Security and protection for SharePoint Server 2010
Applies to: SharePoint Server 2010, SharePoint Foundation 2010
Topic Last Modified: 2013-11-01
This section provides information and best practices about how to make the Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 system more secure and how to help protect data.
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SharePoint Server 2010 uses several Windows encryption algorithms for computing hash values that do not comply with Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2, Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules. These algorithms are not used for security purposes; they are used for internal processing. For example, SharePoint Server 2010 uses MD5 to create hash values that are used as unique identifiers.|
Because SharePoint Server 2010 uses these algorithms, it does not support the Windows security policy setting that requires FIPS compliant algorithms for encryption and hashing. This Windows security policy is managed through the FIPSAlgorithmPolicy registry key in Windows, which is described in the "Configure FIPS policy for a mixed environment" section of the following topic:
The FIPS contribution to FISMA certification is the strength of encryption used for security purposes. Security-related encryption within SharePoint Server 2010 is performed by using FIPS-compliant cipher suites.
For additional information about FISMA, FISMA certification, and reverse proxy see the following articles: