August 27, 2020 • RBS

Categories: Reports, Security News

Today we released our 2020 Mid Year Vulnerability QuickView Report revealing that vulnerability reporting, still impacted by COVID-19, is beginning to return to normal.

Dark ReadingVulnerability Volume Poised to Overwhelm InfoSec Teams
Security MagazineNumber of vulnerabilities disclosed in the first half of 2020 decreased by 8.2%

Our VulnDB® team aggregated 11,121 vulnerabilities disclosed during the first half of 2020, and as the year progresses the total is expected to exceed that of last year. Out of 11,121 vulnerabilities aggregated during the mid year, 818 were the result of the Vulnerability Fujiwhara Effect.

“We knew that these events would undoubtedly become a significant strain for IT staff and Vulnerability Managers. Compared to other Patch Tuesdays this year, the highest reported ‘only’ 273 new vulnerabilities.

However, during April’s Fujiwhara event we saw 506 new vulnerabilities reported, 79% of which came from seven vendors. Unfortunately for all of us, this is likely what we can expect to occur more frequently in the future.

The sheer volume makes one wonder who actually benefits from this all-at-once disclosure of vulnerabilities. Certainly not the paying customers.”

Brian Martin, Vice President of Vulnerability Intelligence, RBS

The report goes further into the details of the disclosure landscape by listing and breaking down the vendors and products with the highest vulnerability counts. Most notable is Microsoft, which has seen a 150% increase in the amount of vulnerabilities disclosed during the first six months of 2020 compared to the entirety of 2019. Windows 10 was the product with the most disclosed vulnerabilities by the end of Q2.

A growing concern is that, despite the high number of Microsoft vulnerabilities and the Vulnerability Fujiwhara, 30% of all vulnerabilities disclosed during the first half of 2020 do not have CVE ID, with 3% being in RESERVED status meaning that information for those vulnerabilities is not available within the CVE/NVD database.

“Given the sheer amount of vulnerabilities disclosed, organizations relying on CVE/NVD will struggle to find timely and actionable intelligence. The bare minimum metadata found within NVD is not enough for organizations to properly prioritize and remediate.

Organizations are increasing their own risk by relying on CVE to provide complete and timely data. The current level of vulnerability disclosures organizations face on a daily basis are more than CVE can handle, and it will only get worse.”

Brian Martin, Vice President of Vulnerability Intelligence, RBS

The 2020 Mid Year Vulnerability QuickView Report covers vulnerabilities disclosed between January 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020.

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About the QuickView Report and VulnDB

The quarterly Vulnerability QuickView report is a service of VulnDB, which is the world’s most comprehensive, detailed and timely source of vulnerability intelligence and third-party library monitoring.

It provides actionable intelligence about the latest in security vulnerabilities through an easy-to-use SaaS portal, RESTful APIs, and e-mail alerting. Leveraging VulnDB is simpler than ever with our connectors to Splunk, RSA Archer, ServiceNow, GitHub, Polarity, Brinqa, Device42, Recorded Future, and more.

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