Edge crashes when AppLocker is enabled with DLL enforcement rules Windows 1803

Fixed Issue #17905647


Jun 15, 2018
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What is the issue? <additional data needed on
scenario/user impacted>

AppLocker helps Enterprises manage which apps and binaries are allowed to run on devices they manage.   A string in Windows did not match the descriptor of binaries like the ones loaded by Edge, causing the applications that depend on those binaries to crash when started.

How was the issue/bug found?

This issue was reported from customers that manage Intune controlled environments and deploy/enforce AppLocker rules.


Quantify the impact of the issue - why do we need to
service this issue now?

Enterprises using Applocker will experience crashes in applications they manage, including Edge

Is the fix ready and what is it?

Yes, the fix is ready - it corrects the precompiled binary descriptor used by AppLocker policies to manage the apps that are allowed to load.

How was the fix Validated?

ENS(AppLocker)/Edge teams coordinated on functional validation to ensure AppLocker deployment and Edge scenarios did not incur regressions. 

Regression risk level of the fix

Low - The fix is narrowly scoped to categories of Apps like Edge, and therefore does not have a broad risk of regression.

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ensure that the fix works or if there are adverse effects from the fix?


Does this fix need to be backported to TH2, RS1,
RS2 or prior releases (for CBB/LTSB customers)?


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How to
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Scenario to

Deploy an AppLocker policy to a set of devices that restricts execution of applications and DLL binaries.  Ensure that the rules are enforced and effective, and that no related processes crash or fail.

Install Windows 10

Apply a domain-based Group Policy

Browse to Computer Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Application Control Policies

Right-clikc Applocker > Properties

Under Advanced
, check the box titled Enable the DLL rule collection

Apply other required polices

Once the policy has been applied, launch Edge.  


Edge should launch successfully and navigate to a URL.  Confirm that Edge does not crash.

Close Criteria

Customers can confirm successful Applocker enablement with these changes applied, then ensure that core apps like Edge can still load and run with full functionality.

Steps to reproduce the issue

  1. Install Windows 10 1803 Enterprise Edition (our tests were upgrades from 1709)
  2. Using domain-based GPO (would work for local security policy as well)
  3. Browse to Computer Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Application Control Policies
  4. Right-click ‘AppLocker’ -> Properties
  5. Under the ‘Advanced’ tab, check the box ‘Enable the DLL rule collection’
  6. Apply other policies as needed
  7. Once policy is applied to system, launch Edge. Edge will open briefly, appear to be attempting to load a page, but prevent any navigation and then crash after a few seconds.


  • Similar to issue 13758012, which actually prompted me to consider AppLocker as the culprit
  • Without DLL enforcement, Edge works. While this means that the other facets of AppLocker can be used, it does not have the same security impact as it does with DLL enforcement (yes, I know it is not considered a security boundary).
  • You must fully disable DLL enforcement for Edge to work. You cannot simply unconfigure enforcement for DLL Rules.
  • Did not have issues with Edge + DLL Enforcement in 1607, 1703, or 1709. Issue only occurred after completing the upgrade to 1803.

Error Logged

        <Provider Name="Application Error" />
        <EventID Qualifiers="0">1000</EventID>
        <TimeCreated SystemTime="2018-05-01T16:07:24.937988500Z" />
        <Security />


While I know it is highly discouraged by the Microsoft Edge team, implemeting the registry key below allows Edge to run:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Spartan]

I grabbed the value of 35 from our 1709 machines, which had that value configured through no effort of our own. It seems Windows had set that itself.

Again, as discussed in Issue 13758012, comment 13, this is an undocumented key and is not supposed to be used. Despite the strong wording, we have opted to use this key in the meantime to enable us to still have the AppLocker protection for DLLs, while allowing Edge to work. Hopefully we will be able to remove the key when/if this issue can be resolved.

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        Intune Browser Policy is causing Edge to Crash upon Launch



        When we supply a browser policy [(JSON) is attached] Edge will crash on 1803 RTM. This previously did not occur on 1709. It reporduces 100% of the time. Crash Dump is attached as well. 

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      Changed Assigned To to “Roger P.”

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      Changed Assigned To from “Rakesh P.” to “Mitch H.”

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