Attack Surface Analyzer is a free tool developed by Microsoft. This tool catalogs the changes made to operating system attack surface by the installation of new software. By identifying the changes done by the application on the windows operating system, it will be easy to deduct the security vulnerabilities created by the application.
Attack Surface Analyzer once installed on the system, takes a snapshot of the system state before and after the installation of product. Then it displays the changes to a number of key elements of the Windows attack surface.
This tool won’t give any code level security issues. Instead it will give a detailed outline of the changes in attack surface to the operating system after installing the web or client/server application on a server or work station. It is good to test the OS attack surface area changes at least once in a month on a web server to find any security vulnerability. Thus preventing any malicious outside attacks.
This tool can be used or Windows Vista or higher workstation or server operating systems.
For more details on Attack Surface Analyzer go to Technet Blog.
Attack Surface Analyzer version 1.0 can be downloaded from here.