TLS 1.0 and 1.1 deprecation for Office 365

As of October 31, 2018, the Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1 protocols are deprecated for the Office 365 service. The effect for end-users is expected to be minimal. This change was publicized for almost two years, with the first public announcement made in December 2017. This article is only intended to cover the Office 365 local client in relation to the Office 365 service but can also apply to on-premises TLS issues with Office, Office Online Server/Office Web Apps, and SharePoint.

Note This article also applies to the following:

  • Office 365 ProPlus

  • Office 365 Business

  • Office 365 Personal

Office and TLS overview  

The Office client relies on the Windows web service (WINHTTP) to send and receive traffic over TLS protocols. The Office client can use TLS 1.2 if the web service of the local computer can use TLS 1.2. All Office clients can use TLS protocols, as TLS and SSL protocols are part of the operating system and not specific to the Office client.

On Windows 8 and later versions

By default, the TLS 1.2 and 1.1 protocols are available if no network devices are configured to reject TLS 1.2 traffic.

On Windows 7

TLS 1.1 and 1.2 protocols are not available without the KB 3140245 update. The update addresses this issue and adds the following registry sub key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\WinHttp

Note Windows 7 users who do not have this update are affected as of October 31, 2018. KB 3140245 has details about how to change WINHTTP settings to enable TLS protocols. 

More information

The value of the DefaultSecureProtocols registry key that the KB article describes determines which network protocols can be used:

DefaultSecureProtocols Value

Protocol enabled

0x00000008

Enable SSL 2.0 by default

0x00000020

Enable SSL 3.0 by default

0x00000080

Enable TLS 1.0 by default

0x00000200

Enable TLS 1.1 by default

0x00000800

Enable TLS 1.2 by default

Office clients and TLS registry keys

You can refer to KB 4057306 Preparing for the mandatory use of TLS 1.2 in Office 365. This is a general article for IT administrators, and it's official documentation about the TLS 1.2 change.

The following table shows the appropriate registry key values in Office 365 clients after October 31, 2018.  

Enabled protocols for Office 365 service after October 31, 2018

Hexadecimal value

TLS 1.0 + 1.1 + 1.2

0x00000A80

TLS 1.1 + 1.2

0x00000A00

TLS 1.0 + 1.2

0x00000880

TLS 1.2

0x00000800

Important We don't recommend that you use the SSL 2.0 and 3.0 protocols, which can also be set by using the DefaultSecureProtocols key. SSL 2.0 and 3.0 are considered deprecated protocols. The best practice is to end the use of SSL 2.0 and SSL 3.0, although the decision to do this ultimately depends on what best meets your product needs. For more information about SSL 3.0 vulnerabilities, refer to KB 3009008.

You can use the default Windows Calculator in Programmer mode to set up the same reference registry key values. For more information, see KB 3140245 Update to enable TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2 as a default secure protocols in WinHTTP in Windows

Regardless if the Windows 7 update (KB 3140245) is installed or not, the DefaultSecureProtocols registry sub key isn't present and must be added manually or through a group policy object (GPO). That is, unless you have to customize what secure protocols are enabled or restricted, this key is not required. You only need the Windows 7 SP1 (KB 3140245) update. 

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