Google and Oracle have overtaken Microsoft as the vendors with the most vulnerabilities, according to Trend Micro's Third Quarter Threat Report.
Google took the top spot, with Trend Micro speculating that it may be due to the growing popularity of the company's Chrome browser and the short cycles between product releases, which limit how much bug testing can be done. The web giant was ranked second in the previous quarter of 2011, behind Microsoft, which came first.
Oracle rose to second place for the third quarter. Trend Micro stated that it was likely that the acquisition of Sun and its Java products by Oracle in 2009 had caused the latter's code-base to become large and complicated to maintain, contributing to the rise in exploitable bugs. Oracle was ranked fifth in the previous quarter.
Microsoft dropped to third place in the third quarter.
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