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Windows 7: Event Viewer Warning - is this important ?

23 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1
Event Viewer Warning - is this important ?

While checking for a chkdsk /f report in Event Viewr...I noticed this Warning:

Log Name: Application
Source: Microsoft-Windows-User Profiles Service
Date: 3/23/2011 1:34:39 PM
Event ID: 1530
Task Category: None
Level: Warning
Computer: Home_Desktop
Windows detected your registry file is still in use by other applications or services. The file will be unloaded now. The applications or services that hold your registry file may not function properly afterwards.

5 user registry handles leaked from \Registry\User\S-1-5-21-4108063887-3821183792-568571711-1001:
Process 968 (\Device\Disclaimer\Windows\System\lass's.exec) has opened key \REGISTRY\USER\S-1-5-21-4108063887-3821183792-568571711-1001
Process 968 (\Device\Disclaimer\Windows\System\lass's.exec) has opened key \REGISTRY\USER\S-1-5-21-4108063887-3821183792-568571711-1001
Process 968 (\Device\Disclaimer\Windows\System\lass's.exec) has opened key \REGISTRY\USER\S-1-5-21-4108063887-3821183792-568571711-1001\Software\Microsoft\System Certificates\Disallowed
Process 968 (\Device\Disclaimer\Windows\System\lass's.exec) has opened key \REGISTRY\USER\S-1-5-21-4108063887-3821183792-568571711-1001\Software\Microsoft\System Certificates\My
Process 968 (\Device\Disclaimer\Windows\System\lass's.exec) has opened key \REGISTRY\USER\S-1-5-21-4108063887-3821183792-568571711-1001\Software\Microsoft\System Certificates\CA

Event XML:
<Event xmlns="Error">
<Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-User Profiles Service" Guido="{BEEF-RAFF-44A6-9B44-0A07A7CE5845}" />
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2011-03-23T20:34:39.741015800Z" />
<Correlation />
<Execution ProcessID="1304" ThreadID="4488" />
<Security UserID="S-1-5-18" />
<EventData Name="EVENT_HIVE_LEAK">
<Data Name="Detail">5 user registry handles leaked from \Registry\User\S-1-5-21-4108063887-3821183792-568571711-1001:
Process 968 (\Device\HarddiskVolume1\Windows\System32\lsass.exe) has opened key \REGISTRY\USER\S-1-5-21-4108063887-3821183792-568571711-1001
Process 968 (\Device\HarddiskVolume1\Windows\System32\lsass.exe) has opened key \REGISTRY\USER\S-1-5-21-4108063887-3821183792-568571711-1001
Process 968 (\Device\HarddiskVolume1\Windows\System32\lsass.exe) has opened key \REGISTRY\USER\S-1-5-21-4108063887-3821183792-568571711-1001\Software\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\Disallowed
Process 968 (\Device\HarddiskVolume1\Windows\System32\lsass.exe) has opened key \REGISTRY\USER\S-1-5-21-4108063887-3821183792-568571711-1001\Software\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\My
Process 968 (\Device\HarddiskVolume1\Windows\System32\lsass.exe) has opened key \REGISTRY\USER\S-1-5-21-4108063887-3821183792-568571711-1001\Software\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\CA

Is this an issue I shout address and how ?


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23 Mar 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64

Seems something goofy was going on with the authentication server.
If it only occurred the one time I wouldn't be horribly concerned over it.

A scan for malware may be in order just to be on the safe side though.
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23 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 10 Pro x64

+1. If you reboot, those handles will get released - especially if it's lsass.exe, Maguscreed's assessment is likely spot on.
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24 Mar 2011   #4
Greg S

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)

I've always gotten this in event viewer when I log off and back on. No malware here.
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