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Microsoft's Windows 8 platform has been tagged by security research firm Secunia as having the most vulnerabilities of any Windows platform on the market. As you can see in the chart above, it's quite clear that, according to their research, that Windows 8 had more vulnerabilities than previous versions of Windows that are currently supported by Microsoft for 2013.

If you are wondering why Windows 8 tops the charts, even though Microsoft touts the platform as more secure than its predecessors, the answer is quite simple; Flash. Because Flash is now baked into the modern instance of IE, any Flash vulnerability can now be tied into Windows 8 as well.
 

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More reasons to hate Flash!
 

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Known about this for a while now, yet another reason we don't use Win 8 on corporate machines
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Soooo... How about if you're an actual human with a working brain and removed IE from W8?
 

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Soooo... How about if you're an actual human with a working brain and removed IE from W8?
You can do that?
 

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You can do that?
Right click the start button (or winkey + x).
Program and Features
Turn Windows Features on or off
Uncheck the box for Internet Explorer 11.
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Microsoft is dying.
They're not dying. This is just exposing the risks of having flash integrated into IE. Most people using IE would have flash installed anyways, so Windows 7 systems would be just as vulnerable.
 

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Rereading that again:

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Because Flash is now baked into the modern instance of IE, any Flash vulnerability can now be tied into Windows 8 as well.
So are they talking about the Metro version? If so, unless they managed to discover vulnerabilities in the Metro environment itself (it basically runs Metro apps in a sandbox), vulnerabilities in Metro IE doesn't mean anything. Except of course for any private information you might have on it.
 

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This is interesting, but don't like 90%+ of PC users have flash installed already anyway?

So if those extra vulnerabilities are from flash, pretty much all versions of Windows are affected anyway (and, notably, older versions of IE don't sandbox flash at all). I'd like to see a breakdown of the flash specific numbers if they're going to blame flash for a majority...
 

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Yeah but what about people at home who gets their brand new PCs, you know the first thing they do is bring up either Internet Explorer or Chrome or Firefox and then go to youtube.com and then have to install Flash. Come on, this is just funny....
 

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All aboard the Windows 8 hate train!
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I would like to see that chart assuming other versions of Windows had bundled Flash....
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Other windows versions you could update flash, this version you have to receive it generally on update tuesday
 

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Something is wrong with the math in that chart. If built-in flash is responsible for 55 vulnerabilities in the OS. Then shouldn't the Third-Party Vulnerabilities be lower by 55? Making the total roughly the same for each version. It seems to me that they are counting the same vulnerabilities twice for Win8.
 

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Other windows versions you could update flash, this version you have to receive it generally on update tuesday
The article cites the reason for their being unsecure as Flash. I would like to see stats controlling for the presence of Flash and removing it from the equation. That is, I'd like to see Windows 8 vs all others without Flash exploits counted.
 
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