Q1 2019 Smashes Record For Most Reported Vulnerabilities in a Quarter

Q1 2019 Smashes Record For Most Reported Vulnerabilities in a Quarter
Once again, a high-proportion of the reported flaws have no current fix, according to Risk Based Security.

More security vulnerabilities were publicly disclosed in the first quarter of this year than in any previous three-month period.


Troublingly, nearly four-in-10 (38.2%) of them currently have no known fixes, according to Risk Based Security, which recently analyzed vulnerability data for the firts quarter of 2019 collected from its own proprietary search engine and from various security vulnerability-reporting sites.


The analysis showed a total of 5,501 vulnerabilities were disclosed via coordinated and uncoordinated disclosures during the first three months of this year. Nearly 38% of the vulnerabilities currently have publicly available exploits.


The total number vulnerabilities in Q1 2019 was about 1% higher than the 5,375 recorded in the same period last year, and is the highest ever in a quarter since Risk Based Security began conducting these studies. Web-related vulnerabilities as usual accounted for most (56.8%) of the reported vulnerabilities last quarter—an almost 10% increase from Q1 of 2018.


"Vulnerability disclosures continue to rise, and will continue to rise every year," says Brian Martin, vice president of vulnerability intelligence at Risk Based Security. The trend highlights the need for organizations to have vulnerability mitigation plans and processes that go beyond just patching, he says.


"With some days seeing hundreds of disclosures, IT simply cannot patch all the vulnerabilities right away," Martin notes. They need to triage that process and prioritize the high-impact vulnerabilities using more than just the risk rating provided by vendors and others. "They need to make more informed decisions based on their own deployment, availability of exploits, and more," he notes.


Product Integrity


Sixty-three percent of the security vulnerabilities disclosed last quarter affected product integrity. Bugs that fall into this category include th ..