Google Chrome is the most vulnerable web browser in the world, according to a survey
Google Chrome, the world’s most popular web browser, was ranked as the most vulnerable web browser in an Atlas VPN survey released Wednesday. The VPN service provider, which is part of Nord Security, estimated 303 reported vulnerabilities this year, while a cumulative total of 3,159 vulnerabilities to date have been discovered in the popular web browser.
Figures are based on information from the VulDB vulnerability database. The report summarizes the vulnerabilities reported in the database between January 1, 2022 and October 5, 2022. However, the research does not reveal the severity of the vulnerabilities; instead, it focused on the total number of vulnerabilities (including those with patches).
Mozilla’s Firefox browser ranks second with 117 vulnerabilities.
As of October 5, Microsoft Edge reportedly had 103 vulnerabilities, which is 61% more than the previous year. Since its release, it has had 806 total vulnerabilities, the report says.
Compared to other browsers, fewer vulnerabilities have been reported in Apple’s Safari browser than its rivals. According to the research, it experienced 26 vulnerabilities in the first three quarters of 2022 and 1,139 vulnerabilities in total since its debut. With over a billion users lately, Safari is now the second most used browser in the world after Google Chrome.
Remarkably, only 344 vulnerabilities have been reported for the Opera browser so far in 2022.
The investigation noted that Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Opera are all based on the Chromium engine, implying that all of these browsers may be affected by Chromium vulnerabilities.
Recently, Computer Emergency Response Team India (CERT-IN) issued a high severity rating against several reported vulnerabilities in the Google Chrome desktop browser. The agency warned users against remote hackers accessing the system and performing malicious operations.