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.