Overview

Introduction

Welcome to the Assess Network Vulnerabilities and Threats using MBSA Practice Lab. In this module, you will be provided with the instructions and devices needed to develop your hands-on skills.

Learning Outcomes

In this module, you will complete the following exercises:

  • Exercise 1 - Running MBSA to Detect System Vulnerabilities

After completing this lab, you will be able to:

  • Install MBSA
  • Run MBSA to scan computers and discover potential vulnerabilities
  • Verify Internet connection is on
  • Run MBSA from the command line on computers to discover potential vulnerabilities

Exam Objectives

The following exam objectives are covered in this lab:

  • N10-007 2.3: Explain the purposes and use cases for advanced networking devices (AAA/RADIUS server)
  • N10-007 4.2: Explain authentication and access controls (Authorization, authentication and accounting, RADIUS)

Lab Duration

It will take approximately 1 hour to complete this lab.

Exercise 1 - Running MBSA to Detect System Vulnerabilities

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) is a free security assessment tool. MBSA scans the target computer to analyze the missing updates for Windows OS and its software components. Examples of such components include Internet Explorer (IE), Internet Information Service (IIS), Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC), MSXML (Microsoft XML Parser), .NET Framework, SQL Server and more. MBSA checks the updates either from the Microsoft website or from the Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) in your corporate network.

In addition, MBSA also scans the computer configuration for potential security risks—like blank passwords for user accounts. MBSA tool is available on the Microsoft website for public download.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this exercise, you will be able to:

  • Install MBSA
  • Run MBSA to scan computers and discover potential vulnerabilities
  • Verify Internet connection is on
  • Run MBSA from the command line on computers to discover potential vulnerabilities

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