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In 2016, Android was more vulnerable to hackers than iOS was

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In 2016, Android was more vulnerable to hackers than iOS was
Among the mobile and desktop operating systems ringing up the 50 most vulnerabilities last year, Android was on top with 523 such flaws. In comparison, iOS was number 15 with 161 such issues. That was a reversal from 2015. That year, it was iOS that had the most vulnerabilities between the two with 387 compared to 125 for Android. Overall, iOS had the second most vulnerabilities in 2015 while Android ranked 15th.

The numbers, based on data compiled by CVE Details mean that last year the odds favored that Android powered devices would be hacked more than any other mobile iOS. A vulnerability is a flaw in the OS that a hacker could use to make a device (like a smartphone) do things that it is not supposed to do. That would include release information to hackers such as contacts, text messages, calls, IMEI numbers, passwords, access to apps and more.

Also in the top 50 last year was Apple's watchOS, used on the Apple Watch. The smartwatch's operating system ranked number 35 with 77 vulnerabilities.

Android had the most vulnerabilities among operating systems last year

Android had the most vulnerabilities among operating systems last year


source: CVEDetails via BusinessInsider

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posted on 08 Jan 2017, 18:33 1

1. BradyCrack (Posts: 770; Member since: 29 Dec 2015)


This is going to trigger a lot of people PA. ARE YOU READY ALAN!?

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 19:07 20

5. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2256; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Meh, the only thing surprising here is that according to this, Mac OS X is more vulnerable compared to Windows 10.

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 19:13 7

7. Klinton (Posts: 696; Member since: 24 Oct 2016)


Strangely , all the years so far Android was much more secure that iOS , in everything, but just silance or manipulations from the media - and now once iOS is more secure in something .....and we have article. LOL
BTW bet on, that this research, doesn't concern Samsung devices.....but why should be that written in the article ?? Right?

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 19:24 4

8. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15404; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You know someone is in denial of the truth when they try to change the subject.

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 19:35 5

10. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1893; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


It was just a matter of time. Mac's air of invincibility was due to the more secure RISC PowerPC chips. When they switched to Intel's CISC chips, they got better and faster but they also brought Intel's x86-based back door with them. Meanwhile, Microsoft worked very hard to make Windows more secure while Apple rested on its iPhone laurels. They fell asleep at the wheel, plain and simple. Given their +/- 5% share, it was probably a bean counter decision to not approve funds for more research into securing the OS at the hardware level. Live and learn.

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 19:37 3

11. kiko007 (Posts: 3927; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


"Strangely , all the years so far Android was much more secure that iOS , in everything, but just silance or manipulations from the media - and now once iOS is more secure in something .....and we have article."

Boy, I'd sure LOVE some sources for such a claim. Alas, not gonna happen...

"LOL
BTW bet on, that this research, doesn't concern Samsung devices....."

What OS does Samsung place on their devices again?

"but why should be that written in the article ?? Right?"

(°>°)......Not sure if serious, or stupid AF.

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 19:37 3

12. ibend (Posts: 5741; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


moar traffic = moar profit
:D

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 19:43 1

13. Subie (Posts: 1151; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


I went to the source page from CVEDeatails linked above and what was more interesting was that Mac OS X was at the very top of the chart for 2015. I wouldn't have guessed that even if there was money on the line...

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 19:46 3

15. ibend (Posts: 5741; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


and iOS get 2nd place... with 3 times number of vulnerabilities compared to android...
http://www.cvedetails.com/top-50-products.php?year=2015
I guess, iOS 2016 didnt have that much vulnerabilities because it only have tiny extra features compared to iOS 2015, lol

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 19:48 3

16. ibend (Posts: 5741; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


need some source for that claim?
you can just visit the source of this article, lol...
http://www.cvedetails.com/top-50-products.php?year=2015

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 19:50 19

17. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2256; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I'm not denying that Android is very vulnerable, did you even read my comment?

Once again...
My point.

72 lightyears.

Your tiny head.

Not that I expect much from a kid trying to have a conversation with adults though.

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 19:51 5

18. Klinton (Posts: 696; Member since: 24 Oct 2016)


iGnorant
Google is your friend. It has happened. Sorry.

And Samsung is not stock Android.

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 19:59 7

19. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 11679; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


You mean like you usually do?

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 20:00 1

20. kiko007 (Posts: 3927; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


That's all you have? Seriously? He said YEARS.....plural. I'ma need a little more than that fam'.

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 20:03 2

21. kiko007 (Posts: 3927; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


"iGnorant"

Classy.....

"Google is your friend. It has happened. Sorry."

That moment when you realize the guy you're conversing with is a complete idiot.....

"And Samsung is not stock Android."

No s**t Sherlock. Where's Watson? He'll want to here your brilliant deduction!/s

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 20:13 2

24. Subie (Posts: 1151; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


Yup, it shows how fast things can change. Who knows what 2017 will hold...

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 20:13 3

25. Klinton (Posts: 696; Member since: 24 Oct 2016)


Android has been always more secure that iOS and in some gap(before security update perhaps ) happened iOS to be with less issues......and voila.....we have article!LOL

BTW this research doesn't concern Samsung phones. For 2016 Samsung was rewarded even. And approved for use in highest secret-level authorities in US.

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 20:15 2

26. azimesmail (Posts: 204; Member since: 23 Nov 2014)


That doesn't say much considering the US was recently hacked in a big way lol.

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 20:19 3

27. Klinton (Posts: 696; Member since: 24 Oct 2016)


http://venturebeat.com/2015/12/31/software-with-the-most-vulnerabilities-in-2015-mac-os-x-ios-and-flash/
And about Samsung:
http://www.informationweek.com/mobile/mobile-devices/samsung-knox-security-beats-ios-android-gartner-finds/d/d-id/1325145

Happy?

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 20:50 1

28. Klinton (Posts: 696; Member since: 24 Oct 2016)


Yess ALL the years, ignorant.
Go search yourself.
The bashing is because ppl with Android can side-download freely.
Not because of the OS.

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 20:53

29. Klinton (Posts: 696; Member since: 24 Oct 2016)


Not more than iOS though.

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 21:31 2

31. tedkord (Posts: 12857; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Yes, you would certainly know about that.

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 21:48 3

33. ibend (Posts: 5741; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


did I need to put all the link? here when you can simply klick the years in that link?
what a spoiled toddler :-/
here you go..
http://www.cvedetails.com/top-50-products.php?year=2015
http://www.cvedetails.com/top-50-products.php?year=2014
http://www.cvedetails.com/top-50-products.php?year=2013
http://www.cvedetails.com/top-50-products.php?year=2012
http://www.cvedetails.com/top-50-products.php?year=2011
http://www.cvedetails.com/top-50-products.php?year=2010
and so on

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 22:00 1

34. Klinton (Posts: 696; Member since: 24 Oct 2016)


No. You know ? LOL
What I know is:
http://www.informationweek.com/mobile/mobile-devices/samsung-knox-security-beats-ios-android-gartner-finds/d/d-id/1325145

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 22:50 1

35. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 1250; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


Please tell us more about your findings agent Mulder.

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 23:58 2

37. trojan_horse (Posts: 2710; Member since: 06 May 2016)


Shouldn't you begin by telling us more about your own fidings, agent Luffy?

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 00:04 2

38. Leo_MC (Posts: 2003; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


I have been comparing data from the last year and I've seen that even in 2015 iOS had less critical vulnerabilities than Android.

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 00:11 2

39. Leo_MC (Posts: 2003; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


2015: iOS had 32 red vulnerabilities, Android had 88.
What about that?
Would you like to have backdoors to the system or you would rather have problems with a button's position?

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 00:18 1

40. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 1250; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


Findings* now go back to sleep.

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 00:38 3

43. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3511; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


2015: iOS had 63 vulnerabilities that could gain hackers information from your device, Android had 19.
What was that about backdoors again?

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