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

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.


source: CVEDetails via BusinessInsider

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62 Comments

1. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

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

5. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

17. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 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.

51. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Mxy has proven many times that his interpretation skill is terrible. He didn't even read the article and jump to comments just to troll as usual.

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You mean like you usually do?

25. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

26. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

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

29. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Not more than iOS though.

35. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Please tell us more about your findings agent Mulder.

37. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

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

40. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Findings* now go back to sleep.

31. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes, you would certainly know about that.

34. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

56. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Hold on, let me get the butthurt report form.

57. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

You, the king of butthurt, is in no position to talk about someone being butthurt.

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 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.

13. Subie

Posts: 2364; Member since: Aug 01, 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...

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 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

24. Subie

Posts: 2364; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

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

38. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 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.

55. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

I'm not shocked with Android being the most vulnerable mobile OS to hackers. It's an open source OS.

63. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

People think linux is more secure but it's just false. Linux is actually very vulnerable because it powers a lot of servers and are attacked quite often by the big hacker groups. Keep in mind that getting access to information from single users is not as useful as massive servers with many users. More linux vulnerabilities can translate to an android vulnerability as well. It's interesting because sometimes a linux vulnerability may not impact computers/servers but because phones use it in a different way it could be a huge problem. One of these was a vulnerability within a library used by linux that affected android devices but not so much servers. Mac OSX also has unix roots so could be part of that.

7. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 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?

11. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 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.

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 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

20. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

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

28. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

39. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 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?

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