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Microsoft® Windows® Security Resource Kit, Second Edition by The Microsoft Security Team, Brian Komar, Ben Smith

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Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

The Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) is a tool that can determine which critical updates are installed on a target computer, as well as which security updates are required. MBSA enables you to analyze the current computer, a remote computer, a specified list of computers, a range of IP addresses, or all computers in a designated domain. The tool scans computers for an update status based on a downloaded XML catalog file and reports the status in output files or to the screen.

MBSA allows scanning for common security misconfiguration errors on target computers. MBSA reports only on the current status of the computer and does not provide you with any distribution functionality. After a computer is ...

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