Audit DPAPI Activity

 

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 DPAPI Activity, which determines whether the operating system generates audit events when encryption or decryption calls are made into the data protection application interface (DPAPI).

DPAPI is used to protect secret information such as stored passwords and key information. For more information about DPAPI, see Windows Data Protection (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=121720).

Event volume: Low

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

4692

Backup of data protection master key was attempted.

4693

Recovery of data protection master key was attempted.

4694

Protection of auditable protected data was attempted.

4695

Unprotection of auditable protected data was attempted.

Advanced Security Audit Policy Settings