Disable 'Allow Basic authentication' for WinRM Client

Check whether the Windows Remote Management (WinRM) client uses Basic authentication.

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Potential risk

Basic authentication uses plain text passwords that could be used by an attacker to compromise a system.

Remediation options

Option 1 - Set the following Group Policy:

Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Remote Management (WinRM)\WinRM Client\Allow Basic authentication

To the following value: Disabled

Option 2 - Set the following registry value:


To the following REG_DWORD value: 0