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TLS 1.2 in Windiows 7

Windows 7 includes support for TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2. I’ve been running with enabled 1.2 support for a while now and no problems at all, so I figured I’d share how to enable it. You need to import these 4 reg keys:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.1\Client]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.1\Server]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.2\Client]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.2\Server]

This will allow Win7 to use TLS 1.1 and 1.2, but that will work for apps that don’t explicitly ask for the TLS version they want to use. IE is one of those that want to be in control, so you need to tell it explicitly that you want it to use the new versions of TLS. To do that, you need to check the 1.1 and 1.2 checkboxes under Tools->Internet Options->Advanced->Security.

After you’ve done that, one may wonder how to check if this actually works. You can go to one of the few TLS interop servers available on the net. Here are a few that I know of which support TLS 1.2:

In general, you can check the page’s properties for the connection info. Going to Mike’s toolbox site IE shows “TLS 1.2, AES with 128 bit encryption (High); RSA with 1024 bit exchange”.

Hopefully enough people will support TLS1.2 soon enough so the world can move on : )