Microsoft recently released a new version of its Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA), which is developed for Microsoft by Shavlik Technologies. New features in MBSA 1.1 include Exchange and Windows Media Player security update detection, full HFNetChk v3.81 support in the MBSA command line interface, support for Software Update Services (SUS) during security update scans, compatibility with SMS 2.0 Software Update Services Feature Pack, and detection for multiple SQL Server instances. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

A spokesperson for Microsoft said, "Version 1.1 is the second release of MBSA and includes a graphical and command line interface that can perform local or remote scans of Windows systems. MBSA runs on Windows 2000 and Windows XP systems and will scan for common system misconfigurations in the following products: Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Internet Information Server (IIS) 4.0 and 5.0, SQL Server 7.0 and 2000, Internet Explorer (IE) 5.01 and later, and Office 2000 and 2002. MBSA will also scan for missing security updates for the following products: Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, IIS 4.0 and 5.0, SQL Server 7.0 and 2000, IE 5.01 and later, Exchange 5.5 and 2000, and Windows Media Player 6.4 and later."

For more information about MBSA 1.1, including system requirements and a link to download the tool, visit the company's TechNet Web site. For more information about the new features and bug fixes in MBSA 1.1, read the company's support article.