to an HPI analysis, in the last twelve months alone at least 5,350 reports of software vulnerabilities have been registered or updated. In 2014 there were about 7,200 such vulnerabilities reported. The computer scientists’ overview shows that in comparison to the previous year there were more vulnerabilities with a high level of seriousness (i.e., about 2,000 in comparison to almost 1,800). At the same time, the HPI database for IT attack analysis (hpi-vdb.de) registered approximately 7,000 new software products and 400 new manufacturers in the course of 2015. More than 73,100 pieces of information on vulnerabilities are stored, which report on nearly 180,000 affected software programs from at least 15,500 manufacturers.