Google takes out Q3 vulnerability pole position

Speed of Chrome's development probably has something to do with it.

Google replaced Microsoft in the three months to September as the vendor with the most vulnerabilities in its software, according to security vendor Trend Micro.

The primary driver of its rising flaw count, which helped deliver 82 vulnerabilities in three months for Google, was Chrome.

Nearly half of these were patched in a single release in September, when it paid out over $14,000 in bug bounty fees to researchers.

The security vendor notes in its Q3 Threat Round Up that none of Google's software flaws were as serious as those affecting Microsoft's products, while the speed of Chrome's development probably helped drive up its count.

Still, Google reported 17 more vulnerabilities compared with the previous quarter.

Oracle, which has its own database and enterprise platforms to patch plus Sun's old Java to update, had 63 reported flaws while Microsoft had 58 -- down from 96 the previous quarter.

Apple was in fourth place with 49 reported vulnerabilities in the past three months after not appearing in the top 10 list the previous quarter, while Adobe, whose products are one of the most targeted by hackers, had 43.

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