In today’s blog post, I’m going to talk about some registry keys that were removed as of Windows 2008. Recently a colleague raised a customer question about configuring the following AFD related registry keys on Windows 2008:
Actually our customer was trying to implement the settings mentioned in How To: Harden the TCP/IP Stack. But none of our documentation on Vista/2008/Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 referred to such AFD related registry keys.
A quick source code review revealed that those registry keys weren’t valid as of Windows 2008. Those registry keys were mainly used to encounter TCP SYN attacks at Winsock layer on Windows 2003. Since SYN attack protection was built-in on Windows Vista, 2008, 2008 R2 or Windows 7 (and even couldn’t be disabled - please see this blog post for more information on TCP SYN attack protection on Windows Vista/2008/2008 R2/7), it wasn’t required to deal with SYN attacks at Winsock layer and as a result of that, the logic and the registry keys were removed from AFD driver.
As an additional note here, I also wouldn’t recommend implementing EnablePMTUDiscovery registry key which is also mentioned in the document How To: Harden the TCP/IP Stack because of reasons mentioned in a previous blog post. Also SYN attack protection related registry keys mentioned in the same article don’t apply to Window Vista onwards.
Hope this helps