it saves them as separate Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer reports and the only MBSA automatically saves the reports in XML files there’s no “export”. I ran the MBSA tool to get a report of what security updates are loaded on a remote computer. Now I want to print this report out, but there is nothing within the gui. Use the Task Query Baseline Security (MBSA) to identify various risks on The initial report shows the results per issue. Saving and exporting information.

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Select the button next to I accept the license agreement and click Next. MBSA displays different icons in the report score columns depending upon whether a vulnerability was found on the scanned machine.

From another perspective, the WSUS also acts like a good database of machines in scope. Running updates on your computer will fix these problems. Scans a computer for insecure configuration settings. If any of these items are marked with a red Xthen a How to correct this link will display. WaitForExit Now, very off character for me, I have added some comments in the script, but it is fairly straight forward. The screen shot below displays the window that appears after you click on the Result details link.

A yellow X is used for warning messages for example, the computer does not have the latest service pack or update rollupand a blue star is used for informational messages indicating that an update is not available to the computer because it has not been approved on the Update Services server. But of course there will be machines which cannot be scanned for whatever reason.

MBSA will download the list of latest security catalogue from Microsoft and begin the scan. It provides various key information about the environment, which can surely be used for something.

This report file is stored on the computer from which you ran the MBSA tool.

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Leave all options rwport to default and click Start Scan. Analyzing the Scan For each vulnerability, Exort provides additional details about the scan via the What was scanned link, the Result details link, and the How to correct this link. The MBS Setup window displays. The scan will result in an error if these services do not have an exception configured in the Windows Firewall. It also contains links that provide more detailed information, such as What was scannedResult Details, and How to Correct this.

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In order to perform a scan you MUST have administrator privileges. It is safe to run or save this file. The Result details window contains details about the vulnerability in this case, weak passwords. After you run a MBSA scan, the tool will provide you with specific suggestions for remediating security vulnerabilities. The more often you run the scan, the less often you will be prompted to fix something.

The 2 scripts could be fused into one, but for my purposes, where I need to run script 1 on a regular basis and script 2 on demand, this is the best way.

This script simply gets the list from WSUS and checks whether a report of each machine exists in the report store. The MBSA scan summary is organized into sections.

Say you have a number of machines, which you want to see the status of from a OS security perspective, but you are not interested in the various other MS products office, Exchange etc. A list of machines is gathered from the WSUS server and stuffed in a file.

If either of these services is unavailable or disabled, the scan results will indicate this. The How to correct this window displays the recommended solution with step-by-step instructions. Above I excluded the once I was sure would fail due to other permissionsbut some machines may be offline, some with special permissions may hide somewhere etc. For the security update checksa red exclamation mark is used when MBSA confirms that a security update is missing or a security check was unable to be performed from the scanned computer.

Select a destination for the installation and click Next. Potential problems include weak passwords, Automatic Updates that are not turned on, Firewalls that are not eexport on, or applications that need to be updated. Click the Install button to start the installation. A red X represents an item that needs to tto fixed.


Once the scan is complete, the scan results are shown in an organized exporh with several sections. Windows Checks The Windows and Desktop Applications check determines if your current configuration leaves your computer vulnerable to easy attacks. MBSA performs the following actions during a scan: If you are not msba system administrator, you should not run these scans. Each section may require you to take different actions in order to remediate any problems that have been detected. You may see an Internet Explorer — Security Warning window.

For the administrative vulnerability checksa red X is used when a critical check failed for example, a user has a blank password.

Click Scan a computer. A window will display when the installation has been successfully completed.

The screen shot below displays the window that appears after you click on the How to correct this link. A green checkmark is used when a check passes that is, no issue was found for that particular check.

Once you have reviewed the report and corrected all the reporf, rerun MBSA to check that there are no more additional vulnerabilities that exist on your ro. Visit Microsoft for a list of supported versions of Microsoft Office. Click this link to open a page with instructions for correcting the problem.

Help using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA)

Scan this list eexport any Red Xs. Edport will show the machines overall status including everything. On the left you will see a column labeled Score. Scores cannot be changed or reassigned for system configuration checks. So in order to get an overview of which machines that do not have a report, I did the following script:. If it has been a while since you last updated your computer, this will most likely be marked with a red X. Visit Microsoft for a list of supported operating systems.