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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.

System_CAPS_importantImportant

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

4656

A handle to an object was requested.

4658

The handle to an object was closed.

4690

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

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