Crypto Service Provider RRS feed

  • Question

  • How can you tell which crypto service provider a PC has installed on it? e.g. whether it's the basic provider or the enhanced provider?
    Tuesday, September 28, 2010 11:08 AM


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  • Hey Kevin,

    I asked a question similar to this not too long ago: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowssecurity/thread/3b727d29-1e9d-48be-a358-64a29275bda5

    The main point is that more than one CSP can be installed on a computer. So the question is, when is a CSP guaranteed to be installed? The Enhanced CSP has been a part of Internet Explorer since IE 5.5, so it's guaranteed to be installed on Windows XP and later. And if the Enhanced CSP is present, then I believe the Basic CSP will be also.

    Hope this helps.

    • Proposed as answer by Helen Zhou Friday, October 1, 2010 8:55 AM
    • Marked as answer by Helen Zhou Tuesday, October 5, 2010 7:54 AM
    Tuesday, September 28, 2010 3:00 PM
  • Hello Kevin,

    For Comparison of Microsoft Base CSP and Microsoft Enhanced CSP, you may refer to this http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc962093.aspx, see the table 16.2.

    Hope it helps.

    Helen Zhou

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    Friday, October 1, 2010 9:03 AM