Windows Vista Service Pack 1, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 now
include support for Structured Exception Handling Overwrite Protection (SEHOP).
This feature is designed to block exploits that use the Structured Exception
Handler (SEH) overwrite technique. This protection mechanism is provided at
run-time. Therefore, it helps protect applications regardless of whether they
have been compiled with the latest improvements, such as the /SAFESEH
recommend that Windows users who are running any of the above operating systems enable this feature to improve the
security profile of their systems.
This article helps you enable this feature.
To have us enable this feature for you, go to the "Enable it for me
" section. If you would rather enable this feature yourself, go to the "Let me enable it myself
If you are running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2, go to the " Let me enable it myself
" section because the automatic wizard for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2 is not available yet.
To enable this feature automatically, click the Fix this problem
link. Then, click Run
in the File Download
dialog box, and follow the steps in this wizard.
- This wizard only applies to Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008.
- This wizard may be in English only; however, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.
- If you are not on the computer that has the problem, you can save the automatic fix to a flash drive or to a CD, and then you can run it on the computer that has the problem.
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This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
By default, SEHOP is enabled in Windows
Server 2008 R2 and in Windows Server 2008. By default, SEHOP is disabled in Windows 7 and in Windows Vista. To enable SEHOP manually,
follow these steps:
- Click Start, click Run,
type regedit, and then press ENTER.
- Locate the following registry subkey:
Manager\kernel\DisableExceptionChainValidationNote If you cannot find
the DisableExceptionChainValidation registry entry under
Manager\kernel\ subkey, follow these steps to create it:
- Right-click kernel, point to
New, and then click DWORD Value.
DisableExceptionChainValidation, and then press
- Change the value of
the DisableExceptionChainValidation registry entry to 0 to enable it, and then
Note A value of 1 disables the registry entry. A value of 0 enables it.
- Exit Registry Editor.
After you enable SEHOP, existing versions of Cygwin, Skype, and
Armadillo-protected applications may not work correctly. Note
To resolve this issue, contact the software vendor for an update.
Preventing the exploitation of SEH overwrites
For more information about a technique that you can use to help prevent the exploitation of SEH overwrites, visit the following Uninformed Web site:
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