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Windows 7: lsass,exe leaking resources (handles)

19 Aug 2013   #1

windows 8.1 Pro x64
lsass,exe leaking resources (handles)

I noticed yesterday extreme handle usage on my system, over 120k handles, of which 80k were due to lsass.exe which is a unkillable process. The security accounts manager service is not stoppable also which uses lsass.exe.

Today after I rebooted I see its not a one off problem and its leaking handles again. Seems about 1k handles per hour.

I dont fancy rebooting every few days (previously I rebooted once a month for updates).

any idea how to solve this without reinstallng the OS.

right now it seems the most likely cause is a recent windows update I installed.

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19 Aug 2013   #2

Windows 7 32 bit

right now it seems the most likely cause is a recent windows update I installed.
Seems like you answered your own question. :)

If you have the means, I'd make an image backup of the current state of the machine, then roll back the update if possible.
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