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Vulnerability "Top Twenty"

Here's what invites cyber-crime, according to the experts

Here are the top 20 "Achilles Heels" in today's computers from the point of view of hackers.

According to the BBC, the list includes loopholes found in both Windows and Unix/Linux software.

1. Web servers and services

2. Work station service

3. Windows remote access services

4. Microsoft SQL server

5. Windows authentication

6. Web browsers

7. File-sharing applications


9. E-mail programs

10. Instant messaging

11. Bind domain name system

12. Web server


14.Version control systems

15. Mail transport services

16.Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)

17.Open secure sockets layer (SSL)

18.Misconfiguration of enterprise services


20. Kernel (ANI)

"It's a first things first list," explained Alan Paller, head of the Sans Institute, a non-profit group which trains and certifies computer security professionals. "It can be very helpful for people that are trying to fix their vulnerabilities," he added.

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