Windows Security Log Event ID 4658

Operating Systems Windows 2008 R2 and 7
Windows 2012 R2 and 8.1
Windows 2016 and 10
Category
 • Subcategory
Object Access
 • File System
 • Registry
 • SAM
 • Handle Manipulation
 • Other Object Access Events
Type Success
Corresponding events
in Windows 2003
and before
562  
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4658: The handle to an object was closed

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This event is logged by multiple subcategories as indicated above.

(it appears that two subcategories must be enabled, Handle Manipulation and one other such as File System or Registry depending on what type of object you are auditing.)


After successfully opening an object, a program eventually closes it which is documented by this event.  4658 helps you determine how long the object was open. For this event to be useful you must link it back to the earlier event ID 4656 with the same handle ID.

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Description Fields in 4658

Subject:

The user and logon session that opened and now closed the object.

  • Security ID:  The SID of the account.
  • Account Name: The account logon name.
  • Account Domain: The domain or - in the case of local accounts - computer name.
  • Logon ID is a semi-unique (unique between reboots) number that identifies the logon session.  Logon ID allows you to correlate backwards to the logon event (4624) as well as with other events logged during the same logon session.

Object:

This is the object upon whom the action was attempted. 

  • Object Server: always "Security"
  • Handle ID: is a semi-unique (unique between reboots) number that identifies all subsequent audited events while the object is open.  Handle ID allows you to correlate to other events logged (Open 4656, Access 4663, Close 4658

Process Information:

Process ID is the process ID specified when the executable started as logged in 4688. The Process Name identifies the program executable that accessed the object. 

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Examples of 4658

The handle to an object was closed.
Subject :
   Security ID:  WIN-R9H529RIO4Y\Administrator
   Account Name:  Administrator
   Account Domain:  WIN-R9H529RIO4Y
   Logon ID:  0x1fd23

Object:
   Object Server:  Security
   Handle ID:  0xb8

Process Information:
   Process ID:  0xed0
   Process Name:  C:\Windows\System32\notepad.exe

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