Object Access Event: 4657

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Account Management » Object Access Event: 4657

Event ID 4657 – A Registry Value Was Modified

Event ID 4657
Category Object Access
Sub-Category Audit Registry
Type Success Audit
Description A registry value was successfully modified.

If a registry key value is modified, then event ID 4657 is logged. A subtle note of importance is that it is triggered only if a key value is modified, not the key itself. Further, this event is logged only if the auditing feature is set for the registry key in its SACL.

This log data provides the following information:

  • Security ID
  • Account Name
  • Account Domain
  • Object Name
  • Object Value Name
  • Handle ID
  • Operation Type
  • Process ID
  • Process Name
  • Old Value Type
  • Old Value
  • New Value Type
  • New Value

Why does event ID 4657 need to be monitored?

  • To monitor unauthorized and restricted processes which change registry key values
  • To ensure that no critical or sensitive registry key is being modified
  • To monitor actions of high value accounts
  • To detect anomalies and malicious actions
  • To ensure non-active, external, and restricted accounts are not used
  • To ensure that only white-listed accounts perform certain specific actions
  • To enforce conventions and compliances

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Event 4657 applies to the following operating systems:

  • Windows 2008 R2 and 7
  • Windows 2012 R2 and 8.1
  • Windows 2016 and 10

Corresponding event in Windows 2003 and before: 567.

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