Secunia: Skype, Java, QuickTime, PDF patches oh my; It's been an ugly 24 hours for Windows users

Summary:The last 24 hours has been a patch barrage with Sun, Adobe, Apple and Skype all issuing patches. But what's notable is how these patches affect Windows users.

The last 24 hours has been a patch barrage with Sun, Adobe, Apple and Skype all issuing patches. But what's notable is how these patches affect Windows users.

According to statistics compiled via Secunia's PSI application the number of users that need to get patching is staggering. And these patches aren't a big deal individually. Collectively, however, the message from the patch fest on Wednesday is clear: You can't do basic surfing without these patches.

Some stats (with links to the patches or blog posts detailing the issue):

Currently, the Secunia PSI has been installed on 282,726 computers.

Unique installations, counting each application only once per. computer:

Adobe Reader 8.x    172,653    61.07% of all computers affected Apple QT 7.x         133,169    47.10% of all computers affected Sun Java 1.5.x    98,618    34.88% of all computers affected Skype 3.x (upgrade required for patch)    57,496    20.34% of all computers affected

Bottom line: Secunia reckons that 81 percent of all computers connected to the Internet need to install at least one of these security updates.

Topics: Social Enterprise, Collaboration, CXO, Hardware, Open Source, Windows

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Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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