Cipher Suites Renamed in Windows Server 2016

After testing IIS Crypto 2.0 we ran into an issue with soon to be released Windows Server 2016. All of the Qualys SSL scans were not recognizing the order of the cipher suites configured by IIS Crypto. It turns out that Microsoft quietly renamed most of their cipher suites dropping the curve (_P521, _P384, _P256) from them. This reduced most suites from three down to one. However, this threw us a bit of a curve ball as now IIS Crypto’s configuration and all of the templates needed to support OS version checking. We added this in one of the beta versions, retested and sure enough the scans were now showing the correct cipher suite order.

IIS Crypto 2.0 Released!

We are happy to announce that IIS Crypto 2.0 has been released! This new version is a complete rewrite and has a brand new interface. Some new features include creating custom templates, Windows Server 2016 support, add your own cipher suites, check for updates and much more. The full change log can be found on our download page. We have also updated the documentation and FAQ.

Thank-you everyone for all of your comments and feedback!

MS14-066 Updated

Microsoft has just released an update for MS14-066. All this update does is remove TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384, TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256, TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384, TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256 from the default cipher suite list for Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 2012. It does not update Windows 2012 R2. This seems like a temporary measure until Microsoft figures out what the real issue is. In the mean time, make sure that those cipher suites are unchecked in IIS Crypto.

IIS Crypto 1.6 Released with Updates for MS14-066

IIS Crypto 1.6 has been released. This version adds the 4 additional cipher suites that were updated as part of the MS14-066 (KB2992611) patch. Along with some minor fixes, the PCI template now disables SSL 3.0 and RC4. Full version history can be found here.

Microsoft released a patch named MS14-066 on November 11, 2014 to address a vulnerability in SChannel that could allow remote code execution. The patch includes 4 new cipher suites for Windows Server versions 2003 through 2012 R2. Previously only Windows Server 2012 R2 had these cipher suites. On November 16, Microsoft updated the advisory stating that they found an issue with the new cipher suites they introduced. If you have applied this patch and are running into connection issues with clients, the work around is to disable the following cipher suites: TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384, TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256, TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384 and TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256. Using IIS Crypto simply uncheck these cipher suites, click Apply and reboot your server.

IIS Crypto 1.4 Released

IIS Crypto 1.4 has finally been released. Along with the usual bug fixes, version 1.4 adds in a new Best Practices template which prefers forward secrecy cipher suites with the highest key length. The BEAST template has been removed as RC4 is now considered much weaker than previously was known. A good explaination can be found here. Finally, the SSL scanner from Qualys is now built in so you can scan your website directly from IIS Crypto.