Disabling SMBv1 through Group Policy

Version 1 of the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol was developed in the early days of personal computer networking, and as Ned Pyle describes in his blog post, Stop using SMB1 there are many reasons to cease using it on your networks. We have added that recommendation to our baseline, and have exposed a way…

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Dropping the “Untrusted Font Blocking” setting

With the Windows 10 v1703 security configuration baseline, Microsoft is removing the recommendation to enable the “Untrusted Font Blocking” Group Policy setting in Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | System | Mitigation Options. Windows 10 includes additional mitigations that make this setting far less important, while blocking untrusted fonts breaks several legitimate scenarios unnecessarily. Parsing…

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Security Compliance Manager (SCM) retired; new tools and procedures

Microsoft reluctantly announces the retirement of the Security Compliance Manager (SCM) tool. At the same time, we are reaffirming our commitment to delivering robust and useful security guidance for Windows, and tools to manage that guidance. Microsoft first released the Security Compliance Manager (SCM) in 2010. It was a mammoth program that combined GPO-based security…

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Security baseline for Windows 10 “Creators Update” (v1703) – DRAFT

Microsoft is pleased to announce the beta release of the recommended security configuration baseline settings for Windows 10 “Creators Update,” also known as version 1703, “Redstone 2,” or RS2. Please evaluate this proposed baseline and send us your feedback via blog comments below. Download the content here: Windows-10-RS2-Security-Baseline Microsoft is also announcing changes to the…

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