The security company Bit9, which has various U.S. authorities on their customer list, is now ready with this year’s “Dirty Dozen” list. It summarized the public information from the National Institute of Standards and Technology about how many weaknesses that have been reported in different applications, which also has required updates of the software so far this year.

Not surprisingly, internet browsers ranked highest on the list, and and at the top of the list, we find Google Chrome. According to the list, the browser has received 76 reported vulnerabilities from January to mid-October this year. But the high amount ov vulnerabilities, does not necessarily mean that the browser is so much worse than the other browsers on the list.

“Google Chrome is a relatively new browser and security researchers may thus be putting a lot of focus on it, discovering vulnerabilities, Svedlove says. Last year’s Dirty Dozen list, which was compiled with slightly different criteria (in 2009, Bit9 excluded the Apple Mac platform), the top vulnerable application named was Mozilla Firefox.”

Since I am Norwegian, I am obviously proud to see that the Norwegian browser Opera, is at the bottom of this not so popular list.

Here’s the rest of the list, with the number of reported vulnerabilities in parentheses:

1. Google Chrome (76)
2. Apple Safari (60)
3. Microsoft Office (57)
4. Adobe Acrobat (54)
5. Mozilla Firefox (51)
6. Sun JDK (36)
7. Adobe Shockwave Player (35)
8. Microsoft Internet Explorer (32)
9. RealNetworks RealPlayer (14)
10. Apple Webkit (9)
11. Adobe Flash Player (8)
12. Apple Quicktime and Opera (6) (tie)

(via Computerworld)