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What is smss.exe?

Part of Windows 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.

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What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.5% of all Boost users have the smss.exe process running.Of the 0.5% 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% CPU197.4%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
 194.64 KB RAM0.9%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 2 /min0.1%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Windows\System32\smss.exe

Are there other versions of Windows Session Manager?

Why are multiple of the same versions listed?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 8 (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Enterprise (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro N (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro with Media Center (6.2.9200.0)

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File details

File name: smss.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Windows Session Manager
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247)
Product version: 6.2.9200.16384
Size: 86.5 KB
Original file name: smss.exe.mui
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0004102629%
Privileged CPU: 0.0003905237%
User CPU: 0.00001973918112%
Privileged CPU time: 264816.55 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 1 ms
CPU cycle count: 337,809,267
CPU cycle count /min: 3,006,364
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 3.26 MB
Peak committed memory: 17.4 MB
Paged memory: 194.64 KB
Peak paged memory: 267.55 KB
Paged system memory: 10.04 KB
Non-paged system memory: 1.32 KB
Working set memory: 509.55 KB
Peak working set memory: 789.09 KB
Min working set memory: 462.55 KB
Private memory: 194.64 KB
Page faults: 438
Page faults /min: 3
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 22
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 763.17 KB
Read transfer /min: 167 Bytes
Total write operations: 17
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 42.5 KB
Write transfer /min: 2 Bytes
Total other operations: 323
Other operations /min: 2
Total other transfer: 10.78 KB
Other Transfer /min: 65 Bytes
Resources
Handle count average: 37
Thread count average: 2
Thread resource averages
ntdll.dll

Process details

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

Image hashes

MD5: 8e5870b864c38a3b766f9f0a23fb70c4
SHA-1: b539888d0a5b45f2e9dcdab23296a455e90b54bd
SHA-256: 838c650d3118d100ae58c5616551d3849b303e4bc1a2437f44d636c97aaaf658

PE image details

File entropy: 6.46651
File packed: No
Import Table
ntdll.dll
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