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Security Vulns in Microsoft Products Continue to Increase

The number of new security vulnerabilities affecting Microsoft products increased last year compared to 2017, and has more than doubled since 2013, a new BeyondTrust report shows.

While the number of critical vulnerabilities declined based on the number for 2017, critical flaws have generally increased by 30% over the last 5 years. Remote code execution (RCE) flaws represented the largest category of vulnerabilities, just like in previous reports. One silver lining is that businesses can remove the risk resulting from the vast majority of flaws by making small changes. For example, Morey Haber of BeyondTrust says that 81% of flaws “can be mitigated just by removing administrative rights” on a Microsoft Windows machine.

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