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Secunia Pushes For Standard That Updates Consumer Apps
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Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 21 April 2009 11:59
Danish security firm asks software vendors to help build common application that handles all third-party application updates and patching

Apr 21, 2009 | 08:52 AM
By Kelly Jackson Higgins

SAN FRANCISCO -- RSA CONFERENCE 2009 -- Danish security firm Secunia is attempting to rally other software vendors to develop an industry-standard tool that automatically updates all applications on a consumer's PC.

Niels Henrik Rasmussen, CEO of Secunia, says it's time the industry built a common application that handles all third-party application updates and patching, rather than the separate, piecemeal approach used today.

Secunia points to new data from Microsoft's Security Incident Report, which revealed that 90 percent of vulnerabilities on Windows machines are in third-party applications. And many third-party application firms don't educate or alert consumers about security updates and how to install them, according to Secunia.

"I would not hesitate to say that the biggest threat to your PC probably is a program you installed yourself, simply because it is out of date and insecure," says Thomas Kristensen, CTO of Secunia, here at the RSA Conference. "Many software companies fail to properly inform their users about new security updates and how to apply them after you installed their software."   [DarkReading...]    [Comments...]
 

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