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IBM software scans for security holes in Flash, Ajax

IBM offers software that lets Web sites run frequent and automatic scans of their Flash and Ajax-based apps for security holes.

IBM announced new software on Wednesday that scans Flash and Ajax-based apps for security problems.

IBM Rational AppScan can automatically scan online applications every 15 minutes to check for security defects that could lead to compromised computers and Internet attacks. Administrators can receive security alerts on their mobile devices as they occur.

The standard version of the product costs $17,550 for a one-year license. The software also supports service oriented architecture applications, IBM said.

More than half of all vulnerabilities disclosed last year were Web applications, according to IBM's X-Force Trend Report.

And Flash seems to get its share of vulnerabilities. The number of Flash vulnerabilities detected in Web applications over the last two years have increased by 300 percent compared with 2005 and 2006, according to the IBM X-Force report.

Adobe Flash Player is on more than 98 percent of Internet connected computers and is used to view 80 percent of the video on the Web, IBM said.