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User Session IDs are not recycled and CSRSS.exe sessions are not closed
Technical Articles ID:   KB75462
Last Modified:  4/7/2017


McAfee VirusScan Enterprise (VSE) 8.8 with/without Patch 1 or 2
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1


CSRSS.exe sessions have open session objects even after the active user session is closed.

The session ID is not recycled when one user logs out and another person logs in. This can cause performance issues over time.

This issue is seen only on Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 1.  


McAfee has determined that this issue is a result of Microsoft Registry Filtering API not freeing 80 bytes of ObjectContexts. These 80 bytes include references to operating system resources (a process object that inherits a session object). The open session constitutes a resource leak that has a disproportionate impact on the operating system. If user sessions are spawned and terminated in excess, it causes in an equally large number of sessions that are not closed. This number increases until it impacts the operating system.

As part of its Access Protection feature, VSE 8.8 must use the Registry Filtering API to protect the registry. When the Access Protection feature is enabled, bad behavior is exposed in Microsoft Registry Filtering API.


This issue is resolved with VSE 8.8 Patch 4. Patches are cumulative; Technical Support recommends that you install the latest one. 

NOTE: Although VSE 8.8 Patch 3 includes the code to resolve the issue, VSE 8.8 P3 was released to provide support only for Windows 8 and Windows 2012, and installs only to these two operating systems.

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