(L1) Ensure 'Set client connection encryption level' is set to 'Enabled: High Level'


This policy setting specifies whether to require the use of a specific encryption level to secure communications between client computers and RD Session Host servers during Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) connections. This policy only applies when you are using native RDP encryption. However, native RDP encryption (as opposed to SSL encryption) is not recommended. This policy does not apply to SSL encryption.
The recommended state for this setting is: Enabled: High Level.

If Remote Desktop client connections that use low level encryption are allowed, it is more likely that an attacker will be able to decrypt any captured Remote Desktop Services network traffic.


To establish the recommended configuration via GP, set the following UI path to Enabled: High Level:
Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services\Remote Desktop Session Host\Security\Set client connection encryption level
Note: This Group Policy path is provided by the Group Policy template TerminalServer.admx/adml that is included with all versions of the Microsoft Windows Administrative Templates.

None - this is the default behavior.

Default Value:
Enabled: High Level. (All communications between clients and RD Session Host servers during remote connections using native RDP encryption must be 128-bit strength. Clients that do not support 128-bit encryption will be unable to establish Remote Desktop Server sessions.)

1. CCE-35578-4

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References: 800-53|IA-2(1), CSCv6|3.4, CSCv7|4.5

Plugin: Windows

Control ID: b55d05e2e11c9776b9d26bb3c9b27fe8d01a5d55e2edd06ab9263cb1850a2f0d