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By John E. Dunn
07 July 2009
The number of exploits being written to target specific software
vulnerabilities could be at all-time highs, new threat figures have
Fortinet's Threatscape report for June, which actually covers the period
between 21 May and 20 June, reveals that of the 108 new vulnerabilities
added to its firewall intrusion detection system in the period, 62 were
being actively exploited.
This is equivalent to a 57.4 percent exploit rate, a rise over previous
months and in line with increasing percentages and absolute numbers for
recent months. For comparison, April-May exploit rates stood at 46.4
percent, with March-April at 31.3 percent.
Of the top 10 most common vulnerabilities noted by Fortinet, two were
rated as =E2=80=98critical', the highest threat level, seven were rated as
=E2=80=98high', and one as =E2=80=98medium'. The vast majority of the vulnerabilities
target holes in desktop software rather than on servers or other types
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