IMPORTANT: M$ Windows (Critical) Security Updates

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  1. Smokey

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    IMPORTANT!!!!!

    Concerns Windows 2000 and Windows XP Home & Pro Systems.

    The problem:

    Using the Windows Update function, it happens very often that the Update Function don't find available essential updates, service packs and critical security updates.

    The solution:

    install the Moicrosoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA).

    The MBSA finds them all, and find other vulnerabilities on mentioned systems.

    Some explanation about the MBSA:

    "As part of Microsoft's Strategic Technology Protection Program, and in response to direct customer need for a streamlined method of identifying common security misconfigurations, Microsoft has developed the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA).

    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.

    MBSA uses the HFNetChk tool technology to scan for missing security updates and service packs for Windows, IE, IIS, SQL, Exchange, and Windows Media Player. MBSA will create and store individual XML security reports for each computer scanned and will display the reports in the graphical user interface in HTML".

    More info about the MBSA and download at: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/TechNet/Security/tools/tools/MBSAHome.asp


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