We received an audit from our local cyber security team in which one of our servers displays "Insufficient Transport Layer Protection".

According to their description:

" DESCRIPTION: The server supports the following weak ciphers:


    These ciphers are known to have cryptographic weaknesses that make them unsuitable for use in SSL/TLS. "

The solution they've provided are as follows:

" SOLUTION: We recommend disabling support for the export and null cipher suites, as well as cipher suites using RC4/3DES. Instead, we suggest AES128-SHA for TLS 1.0 and 1.1, and AES128-GCM-SHA256 for TLS 1.2. "

In an attempt to rectify this, this is what I have done so far:

  1. Run -> gpedit.msc -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Network -> SSL Configuration Settings
  2. Clicked on SSL Cipher Suite Order
  3. Clicked on radio button "Enabled"
  4. Replaced the string of supported cipher suites with this one:


  5. Rebooted server and ran retest using nmap utility application.

We ran a retest on our server, and it appears the vulnerability is still outgoing:

Image of nmap result

Our box is a Windows 2008 R2 server.

Is there another method on how to solve this issue?

1 Answer 1


the new cipher suite string you installed still has 3DES ciphers in it. Get rid of anything in the list with the word DES.

  • Awesome, a second pair of eyes always seems to help. I should have double checked the list of cipher suites that was given to us, thank you for pointing this out to me. Cheers Aug 14, 2017 at 19:40

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