Microsoft's security patches year in review: A malware researcher's perspective

01 Dec 2009

Help Net Security, By Josh Phillips

It's no secret that Microsoft has had the lion's share of security vulnerabilities. Its success as a company has made it the most obvious and profitable target for malware authors for nearly twenty years now. While it is true that we are seeing malware authors begin to attack other pieces of software, to the tune of up to 84%, according to Microsoft's Security Intelligence Report v7, the fact remains that because of its ubiquity, the Windows operating system will continue to be the number one target for bad guys for a number of years to come. A Microsoft representative from the Netherlands has even gone on record saying Microsoft does not want malware on other operating systems, because that would then mean that the competitor is successful.