Title: Comparing security vulnerability by operating system environment

Authors: Dongkyun Seo; Kyungho Lee

Addresses: Center for Information Security Technologies, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea ' Center for Information Security Technologies, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea

Abstract: Windows platforms such as Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8 have various security vulnerabilities. Windows has 90% market share and is targeted for hackers. Thus, financial incident or system failure can be caused by hackers. To prevent these incidents, it is necessary to grasp and understand the area of high vulnerability in Windows platform to prevent these incidents. We researched and analysed vulnerabilities with Windows platforms and compared with the analysed result in terms of the difference in user privilege, Windows operating system and version of Internet Explorer. We found vulnerabilities that occurred only in specific Windows product or version of Internet Explorer. Through analysed vulnerability scanning result, we compared the differences between in each environment. The vulnerability incident frequency was found based on user privilege, OS platforms, and Internet Explorer versions. In this paper, we propose the way to make an essential and secure computing configuration of Windows.

Keywords: Windows vulnerability; Active Directory; Configuration Manager; Nessus Vulnerability Scanner; Windows user privilege; Internet Explorer vulnerability; security vulnerability; operating systems; Windows platforms.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSTM.2017.081884

International Journal of Services Technology and Management, 2017 Vol.23 No.1/2, pp.154 - 164

Received: 11 Mar 2015
Accepted: 31 Mar 2016

Published online: 24 Jan 2017 *

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