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Audit Handle Manipulation


Updated: July 3, 2013

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

This topic for the IT professional describes the Advanced Security Audit policy setting, Audit Handle Manipulation, which determines whether the operating system generates audit events when a handle to an object is opened or closed.

Only objects with configured system access control lists (SACLs) generate these events, and only if the attempted handle operation matches the SACL.


Handle Manipulation events are generated only for object types where the corresponding File System or Registry Object Access subcategory is enabled. For more information, see Audit File System or Audit Registry.

Event volume: High, depending on how SACLs are configured

Default: Not configured

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.

Event ID

Event message


A handle to an object was requested.


The handle to an object was closed.


An attempt was made to duplicate a handle to an object.

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