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Microsoft moves to block MD5 certificates and improve RDP authentication

Lucian Constantin | Aug. 15, 2013
Windows optional security updates restrict use of MD5-based certificates and improve Remote Desktop Protocol network-level authentication.

NLA requires RDP users to be authenticated to a RDP server before a remote desktop connection is established and the logon screen appears.

The KB2861855 update adds multiple layers of defense -- known as defense-in-depth measures -- to the NLA technology in order to prevent attackers from compromising its security, Microsoft said in a security advisory.

This RDP update is available to download from the Microsoft Download Center and Microsoft Update Catalog for all supported editions of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2.


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