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Disable SSLV2 & Weak SSL Ciphers on IIS

Seems that there is a lot of confusion for people who manage windows/IIS servers and need to disable SSL 2 and older weaker encryption. There are are few nice articles, but can sometimes be confusing unless you really know your way around the Windows Registry. I hope I can simplify this for some people.

Important: There is no need to purchase a utility to do this. Save the money. Some companies charge you $20 or more per server to have a utility to easily click and enable/disable these services.Ok here is the help. For techies who want reference material, here is the good stuff:
The easy part: I have created a .reg file you can download and merge on your windows 2003 server that will disable ssl2 and weak ciphers. Important: This works for me, your mileage may vary. Always backup first. I won't help you if you break your server because you didn't do a backup first. You can test your server to see if you have SSL2 still enabled by going to here: Download: disable_weak_ciphers.reg (downloads as a text file, then rename it to have a .reg extension)

Download this file, rename it to have a .reg extension, right click on it and merge it into the registry. Then do a reboot and when the server comes back online, test again with the above link -- SSL2 should be disabled.

Tweak as you like, no warranty! no warranty! By using this you indemnify me from any liabilities!!!

If this helped you and saved you money, then let me know :) If you feel really compelled to spend money, then donate a few $'s to me by paypal at aschwabe (at) gmail (dot) com.


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