Published by Microsoft Corp. on 22 Nov 2016
Updated22 Nov 2016
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"Scans for common system misconfigurations."Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) is an easy to use tool that helps small and medium businesses determine their security state in accordance with Microsoft security recommendations and offers specific remediation guidance. Improve your security management process by using MBSA to detect common administrative vulnerabilities and missing security updates on your computer systems.
MBSA can be installed, run on, and scan Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 or later, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows 2008 R2, with a few considerations. Although MBSA can be installed on Windows XP Home Edition and can perform a local scan, a computer running Windows XP Home Edition cannot be scanned remotely for administrative vulnerabilities. Windows XP Professional can be scanned remotely if it is joined to a domain. If it is not joined to a domain, a computer running Windows XP Professional can be scanned remotely only after the Local Security Setting is set to Classic - local users authenticate as themselves and simple file sharing is disabled.
MBSA does not run on Windows XP Embedded and Windows IA64 platforms, but remote scans against these platforms are fully supported. Windows 2000 Datacenter is not supported by MBSA because the required Windows Update Agent is not supported on this platform.
Note for Microsoft Account: MBSA does not support vulnerability assessment check for Microsoft account on Windows 8 and above.
MBSA 2.3 builds on the previous version, MBSA 2.2 and corrects minor issues reported by customers. MBSA 2.3 is supported on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.
MBSA is built on the Windows Update Agent and Microsoft Update infrastructure, ensuring consistency across Microsoft management products, including Microsoft Update (MU), Windows Server Update Services 2.0 and 3.0 (WSUS), Systems Management Server Inventory Tool for Microsoft Update (ITMU) (SMS), System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007, and Small Business Server (SBS.)
Unless specifically noted, all references to MBSA 2.0 in the MBSA TechNet pages also apply to all versions of MBSA.
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