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What is bfe.dll?

Part of Base Filtering Engine by Microsoft

What is it?

The Base Filtering Engine (BFE) is a service that manages firewall and Internet Protocol security (IPsec) policies and implements user mode filtering. Stopping or disabling the BFE service will significantly reduce the security of the system. It will also result in unpredictable behavior in IPsec management and firewall applications.

What if I disable Base Filtering Engine?

If you use an external hardware firewall/gateway/router between your computer and the internet, do not use IPsec (VPN tunneling, etc) and Internet Connection Sharing (ICS), then this service can be disabled but it is not recommended.
Description of bfe.dll from Microsoft
Windows Filtering Platform (WFP) is a network traffic processing platform designed to replace the Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 network traffic filtering interfaces. WFP consists of a set of hooks into the network stack and a filtering engine that coordinates network stack interactions. A service that controls the operation of the Windows Filtering Platform. It performs the following tasks: Accepts filters and other configuration settings for the platform. Enforces the security model for ac
(bfe.dll is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How is bfe.dll loaded?

Scheduled task - bfe.dll is launched automatically by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name '\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Filtering Platform\BfeOnServiceStartTypeChange'. Task Scheduler provides the ability to schedule the launch of programs or scripts at pre-defined times or after specified time intervals or even with event-based triggers.
Hosted service - bfe.dll is typically associtated with identifier name of cda9f1373805af88f6fa4f2064bba24d with and identifier of BFE. A Windows Hosted Service is a service that is implemented as dynamically-linked library (DLL) run under the (Service Host) SvcHost process.

Community

What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.1% of all Boost users have the bfe.dll file.Of the 0.1% of bfe.dll users, less than 1% have disabled it.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Windows\System32\bfe.dll

Are there other versions of Base Filtering Engine?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 8.1 (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8.1 Pro (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (6.2.9200.0)

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File details

File name: bfe.dll
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Base Filtering Engine
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623)
Product version: 6.3.9600.16384
Size: 808 KB
Original file name: BFE.DLL.MUI
Windows file protection: Yes

Scheduled task details

Name: BfeOnServiceStartTypeChange
Command: \Microsoft\Windows\Windows Filtering Platform\BfeOnServiceStartTypeChange

Hosted service details

Name: cda9f1373805af88f6fa4f2064bba24d
Command: BFE

Image hashes

MD5: 20fb137adde1255f15f265a7bd9579be
SHA-1: 43ee5b8256daa735a9a99d436ef61d76fefdf240

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows Console
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File entropy: 6.18834
File packed: No
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advapi32.dll
api-ms-win-core-apiquery-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-delayload-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-errorhandling-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-errorhandling-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-file-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-file-l1-2-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-file-l1-2-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-handle-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-heap-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-heap-l1-2-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-heap-obsolete-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-interlocked-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-interlocked-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-interlocked-l1-2-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-kernel32-legacy-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-libraryloader-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-libraryloader-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-libraryloader-l1-2-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-localization-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-memory-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-memory-l1-1-2.dll
api-ms-win-core-processenvironment-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-processenvironment-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-processenvironment-l1-2-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-processthreads-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-processthreads-l1-1-2.dll
api-ms-win-core-profile-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-psapi-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-registry-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-shlwapi-obsolete-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-string-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-synch-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-synch-l1-2-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-sysinfo-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-sysinfo-l1-2-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-sysinfo-l1-2-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-threadpool-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-threadpool-l1-2-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-threadpool-legacy-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-threadpool-private-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-timezone-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-util-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-eventing-consumer-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-eventing-controller-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-eventing-provider-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-legacy-kernel32-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-obsolete-kernelbase-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-obsolete-shlwapi-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-security-base-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-security-base-l1-2-0.dll
authz.dll
dnsapi.dll
kernel32.dll
msvcrt.dll
ntdll.dll
rpcrt4.dll
secur32.dll
slc.dll
Export Table
bfegetdirectdispatchtable
bfeonservicestarttypechange
bfeservicemain
svchostpushserviceglobals
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