Microsoft Attack Surface Analyzer – Test Software Vulnerabilities

Outsmart Malicious Hackers


Attack Surface Analyzer is developed by the Security Engineering group, building on the work of our Security Science team. 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 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)

System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7;Windows Server 2008;Windows Vista

Collection of Attack Surface data: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 R1 or Windows Server 2008 R2

Analysis of Attack Surface data and report generation: Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 with Microsoft .Net 3.5 SP1

You can download Attack Surface Analyzer here:

64-bitAttack_Surface_Analyzer_BETA_x64.msi
32-bitAttack_Surface_Analyzer_BETA_x86.msi

Or read more here.

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One Response to Microsoft Attack Surface Analyzer – Test Software Vulnerabilities

  1. jors April 13, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    You can do something similar with some sandbox software (in instance, Sanboxie), even if this kind of software is not focused on security.