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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.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.3% of all Boost users have the smss.exe process running.Of the 0.3% 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.
0.00001% CPU102.0%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
     542.8 KB RAM2.5%
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:

Are there other versions of Windows Session Manager?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)

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File details

File name: smss.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Windows Session Manager
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 6.0.6002.18805 (vistasp2_gdr.130308-1436)
Product version: 6.0.6002.18805
Size: 73.5 KB
Original file name: smss.exe
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0001284660%
Privileged CPU: 0.0001182653%
User CPU: 0.00001020069201%
Privileged CPU time: 78095.66 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 241,343,909
CPU cycle count /min: 205,968
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 4.76 MB
Peak committed memory: 15.58 MB
Paged memory: 542.8 KB
Peak paged memory: 604.4 KB
Paged system memory: 10.15 KB
Non-paged system memory: 1.43 KB
Working set memory: 952.8 KB
Peak working set memory: 1.14 MB
Min working set memory: 833.6 KB
Private memory: 542.8 KB
Page faults: 499
Page faults /min: 1
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 32
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 446.24 KB
Read transfer /min: 195 Bytes
Total write operations: 19
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 3.45 KB
Write transfer /min: 3 Bytes
Total other operations: 582
Other operations /min: 1
Total other transfer: 12.63 KB
Other Transfer /min: 12 Bytes
Handle count average: 28
Thread count average: 4
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: System
Windows platform: 64-bit
Process Command

Image hashes

MD5: 34b7b826716b166778ed454b7628ef5e
SHA-1: 8eb29d47f23e83d9eb00b3e11b04c87de7de1175
SHA-256: 80f3cf626334e185ba17912ec902bb4986e8b28cc95247abc4cfd738eeed9eb8

PE image details

File entropy: 6.44621
File packed: No
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