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Create a Rule That Uses a Publisher Condition

Published: February 24, 2012

Updated: May 2, 2012

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



This topic shows how to create an AppLocker rule with a publisher condition in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8.

You can use publisher conditions only for files that are digitally signed; the publisher condition identifies an application based on its digital signature and extended attributes. The digital signature contains information about the company that created the application (the publisher). The extended attributes, which are obtained from the binary resource, contain the name of the product that the file is part of and the version number of the application. The publisher may be a software development company, such as Microsoft, or the information technology department of your organization.

Packaged app rules are by definition rules that use publisher conditions. For information about creating a packaged app rule, see Create a Rule for Packaged Apps.

For information about the publisher condition, see Understanding the Publisher Rule Condition in AppLocker.

You can perform this task by using the Group Policy Management Console for an AppLocker policy in a Group Policy Object (GPO) or by using the Local Security Policy snap-in for an AppLocker policy on a local computer or in a security template. For information how to use these MMC snap-ins to administer AppLocker, see Using the MMC snap-ins to administer AppLocker.

  1. In the console tree of the snap-in, double-click Application Control Policies, double-click AppLocker, and then click the rule collection that you want to create the rule for.

  2. On the Action menu, click Create New Rule.

  3. On the Before You Begin page, click Next.

  4. On the Permissions page, select the action (allow or deny) and the user or group that the rule should apply to, and then click Next.

  5. On the Conditions page, select the Publisher rule condition, and then click Next.

  6. On the Publisher page, click Browse to select a signed file, and then use the slider to specify the scope of the rule. To use custom values in any of the fields or to specify a specific file version, select the Use custom values check box. For example, you can use the asterisk (*) wildcard character within a publisher rule to specify that any value should be matched.

  7. Click Next.

  8. (Optional) On the Exceptions page, specify conditions by which to exclude files from being affected by the rule. Click Next.

  9. On the Name and Description page, either accept the automatically generated rule name or type a new rule name, and then click Create.

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