Securing the Windows 2000 Registry

by Ray Zadjmool
Sept. 1, 2017 0 comments TechGenix Apps & Hardening windows client security

As part of a system hardening routine and standard network policy, in Windows 2000, ACL permissions can be configured to limit a user access to keys that can be used by hackers or malicious programs. Much like file permissions, ACLS can be configured on the registry through a couple of different ways. The easiest and most manual way is through the registry editor regedt32.exe. Regedt32.exe comes installed by default on most versions of Microsoft Windows with the exception of Windows 95/98/ME systems which only come bundled with the less functional regedit.exe. Regedt32 is different than its simpler cousin regedit.exe by its ability to allow the configuration of permissions or ACL’s (Access Control Lists) on specific registry keys.