Posted 04 August 2012 - 06:57 PM
Microsoft releases the full version of its Attack Surface Analyzer tool
Now available for download from the Microsoft Developer Network
By Lee Bell
Fri Aug 03 2012, 14:59
SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing (TWC) unit released the full version of its Attack Surface Analyzer today.
The Attack Surface Analyzer 1.0 release comes at the end of the tool's beta phase, and is now available for download from Microsoft's developer network.
The tool is a service that that looks for security weaknesses Microsoft has seen when applications are installed on the Windows operating system. It then highlights these as issues and explains how applications affect Windows' ability to repel malicious software.
"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," wrote a TwC representative in a blog post.
Microsoft said the release also includes performance enhancements and bug fixes to improve the user experience.
"Through improvements in the code, we were able to reduce the number of false positives and improve Graphic User Interface performance," Microsoft said. "This release also includes in-depth documentation and guidance to improve ease of use."
As well as helping IT departments, the tool is also designed to help application developers ensure that their products don't weaken Windows computers' cyber defences.
The Attack Surface Analyzer is one of many tools created and used by Microsoft. The company has reported that since being made available to other developers the tools have been downloaded a million times over. µ
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rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who
would do them harm. ~~ Orson Wells
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