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What is smss.exe?

Part of Windows NT Session Manager by Microsoft

What is it?

When a client first tries to access a protected resource that is hosted by a relying party, the client must first authenticate itself to a security token service (STS) that is trusted by the relying party. The STS then issues a security token to the client. The client presents this token to the relying party, which then grants the client access to the protected resource. However, you don’t want the client to have to re-authenticate to the STS for each request, especially because it might not eve
Description of smss.exe from Microsoft
HTTP, the underlying transport of the Web, is a memory-less protocol. Every time a client requests an application, HTTP has no idea of the caller's identity—it simply forwards the request to the Web server. To allow for a level of continuity in a Web-based application, you must use the technologies discussed in this article, which allow both JSP and Microsoft® ASP.NET applications to retain state in between client requests. Both JSP and ASP.NET use the concept of sessions and Session objects to
(smss.exe is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How does smss.exe run?

Process - smss.exe is an instance of a running program. This program executes under the SYSTEM account within Windows with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network.

Community

What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.0% of all Boost users have the smss.exe process running.Of the 0.0% of smss.exe users, less than 1% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is smss.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00002% CPU172.9%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
 172 KB RAM0.8%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Windows\System32\smss.exe

Are there other versions of Windows NT Session Manager?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)

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File details

File name: smss.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Windows NT Session Manager
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)
Product version: 5.1.2600.5512
Size: 49.5 KB
Original file name: smss.exe
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0000345777%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000172888%
User CPU: 0.00001728883667%
Privileged CPU time: 15.62 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 3.69 MB
Peak committed memory: 11.73 MB
Paged memory: 172 KB
Peak paged memory: 1.64 MB
Paged system memory: 5.97 KB
Non-paged system memory: 640 Bytes
Working set memory: 432 KB
Peak working set memory: 524 KB
Min working set memory: 432 KB
Private memory: 172 KB
Page faults: 225
Page faults /min: 0
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 9
Total read transfer: 4.03 KB
Total write operations: 4
Total write transfer: 4 Bytes
Total other operations: 207
Total other transfer: 3.01 KB
Resources
Handle count average: 19
Thread count average: 3

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 32-bit
Child Processes
Process Command
\SystemRoot\System32\smss.exe

Image hashes

MD5: ddd9bd9c8d7dc5c765c852b24448327b
SHA-1: d7ab969942c8501ae26fc9881005945b96f40de3

PE image details

File entropy: 6.41096
File packed: No
Import Table
ntdll.dll
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