Top computer security vulnerabilities‏


When your computer is connected to an unsecured network, your software security could be compromised without certain protocols in place. Forgetting updates, product weakness and unresolved developer issues leave your clients wide open to computer security vulnerabilities. Here is a list of several types of vulnerabilities that compromise the ‏integrity, availability, and confidentiality‏ of your clients’ products.‏


Critical errors in your clients’ computer software can leave data in the entire network vulnerable to a number of malicious threats, including:‏


Malware‏


Phishing‏


Proxies‏


Spyware‏


Adware‏


Botnets‏


Spam‏


Cyber attackers, hackers and malware can take over your clients’ software, disable it and steal data. How does this happen?‏








Common computer security vulnerabilities‏

Your clients’ software connects outsiders on their networks to the inner workings of the operating system. Every time a user opens a program on the operating system without restrictions or limited access, the user potentially invites attackers to cross over and rewrite the codes that keep information protected.‏

The Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) identified the ‏Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Errors‏. While the list remains comprehensive, there are many other threats that leave software vulnerable to attack.‏

The most common software security vulnerabilities include:‏

Missing data encryption‏

OS command injection‏

SQL injection‏

Buffer overflow‏

Missing authentication for critical function‏

Missing authorization‏

Unrestricted upload of dangerous file types‏

Reliance on untrusted inputs in a security decision‏

Cross-site scripting and forgery‏

Download of codes without integrity checks‏

Use of broken algorithms‏

URL redirection to untrusted sites‏

Path traversal‏

Bugs‏

Weak passwords‏

Software that is already infected with virus‏

The list grows larger every year as new ways to steal and corrupt data are discovered.‏




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