February 15, 2018 • RBS

2017 sets all time high for the number of disclosed vulnerabilities, according to Risk Based Security.

RICHMOND, VA, January 26, 2018 — Risk Based Security today announced the release of the year end VulnDB QuickView report that shows 2017 broke the previous all-time record for the highest number of reported vulnerabilities. The 20,832 vulnerabilities cataloged during 2017 by Risk Based Security (VulnDB) eclipsed the total covered by MITRE’s Common Vulnerability Enumeration (CVE) and the National Vulnerability Database (NVD) by more than 7,900.

“Organizations that track and triage vulnerability patching saw no relief in 2017, as it was yet another record-breaking year for vulnerability disclosures. The increasingly difficult task of protecting digital assets has never been so critical to businesses as we continue to see a rise in compromised organizations and data breaches. If your vulnerability intelligence solution didn’t offer information on the more than 20,000 vulnerabilities disclosed in 2017, your organization is at an increased risk”, said Brian Martin, VP of Vulnerability Intelligence for Risk Based Security.

“Incredibly, we see too many companies still relying on CVE and NVD for vulnerability tracking, despite the US government funded organization falling short year after year. While some argue that the CVE/NVD solution is ‘good enough’, that simply isn’t the case. Just look at the number of web and computer hacking data breaches reported on a regular basis. In addition to a false sense of security, the ‘good enough’ mindset often leads some to believe that the important vulnerabilities are covered, and that isn’t the case either”, added Martin

In fact, the 7,900 vulnerabilities published by VulnDB in 2017 that are not found in CVE/NVD, impact prevalent products that are used in all sizes of organizations. While the number of CVE assignments continue to rise, the actual coverage still lags behind. Of the more than 18,000 CVE IDs that were assigned or allotted to CVE Numbering Authorities (CNAs), almost seven thousand were in RESERVED status despite 1,342 of them having a public disclosure. This seems to indicate that MITRE is more focused on assigning and increasing the number of IDs, and not ensuring the quality of data.

The newly released 2017 Year End VulnDB QuickView report from Risk Based Security shows that 39.3% of reported vulnerabilities received CVSS scores above 7.0. This means that not only has the number of vulnerabilities been increasing, but the CVSS scores are also trending higher over the last five years. In 2017, web-related issues accounted for over half of all vulnerabilities disclosed, 31.5% had public exploits, and 24.1% had no solution at the time of the report.

The VulnDB QuickView report also revealed that while relationships between researchers and vendors can at times appear strained, they are continuing to attempt to work together. Vulnerabilities disclosed in a coordinated fashion with vendors was relatively consistent at 44.8%, compared to 45.6% in 2016. 

“From operating systems and software installed on client and server systems to IoT and SCADA devices, vulnerabilities continue to be a major concern. Using metrics to help determine which vendors and products are putting your organization at risk needs to be a key part of your vendor risk management and procurement process.”, says Carsten Eiram, Chief Research Officer. “The ability to properly use vulnerability data to help with the decision making process is important and we have ensured this is built into our VulnDB solution.”

About the Vulnerability QuickView Report

The VulnDB QuickView report is possible through the research conducted by Risk Based Security’s VulnDB team. It is designed to provide an executive level summary of the key findings from RBS’ analysis of vulnerabilities disclosed in 2017. Contact Risk Based Security for any specific analysis of the 2017 vulnerabilities.

You can get your copy of 2017 Vulnerability QuickView report here:

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