Google Chrome, the world’s most popular web browser, has been ranked as the most vulnerable web browser in an Atlas VPN survey released Wednesday. The VPN service provider, part of Nord Security, has reported an estimated 303 vulnerabilities this year, while a total of 3,159 cumulative vulnerabilities have been discovered in the popular web browser so far.
The figures are based on the information from the VulDB vulnerability database. The report summarizes the vulnerabilities reported in the database between January 1, 2022 and October 5, 2022. However, the investigation does not reveal the severity of the vulnerabilities; instead, it focused on the total number of vulnerabilities (including those with patches).
With 117 vulnerabilities, Mozilla’s Firefox browser is in second place.
On October 5, Microsoft Edge would have 103 vulnerabilities, which is 61% higher than the previous year. Since its release, it has had a total of 806 vulnerabilities, the report states.
Compared to other browsers, fewer vulnerabilities have been reported in Apple’s Safari browser than its rivals. According to the research, it experienced 26 vulnerabilities in the first three quarters of 2022 and 1,139 vulnerabilities in total since its debut. With more than 1 billion users lately, Safari is now the second most used browser in the world after Google Chrome.
Remarkably, only 344 vulnerabilities have been reported for the Opera browser so far in 2022.
The investigation found that Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Opera are all based on the Chromium engine, meaning that all of these browsers can be affected by Chromium vulnerabilities.
Recently, the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) issued a high-priority advisory for multiple vulnerabilities reported in the Google Chrome desktop browser. The agency has warned users about hackers remotely accessing the system and performing malicious operations.