According to a report released by a popular security firm says that almost nine-out-of-ten critical vulnerabilities affecting Windows could be mitigated by removing the admin rights. The report takes an in-depth look at the vulnerabilities affecting Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Windows Server and more.
LogBook : Critical Vulnerabilities Affecting Windows Could Be Avoided By Removing Admin Rights
The report, released on Thursday by security firm Avecto said that about 86% of critical vulnerabilities affecting Windows operating system could’ve been stopped at the gate, and prevented from spreading deep into system files by removing admin rights.
Windows admin rights are special privileges given to administrator accounts, which is common among consumer and home PCs.
So Administrator accounts can give users access to everything on the computer. And same privileges to malware that strike on your computer. That means malware or hackers can modify core Windows files, and steal or destroy data.
This is the reason why many companies provide Windows machines with a lower, limited level of access, which reduces the spread of malware or access for hackers.
The report says that in 2015, 433 vulnerabilities were reported across Windows Vista,
Windows 7, Windows RT, Windows 8 / 8.1 and Windows 10 operating systems compared to 300 in 2014.
The report also takes an in-depth look at the vulnerabilities affecting Internet Explorer, Office, Windows Server and more.
In 2015, a total of 238 vulnerabilities were reported that affected Internet Explorer. And 99.5% of these IE vulnerabilities could be mitigated by the removal of user
admin rights. Notably, 100% of the vulnerabilities reported in Edge would be mitigated by removing admin rights.
And also 82% of all vulnerabilities affecting Microsoft Office in 2015 could be mitigated by removing admin rights.
429 vulnerabilities were reported in Microsoft Security Bulletins affecting Microsoft Windows Server in 2015, Of the 240 vulnerabilities with a Critical rating in 2015, 85% were found to be mitigated by the removal of admin rights.
According to the repport about 63% of all Microsoft vulnerabilities reported in 2015 could be mitigated by removing admin right
Avecto said there has been a 52% year on year rise in the volume of vulnerabilities since 2014.