January 20th, 2004, 09:48 PM
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer V1.2 Available for Download
The new version of Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer ( V 1.2) was release.
More Info and Download Link at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/tre...s/mbsahome.asp
As part of Microsoft's Strategic Technology Protection Program, and in response to direct customer need for a streamlined method of identifying common security misconfigurations, Microsoft has developed the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA).
MBSA Version 1.2 includes a graphical and command line interface that can perform local or remote scans of Windows systems. MBSA runs on Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 systems and will scan for common system misconfigurations in the following products: Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Internet Information Server (IIS), SQL Server, Internet Explorer, and Office. MBSA 1.2 will also scan for missing security updates for the following products: Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, IIS, SQL Server, IE, Exchange Server, Windows Media Player, Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC), MSXML, Microsoft Virtual Machine, Commerce Server, Content Management Server, BizTalk Server, Host Integration Server, and Office.
January 21st, 2004, 01:39 AM
The part I appreciate is scanning for security updates other than the OS, ie Office and some server apps like Exchange 2003.
I currently use v 1.1.1 in conjunction with SUS. I know M$ is working on v2.0 of SUS which will be able to push more than critical OS patches. Being able to push Office and other patches will cut down on the SMS packages.
Thanks for the link.
I just upgraded BSA and have 2 disappointments immediately.
1. I was looking forward to seeing how up to date my Office installs were. The interface for BSA looks the same – I half expected a new check box for office products. There is a scanning options link that points to MS Office Assistance and states: Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer version 1.2 can only scan for Office updates on a local machine. Office updates will not be detected in remote machine scans.
2. The second is more of an annoyance than anything. If you have an updated version of a patch BSA will report: Security updates are out of date. When you look at the details it tells you that: File version is greater than expected. I had heard from the beta testers that this would be the case, but I was hopeful that they might have touched it up a bit.
The product is a start. The product is still version 1. There is more that needs to be done in my opinion.
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January 26th, 2004, 02:32 PM
SMS with SUS is definitely the way to go. We have recently implemented this system, and man does it make for a real nice way to keep up with patch levels on systems. Make deployment of the patches much easier also.
January 26th, 2004, 02:44 PM
Originally posted here by brackenwood
The second is more of an annoyance than anything. If you have an updated version of a patch BSA will report: Security updates are out of date. When you look at the details it tells you that: File version is greater than expected. I had heard from the beta testers that this would be the case, but I was hopeful that they might have touched it up a bit.
That really bugs the heck out of me. I'm currently using v1.1.1 of the MBSA, and that has always bothered me. I do wish they would fix that but alas, don't guess it happened in this version.
The tool itself if helpful though...
May 24th, 2004, 06:52 PM
It should be noted that NOW Version 1.2 is a FORCED upgrade.
Security files for older versions will NO LONGER be kept up to date. From MS...
MBSA and SMS Users: Upgrade Now
Versions of Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer earlier than 1.2 no longer will be supported and their mssecure.xml file, which detects security updates, will not be kept current. Scans they perform will be incomplete. This also affects Systems Management Server 2.0 Software Update Services (SUS) Feature Pack and SMS 2003 because they use MBSA as their security scan engine
Got to upgrade to stay with current updated vulnerabilities. This could effect 3rd party scanners and scan engines as well. I would check.
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