Microsoft is pleased to announce the final release of the recommended security configuration baseline settings for Windows 10 “Creators Update,” also known as version 1703, “Redstone 2,” or RS2. The downloadable attachment to this blog post includes importable GPOs, tools for applying the GPOs, custom ADMX files for Group Policy settings, and all the settings in spreadsheet form.
Download the content here: Windows-10-RS2-Security-Baseline-FINAL.zip
The differences in this baseline from the v1703 draft version are:
- The security settings that disallowed Internet Explorer from using downloaded fonts in the Internet and Restricted Sites zones have been removed. This change in IE11 recommendations applies only to Windows 10, and is possible because of Windows 10's additional mitigations as described in the blog post, Dropping the "Untrusted Font Blocking" setting.
- The enforcement of the default for the User Rights Assignment, Generate security audits (SeAuditPrivilege), has been removed. Enforcing the default does not mitigate contemporary security threats, and hampers the functionality of programs such as System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) that need to change the default.
- We are enabling the setting, "Do not suggest third-party content in Windows spotlight" in User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Cloud Content. Enabling this setting is consistent with our having previously enabled "Turn off Microsoft consumer experiences."
Thank you to the Center for Internet Security (CIS) and to everyone else who gave us feedback.