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What is dssec.dll?

Part of Directory Service Security UI by Microsoft

What is it?

A directory service is a customizable information store that functions as a single point from which users can locate resources and services distributed throughout the network. This customizable information store also gives administrators a single point for managing its objects and their attributes. Although this information store appears as a single point to the users of the network, it is actually most often stored in a distributed form.
Description of dssec.dll from Microsoft
Active Directory services include Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS), Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS), Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS), and Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS).
(dssec.dll is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How is dssec.dll loaded?

Approved shell extension - dssec.dll has a CLSID (globally unique identifier) of {4E40F770-369C-11d0-8922-00A024AB2DBB} with and identifier of DS Security Page. When the system detects that the user is downloading an external program that runs as part of the Windows user interface, the system searches for a digital certificate or requests that the user approve the action. If you enable this policy, Windows only starts approved programs.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.3% of all Boost users have the dssec.dll file.Of the 0.3% of dssec.dll users, less than 1% have disabled it.
Typical file (disk image) location:

Are there other versions of Directory Service Security UI?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (5.2.3790.131072)

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File details

File name: dssec.dll
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Directory Service Security UI
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 5.2.3790.3959 (srv03_sp2_rtm.070216-1710)
Product version: 5.2.3790.3959
Size: 43 KB
Original file name: dssec.dll
Windows file protection: Yes

Approved shell extension details

CLSID: {4E40F770-369C-11d0-8922-00A024AB2DBB}
Command: DS Security Page

Image hashes

MD5: 048c24971550aa2bf581f3e4f3d39a2c
SHA-1: 348a6df0a3b5e613c77136e9d470e13a05bdc199
SHA-256: 2a6a1c3dc1a2d7a58225186729b4dff43ac8c8228f6951f8350d74b4a50ce7d4

PE image details

File entropy: 6.30986
File packed: No
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