Microsoft unleashes Windows attack tool
Attack Surface Analyzer explains what apps do to your beautiful Windows installation
Developers, developers …. *&^%%!!# developers who break Windows!
That may well be a refrain that motivated Redmond to release a new software tool, Surface Analyzer 1.0, which explains how new apps impact Windows’ ability to repel the various varieties of naughtyware.
Microsoft explains the tool’s powers thusly:
Attack Surface Analyzer looks for classes of security weaknesses Microsoft has seen when applications are installed on the Windows operating system, and it highlights these as issues. The tool also gives an overview of changes to the system that Microsoft considers important to the security of the platform, and it highlights these changes in the attack surface report. Some of the checks performed by the tool include analysis of changed or newly added files, registry keys, services, Microsoft ActiveX controls, listening ports and other parameters that affect a computer's attack surface.
Redmond expects developers will find the new application useful to fine tune their wares before imposing new worries on real, live, end-users. IT departments are also expected to find the tool useful.
The new version of Attack Surface Analyzer is a full 1.0 release, taking the tool out of beta. You can grab it here. ®
Re: CRITICAL SECURITY ISSUE: Windows located on computer
"That's why, when I search for "Linux Security" there isn't a single result returned."
Stop using Bing !
They should have been doing this years ago
Given the complexity of the modern Windows operating system today, such a tool would have probably saved us all a lot of trouble.
Re: Of course...
Yes, but it's the same principle as Open Source - better to find the weaknesses and fix them, rather than trust that others wont find them.