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Audit Audit Policy Change

Published: July 3, 2013

Updated: July 3, 2013

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2



This topic for the IT professional describes the Advanced Security Audit policy setting, Audit Audit Policy Change, which determines whether the operating system generates audit events when changes are made to audit policy.

Changes to audit policy that are audited include:

  • Changing permissions and audit settings on the audit policy object (by using auditpol /set /sd).

  • Changing the system audit policy.

  • Registering and unregistering security event sources.

  • Changing per-user audit settings.

  • Changing the value of CrashOnAuditFail.

  • Changing audit settings on an object (for example, modifying the system access control list (SACL) for a file or registry key).

    noteNote
    SACL change auditing is performed when a SACL for an object has changed and the Policy Change category is configured. Discretionary access control list (DACL) and owner change auditing are performed when Object Access auditing is configured and the object's SACL is set for auditing of the DACL or owner change.

  • Changing anything in the Special Groups list.

ImportantImportant
Changes to the audit policy are critical security events.

Event volume: Low

Default: Success

If this policy setting is configured, the following events appear on computers running the supported versions of the Windows operating system as designated in the Applies to list at the beginning of this topic, in addition to Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, unless otherwise noted.

 

Event ID Event message

4715

The audit policy (SACL) on an object was changed.

4719

System audit policy was changed.

4817

Auditing settings on an object were changed.

noteNote
This event is logged only on computers running the supported versions of the Windows operating system.

4902

The Per-user audit policy table was created.

4904

An attempt was made to register a security event source.

4905

An attempt was made to unregister a security event source.

4906

The CrashOnAuditFail value has changed.

4907

Auditing settings on object were changed.

4908

Special Groups Logon table modified.

4912

Per User Audit Policy was changed.

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