JSI Tip 5154. The Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) tool.

Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 320454 contains the following summary:

This article contains information about the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer tool (MBSA). This tool centrally scans Windows-based computers for common security misconfigurations and generates individual security reports for each computer that it scans. MBSA runs on computers that run Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000, and Windows XP. MBSA can scan for security vulnerabilities on computers that run Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003. MBSA scans for common security misconfigurations in Windows, Internet Information Services (IIS), SQL Server, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Office. MBSA also scans for missing security updates in Windows, IIS, SQL Server, Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, Exchange Server, Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC), Microsoft XML (MSXML), Microsoft virtual machine (VM), Content Management Server, Commerce Server, BizTalk Server, Host Integration Server, and Office (local scans only). A graphical user interface (GUI) and command-line interface are available in version 1.2.1.

MBSA version 1.1 replaced the stand-alone HFNetChk tool and fully exposes all HFNetChk switches in the MBSA command-line interface (Mbsacli.exe). For additional information about MBSA, visit the following Microsoft Web site:


Download Information

English, French, German, and Japanese versions of MBSA are available from the Microsoft Download Center. Visit the following the MBSA Web page for direct links to download these versions:


For additional information about how to download Microsoft Support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

119591 How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services

Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help to prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.

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