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WinInet Registry Settings

Windows Mobile 6.5
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4/8/2010

The registry stores information necessary to configure the system for applications and hardware devices. The registry also contains information that the operating system continually references during operation. The following registry settings are the default values.

For authentication support, add a subkey to the registry under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Security key, specifying the authentication scheme, for example, kerberos. A string value, DLLFile, should contain the name of the DLL that supports the authentication scheme. A DWORD value, Flags, should be set with the appropriate value.

The following table shows the possible settings for the Flags value.

Flag value Description

PLUGIN_AUTH_FLAGS_UNIQUE_CONTEXT_PER_TCPIP (value=0x01)

Each TCP/IP socket contains a different context. Otherwise, a new context is passed for each realm or block URL template.

PLUGIN_AUTH_FLAGS_CAN_HANDLE_UI (value=0x02)

This DLL can handle its own user input.

PLUGIN_AUTH_FLAGS_CAN_HANDLE_NO_PASSWD (value=0x04)

This DLL might be capable of doing an authentication without prompting the user for a password.

PLUGIN_AUTH_FLAGS_NO_REALM (value=0x08)

This DLL does not use a standard HTTP realm string. Any data that appears to be a realm is scheme-specific.

PLUGIN_AUTH_FLAGS_KEEP_ALIVE_NOT_REQUIRED (value=0x10)

This DLL does not require a persistent connection for its challenge-response sequence.

The following settings in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Security\Kerberos registry subkey enable Kerberos authentication.

Value : type Description

SecurityName : REG_SZ

"Kerberos Authentication"

DLLFile : REG_SZ

"wininet.dll"

SchemeList : REG_SZ

"Kerberos"

Flags : REG_DWORD

0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00

The following settings in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Security\Basic registry key enable Basic authentication.

Value : type Description

SecurityName : REG_SZ

"Basic Authentication"

DLLFile : REG_SZ

"wininet.dll"

SchemeList : REG_SZ

"Basic"

Flags : REG_DWORD

0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00

The following registry settings enable NTLM authentication support in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Security\NTLM registry key:

Value : type Description

SecurityName : REG_SZ

"NTLM SSPI Authentication"

DLLFile : REG_SZ

"ntlmssp.dll"

SchemeList : REG_SZ

"NTLM"

Flags : REG_DWORD

0x08,0x00,0x00,0x00

The following registry settings enable NTLM authentication support in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings registry key.

Value : type Description

EnableNegotiate : REG_DWORD

Default setting is 0, which indicates that NTLM is used without negotiation. Set to 1 to enable Kerberos authentication.

EnableHttp1_1 : REG_DWORD

Default setting is 1.

ProxyHttp1.1 : REG_DWORD

Default setting is 1.

ReplaceableUIModule : REG_SZ

The dynamic link library that contains customized dialog boxes. If this value present, the required setting is "wininetui.dll".

The following registry settings under the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings registry key can be used to configure HTTP username and password.

Value : type Description

DisableUserPswdForHTTP ; REG_DWORD

Default value is 1 that disables username and password in the URL.

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Setting this value to 0 is not recommended because it enables username and password in the URL. This may expose the device to potential security threats.

The following setting in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ registry key specifies when the browser should check for updated Web pages.

Value : type Description

SyncMode5 : REG_DWORD

Default value is 00000004, which instructs the browser to automatically check for updated Web pages. Other valid values are:

0: Never check for updates (always use cached page). 2: Check for updates once per session. 3: Always check for updates.

The following settings in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders registry key define cache paths.

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On a per-user cache system, the UserName (value of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Ident key) is part of the cache path.

Value : type Description

Cache : REG_SZ

The default path is \\Windows\\Profiles\\guest\\Temporary Internet Files.

Cookies : REG_SZ

The default path is \\Windows\\Profiles\\guest\\Cookies.

History : REG_SZ

The default path is \\Windows\\Profiles\\guest\\History.

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When Internet Explorer Mobile starts to run it will assume that the cache folder is a system folder and make it hidden.

The following settings in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\5.0\Cache registry key and subkeys specify initial cache limits, in kilobytes.

[Subkey\]Value : type Description

Signature : REG_SZ

"Client UrlCache MMF Ver 4.7"

QuotaAdjustCheck : REG_DWORD

Default setting is 00000001, which represents the minimum cache size of 256 KB. If this entry is not in the registry, the initial cache limit is 8192 KB.

Content\CachePrefix : REG_SZ

"Content:"

Content\CacheLimit : REG_DWORD

Default setting is 00000200, which represents a cache size of 512 KB.

Cookies\CachePrefix : REG_SZ

"Cookie:"

Cookies\CacheLimit : REG_DWORD

Default setting is 00000100, which represents a cache size of 256 KB.

History\CachePrefix : REG_SZ

"Visited:"

History\CacheLimit : REG_DWORD

Default setting is 00000100, which represents a cache size of 256 KB.

The following settings in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\URL\Prefixes registry specify default Internet protocols to use when the user has not specified one.

Value : type Description

ftp : REG_SZ

"ftp://"

home : REG_SZ

"http://"

www : REG_SZ

"http://"

The following setting in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ registry key specifies how the browser should connect to the Internet.

Value : type Description

EnableAutodial : REG_DWORD

Set to 0 to connect to the Internet over a LAN by default.

ReceiveTimeOut : DWORD

The default value is 60 minutes.

Represents the wait time to receive responses from a server.

KeepAliveTimeout : DWORD

The default value is 1 minute.

This registry key can be used to change the connection KeepAliveTimeout.

Privacy settings are stored according to the security zone and are located under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\<Zone ID> key. The <Zone ID> key is the security zone identifier — 1, 2, 3, or 4 — that represents Local intranet, Trusted sites, Internet, and Restricted sites, respectively. Privacy templates for the Internet zone correspond to the Medium privacy level and privacy templates for the Restricted sites zone correspond to Block All Cookies level. Templates for Local intranet and Trusted sites zones are not specified. The following setting in the <Zone ID> key specifies the use of P3P policy.

Value : type Description

1A10 : REG_DWORD

Determines how P3P policy evaluation is performed. It can be set to one of the following values:

  • 0 (URLPOLICY_ALLOW) - Accepts all cookies. Default value for Local intranet and Trusted sites.
  • 1 (URLPOLICY_QUERY) - Cookie action is determined by evaluating the P3P policy against the restrictions imposed by the corresponding privacy template. Default value for the Internet zone.
  • 3 (URLPOLICY_DISALLOW) - Rejects all cookies. Default value for the Restricted zone.

If this value is not set, then cookies are rejected.

A binary representation of a privacy template for first-party cookies is stored as a value of {AEBA21FA-782A-4A90-978D-B72164C80120}. For third-party cookies, it is stored as a value of {A8A88C49-5EB2-4990-A1A2-0876022C854F}. If a security zone does not have privacy template data in the registry or the registry data cannot be converted to a properly formatted privacy template then the default behavior for this zone is to accept and send all cookies.

For more information about P3P, see Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P).

Advanced privacy templates are stored under the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings key. The following value in the Internet Settings key determines if an advanced or a custom template is used.

Value : type Description

PrivacyAdvanced: REG_DWORD

Determines whether advanced or custom settings are applied in the Advanced Privacy Settings dialog box. It can be set to one of the following values:

  • 0 - Advanced or custom settings are not applied.
  • 1 - Advanced or custom settings are applied.

To handle site-by-site cookies, per-domain cookie decisions are stored under the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\P3P\History\<domain> key. The domains are added to the registry by WinInet when the user adds sites by using the Per Site Privacy Actions dialog box.

The default value of the <domain> key stores the decision value. The following table shows the possible values.

Value Description

REG_DWORD: 1 (COOKIE_STATE_ACCEPT)

Accept all cookies from this site.

REG_DWORD: 5 (COOKIE_STATE_REJECT)

Reject all cookies from this site.

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The site settings can be modified by using the Internet Options in the control panel or by using the Privacy Functions.

The following setting in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Connections registry key specifies the proxy settings.

Value : type Description

DefaultConnectionSettings: REG_BINARY

Use the proxy settings for your network.

To set and retrieve proxy settings in the registry, use the InternetSetOption and InternetQueryOption WinInet functions, respectively. The following list shows the parameter values to pass:

  • hInternet, pass NULL to set the proxy settings for all sessions. This writes to the registry.
  • dwOption, set to INTERNET_OPTION_PROXY.
  • lpBuffer, point to the structure of type INTERNET_PROXY_INFO. This is defined in wininet.h.
  • dwBufferLength, set to the size of INTERNET_PROXY_INFO.

InternetQueryOption retrieves proxy setting in lpBuffer.

The following settings in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings key and subkeys specify information about the Internet client.

Value Description

\5.0\User Agent\Version : REG_SZ

"MSIE 5.5"

\5.0\User Agent\Template : REG_SZ

The default setting is “Default (Windows CE).” It can also be set to “Same as Windows XP” or “Same as Pocket PC.”

\5.0\User Agent\Pre Platform

Enter additional information about your OS design in this subkey.

\5.0\User Agent\Post Platform

Enter additional information about the Internet client, such as browser screen size, in this subkey.

Platform : REG_SZ

"Windows Embedded CE"

UA-Language : REG_SZ

"JavaScript"

MinorVersion : REG_SZ

"CE.NET"

The following settings in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Debug key specify debug controls for the WinInet debug engine.

Value Description

WininetError : REG_SZ

Corresponds to the Err option that specifies the error control flags.

WininetControl : REG_SZ

Corresponds to the Ctl option that controls the debug output.

WininetCategory : REG_SZ

Corresponds to the Cat option that specifies the debug categories.

WininetBreak : REG_SZ

Corresponds to the Break option that breaks into the debugger.

WininetLogIndent : REG_SZ

Corresponds to the Indent option that sets the indent for the debug output.

WininetLogFile : REG_SZ

Corresponds to the File option that specifies the name of the file to which the debug output is redirected.

WininetDebugging : REG_SZ

Determines whether the WinInet debug engine is active.

  • "1" - Enables the debug engine.
  • "0" - Disables the debug engine. All of the debug control options are ignored.

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