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Microsoft Windows Attack Surface Analyzer

The, as always great, Petri Insider Newsletter by pointed me to the Microsoft Windows Attack Surface Analyzer.
Attack Surface Analyzer is developed by Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Security group. It is the same tool used by Microsoft's internal product groups to catalogue changes made to operating system attack surface by the installation of new software. Attack Surface Analyzer takes a snapshot of your system state before and after the installation of product(s) and displays the changes to a number of key elements of the Windows attack surface. This tool allows:
  • Developers to view changes in the attack surface resulting from the introduction of their code on to the Windows platform
  • IT Professionals to assess the aggregate Attack Surface change by the installation of an organization's line of business applications
  • IT Security Auditors evaluate the risk of a particular piece of software installed on the Windows platform during threat risk reviews
  • IT Security Incident Responders to gain a better understanding of the state of a systems security during investigations (if a baseline scan was taken of the system during the deployment phase)
The 64 bit Attack Surface Analyzer is available for: Linux, Mac OS X and Windows 10 is available.

Running the system scan

Microsoft Attack Surface Analyzer Collecting Data

Reporting after installation

When you start the program after installation and run the Attack Surface Analyzer, the reporting gives you a html page containing information about:
Attack Surface Report:
Table Of Contents
  • System Information
    • Running Processes
    • Executable Memory Pages
    • Windows
    • Security Event Log
    • Kernel Objects
    • Window Stations
    • Desktops
    • Modules
  • Network Information
    • Network Ports
    • Named Pipes
Attack Surface Analyzer Attack Surface Report


You can download the Attack Surface Analyzer and the extensive documentation of the Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 10 version can be found here.
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