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These are the most common IT vulnerabilities

While many companies reinvented themselves digitally in 2020, cyber criminals continued to access networks through familiar IT vulnerabilities to smuggle in malware.

The security experts from Imperva show in the report “The State of Vulnerabilities in 2020” which security gaps the attackers are exploiting compared to the previous year. The report shows how the attacks change over time and what damage is caused to companies and how companies can protect their IT from this malicious access.

Cross-site scripting (XSS) was the most common vulnerability (28.03 percent) with the highest number of vulnerabilities detected, followed by SQL injections (SQLi) (15.66 percent). While XSS was the most popular entry point, SQLi was the hackers’ favorite type of attack, accounting for 44.75 percent of all attacks. In 2020, most of the security flaws in MySQL were discovered – around 132 (32.11 percent), followed by MariaDB with 126 and Oracle with 52. While 92.4 percent of the security flaws in MySQL had an unknown exploit, MariaDB only had around 9, 5 percent. Social networks are playgrounds for cyber criminals: This explains why around 75 percent of the top 20 tweets with the highest viral volume can be associated with remote code executions.

Imperva’s cybersecurity experts expect attacks from API vulnerabilities to continue to grow. SQLi and XSS entry points also remain an acute problem. In addition, more and more third-party vulnerabilities will appear in 2021. This is due to the fact that large platforms are increasingly dependent on third-party plugins, such as WordPress (58,000 plugins), Node Package Manager for JavaScript runtime environment (1.5 million plugins) or the central package pool Python Package Index (PyPI) with 280,000 plugins.

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