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Windows 7: NEW: Threats and Countermeasures Guide

06 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
NEW: Threats and Countermeasures Guide

Microsoft has just released a new document on Windows security: Threats and Countermeasures Guide: Security Settings in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. It's got some pretty good information on security best practices although much of it has been published before.

What's most exciting about this document is that buried within it is the most accurate and comprehensive list of Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 services I've ever seen. The list even describes some services that are installed by other Microsoft products that do not ship with Windows. Whereas there are lists available on the internet of services and their descriptions, they are either not written by Microsoft, not specifically for Windows 7 or do not cite sources.

Here's a couple examples:
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SeaPort
The SeaPort service enables detecting, downloading, and installing up-to-date configuration files for Microsoft search enhancement applications. It also provides server communication for the Customer Experience Improvement Program. If this service is disabled, search enhancement features such as search history may not work correctly.
This service is not installed by default. It is installed with Windows Live Essentials as an enhancement to the default Windows Search service. After it is installed, its startup type is Automatic.
When the SeaPort service is started in its default configuration, it logs on by using the Local System account.
This service is not dependent on any other system service, nor is any service dependent on it.

Secondary Logon
The Secondary Logon (seclogon) service enables processes to be started under alternate credentials. This allows a user to create processes in the context of different security principals. A common use of this service is by administrators who may log on as restricted users but must have administrative privileges to run a specific application. They can use a secondary logon to temporarily run such applications. If the service is disabled, this type of logon access is unavailable and calls to the CreateProcessWithLogonW API fail.
This service starts when a program or application is started by using the Run as different user option in the extended context menu (which can be opened by holding down the shift key when you right-click an item).
This service is installed by default and its startup type is Manual.
When the Secondary Logon service is started in its default configuration, it logs on by using the Local System account.
This service is not dependent on any other system service, nor is any service dependent on it.


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06 Jun 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

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06 Jun 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Doh! I must have been having a Homer Moment™
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06 Jun 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Think so. LOL
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06 Jun 2011   #5

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Very useful list of services. Thanks for the link.
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06 Jun 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Excellent. Thanks baarod
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07 Jun 2011   #7

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Nice, thanks baarod and Airbot
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