As part of the overhaul of its patch management tools, Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday released the next version of a tool that detects bad configurations that could leave users open to security vulnerabilities.

The Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) 1.2 includes support for a number of new Microsoft products, including Exchange 2003 and the past three versions of BizTalk Server. The 1.2 version also is available in three additional languages, French, German and Japanese.

MBSA 1.2 includes support for Office 2000, XP and 2003, however, users can only scan the machine where the MBSA software is running. Remote scans of Office are not supported.

MBSA allows users to scan one or more Windows-based computers to ensure they are up-to-date with the latest security patches. The software checks the operating system and other components, including Internet Information Server and SQL Server.

The additional components and servers supported in MBSA 1.2 include BizTalk Server 2000, 2002, and 2004; Commerce Server 2000 and 2002; Content Management Server 2001 and 2002; Host Integration Server 2000 and 2004; SNA Server 4.0; Microsoft Virtual Machine; and Microsoft XML 2.5, 2.6, 3.0, 4.0. MSXML is an XML processing engine that works with Internet Explorer.

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