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Platform: win10Date: (C)2016-09-23   (M)2017-10-23

Ensure No Auditing for 'Audit Policy: Detailed Tracking: DPAPI Activity' This subcategory reports encrypt or decrypt calls into the data protections application interface (DPAPI). DPAPI is used to protect secret information such as stored password and key information. Events for this subcategory include: - 4692: Backup of data protection master key was attempted. - 4693: Recovery of data protection master key was attempted. - 4694: Protection of auditable protected data was attempted. - 4695: Removal of protection for auditable protected data was attempted. Refer to the Microsoft Knowledgebase article 'Description of security events in Windows Vista and in Windows Server 2008' for the most recent information about this setting: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947226. Counter Measure: Enable Audit policy settings that support the organizational security policy for all the computers in your organization. Identify the components that you need for an audit policy that enables your organization to hold users accountable for their actions while using organizational resources and enables IT departments to detect unauthorized activity efficiently and then track those events in log files. Potential Impact: If no audit settings are configured, or if audit settings are too lax on the computers in your organization, security incidents might not be detected or not enough evidence will be available for network forensic analysis after security incidents occur. However, if audit settings are too severe, critically important entries in the Security log may be obscured by all of the meaningless entries and computer performance and the available amount of data storage may be seriously affected. Companies that operate in certain regulated industries may have legal obligations to log certain events or activities.


Technical Mechanism: (1) GPO: Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Advanced Audit Policy Configuration\Audit Policies\Detailed Tracking\Audit Policy: Detailed Tracking: DPAPI Activity


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