Google Chrome is the browser that most reported vulnerabilities in 2022, with more than 300 bugs recorded from January to October this year.
This is one of the conclusions Atlas VPN reached in a recent study, which used information provided by the VulDB vulnerability database.
By focusing on the total number of security flaws (including those with patches) rather than the severity of those bugs, this report concludes that Google Chrome is the browser most users use.
This may also be the reason why it not only emerged as the browser with the most vulnerabilities this year, when it reached a total of 303, but also in its entire history, because it also leads this list with an accumulated 3,159 vulnerabilities.
The study also looks at some of the latest security vulnerabilities in Google Chrome, including CVE-2022-3318, CVE-2022-3314, CVE-2022-331, CVE-2022-3309, and CVE-2022-3307.
In this sense, it should be noted that all these vulnerabilities can cause damage to the system and loss of information, and can be eliminated by updating the browser to version 106.0.5249.61.
Google Chrome is followed by Mozilla Firefox, which between January 1 and October 5, 2022, scored a total of 117 vulnerabilities, and Microsoft Edge followed with 103.
According to data collected by Atlas VPN, this latest browser has recorded up to 61% more errors than all of 2021, an “exceptionally high number” for a browser that, since its launch, has only had 806 vulnerabilities.
On the other hand, the browser developed by Apple, Safari, recorded the lowest numbers in years in 2022, despite the number of its users having recently surpassed a billion.
Thus, this browser, the second most in the world, has documented 26 vulnerabilities in the first three quarters of this year and 1,139 since its launch in 2003.
On the other hand, Opera has not seen its security compromised this year, as Atlas VPN has set the number of vulnerabilities recorded from January to October to zero. Also, during her active life, she has only accumulated 344 weaknesses.
From Atlas VPN, they remind you that despite the difference in the data recorded between these browsers, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Opera are based on the open source version of Chromium. Because of this, they can all experience the same faults.
To keep devices safe, they recommend that this cybersecurity company keep your browser up to date, to access the various security patches released as a result of the detection of these vulnerabilities.
You should also be careful when choosing browser add-ons. These must be reputable sellers and must also be up to date.
Atlas VPN also warns of the importance of being aware of phishing attacks and advises against opening emails or messages from unknown senders or opening attachments from unsafe sources.