The Microsoft Vulnerabilities Report 2019 analyzes the data from security bulletins issued by Microsoft throughout 2018. On the second Tuesday of every month, commonly referred to as “Patch Tuesday,” Microsoft releases fixes
for any vulnerabilities affecting Microsoft products. This report compiles these releases into a year-long overview, providing a more holistic view of whether vulnerabilities are increasing, and how many Microsoft vulnerabilities
could be mitigated if admin rights were secured across organizations.
As the 2019 Microsoft Vulnerabilities report is the sixth annual edition, it includes a trend comparison based on several years of data. This analysis provides a better understanding of how vulnerabilities are growing, and in which specific products. Microsoft vulnerabilities continued to rise in 2018, with a total of 700 vulnerabilities discovered.
And while there are 46 less Critical Vulnerabilities than in last year’s report, the findings indicate that the removal of admin rights would mitigate a higher percentage of Critical Vulnerabilities this year.
Of the 189 Critical Vulnerabilities discovered, 154 (81%) could have been prevented if administrator rights had been secured.