What's New in Recommended Security Baseline Settings for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Internet Explorer 11

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First published on TechNet on Aug 15, 2014

The attachment on this post describes what's new in the security baseline recommendations for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Internet Explorer 11, relative to the baselines published for Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Internet Explorer 10 .  It is included as a Word document in the download from yesterday's announcement blog post .  We are posting the document here for easier access.  I tried to post the full document content, but the tables it contains are too wide for this blog's layout, so I'm just posting the background/summary and table of contents.

 

[2 September 2014: document updated for v1.1 with change to "Deny access to this computer from the network" for the Member Server baseline.]

 

 

 

Background and Summary

 

This document outlines recommended security configuration settings for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Internet Explorer 11, using the previously-published baselines for Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Internet Explorer 10 as the starting point. These guidelines are intended for well-managed enterprises.

 

Some of the more interesting changes from the Windows 8/2012/IE10 baselines:




    • Use of new and existing settings to help block some Pass the Hash attack vectors

 


    • Blocking the use of web browsers on domain controllers

 


    • Incorporation of the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) into the standard baselines

 


    • Removal of almost all service startup settings, and all server role baselines that contain only service startup settings

 


    • Removal of the recommendation to enable “FIPS mode”



Contents

 

Background and Summary

 

Settings New to Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

 

Settings New to Internet Explorer 11

 

Changes to Settings Inherited from Existing Baselines

 

Changes to all Windows Server product baselines

 

Pass the Hash

 

Blocking the use of Web Browsers on Domain Controllers

 

EMET

 

Updated Guidance

 

Advanced Auditing

 

Removed Windows Recommendations

 

Removed Internet Explorer Recommendations

 

Bugs

 

 

 

[download the attachment for the rest...]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended Security Baseline Settings.docx

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