This update adds support for DefaultSecureProtocols registry entry that allows the system administrator to specify which SSL protocols should be used when the WINHTTP_OPTION_SECURE_PROTOCOLS flag is used.
This can allow certain applications that were built to use the WinHTTP default flag to be able to leverage the newer TLS 1.2 or TLS 1.1 protocols natively without any need for updates to the application.
This is the case for some Microsoft Office applications when they open documents from a SharePoint library or a Web Folder, IP-HTTPS tunnels for DirectAccess connectivity, and other applications by using technologies such as WebClient by using WebDav, WinRM, and others.
This update will not change the behavior of applications that are manually setting the secure protocols instead of pass the default flag.
Method 1: Windows UpdateThis update is provided as a Recommended update on Windows Update. For more information about how to run Windows Update, see How to get an update through Windows Update.
Method 2: Microsoft Update CatalogTo get the stand-alone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.
Update detail information
PrerequisitesTo apply this update, you must install Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
There's no prerequisite to apply this update in Windows Server 2012.
Registry informationTo apply this update, the DefaultSecureProtocols registry subkey must be added.
Note To do this, you can add the registry subkey manually or install the "Easy fix" to populate the registry subkey.
Restart requirementYou may have to restart the computer after you apply this update.
Update replacement informationThis update doesn't replace a previously released update.
For more information about the WINHTTP_OPTION_SECURE_PROTOCOLS flag, see Option Flags.
How the DefaultSecureProtocols registry entry worksImportant This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, see: How to back up and restore the registry in Windows.
When an application specifies WINHTTP_OPTION_SECURE_PROTOCOLS, the system will check for the DefaultSecureProtocols registry entry and if present override the default protocols specified by WINHTTP_OPTION_SECURE_PROTOCOLS with the protocols specified in the registry entry. If the registry entry is not present, WinHTTP will use the existing operating system defaults for Win WINHTTP_OPTION_SECURE_PROTOCOLS HTTP. These WinHTTP defaults follow the existing precedence rules and are overruled by SCHANNEL disabled protocols and protocols set per application by WinHttpSetOption.
Note The hotfix installer doesn't add the DefaultSecureProtocols value. The administrator must manually add the entry after determining the override protocols. Or, you can install the "Easy fix" to add the entry automatically.
The DefaultSecureProtocols registry entry can be added in the following path:
|DefaultSecureProtocols Value||Protocol enabled|
|0x00000008||Enable SSL 2.0 by default|
|0x00000020||Enable SSL 3.0 by default|
|0x00000080||Enable TLS 1.0 by default|
|0x00000200||Enable TLS 1.1 by default|
|0x00000800||Enable TLS 1.2 by default|
The administrator wants to override the default values for WINHTTP_OPTION_SECURE_PROTOCOLS to specify TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2.
Take the value for TLS 1.1 (0x00000200) and the value for TLS 1.2 (0x00000800) then add them together in calculator (in programmer mode), the resulting registry value would be 0x00000A00.
Easy fixTo add the DefaultSecureProtocols registry subkey automatically, click the Download button. In the File Download dialog box, click Run or Open, and then follow the steps in the easy fix wizard.
- This wizard may be in English only. However, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.
- If you are not on the computer that has the problem, save the easy fix solution to a flash drive or a CD and then run it on the computer that has the problem.
Note In addition to the DefaultSecureProtocols registry subkey, the Easy fix also adds the SecureProtocols at the following location to help enable TLS 1.1 and 1.2 for Internet Explorer.
The SecureProtocols registry entry that has value 0xA80 for enabling TLS 1.1 and 1.2 will be added in the following paths:
Article ID: 3140245 - Last Review: 3 Aug 2016 - Revision: 1