Microsoft Office System 2007 Security Technical Implementation Guide

V4R15 2017-10-02       U_MS_OfficeSystem_2007_STIG_V4R15_Manual-xccdf.xml
V4R11 2014-01-07       U_MicrosoftOfficeSystem2007_V4R11_Manual-xccdf.xml
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Findings ID: DTOO181 - Office Rule ID: SV-18661r1_rule Severity: low CCI: CCI-000366

Discussion

Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007, and Word 2007 can save graphic files in Portable Network Graphics (PNG) format to improve the quality of the graphics when documents are saved as Web pages. The PNG graphic file format (.png) is used for a wide range of graphics, from small images (such as bullets and banners) to complex images (such as photographs), and can offer better image fidelity and smaller file sizes than some other formats. However, PNG graphics cannot be displayed by many earlier Web browsers, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer® version 5 or earlier.
By default, Office applications do not save graphics in the PNG format. To change this functionality, users can open the application's Options dialog box, click Advanced, click Web Options, and then select the Allow PNG as a graphics format check box.
This setting can be used to guard against theoretical future zero-day attacks that might target PNG files.
System AdministratorInformation Assurance Officer
ECSC-1

Checks

The policy value for User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Microsoft Office 2007 system -> Tools \ Options \ General \ Web Options -> Browsers “Allow PNG as an output format” will be set to “Disabled”.

Procedure: Use the Windows Registry Editor to navigate to the following key:

HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Common\Internet

Criteria: If the value AllowPNG is REG_DWORD = 0, this is not a finding.

Fix

The policy value for User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Microsoft Office 2007 system -> Tools \ Options \ General \ Web Options -> Browsers “Allow PNG as an output format” will be set to “Disabled”.

"Note: Group Policy Administrative Templates are available from the www.microsoft.com download site. The MS Office 2007 System (Office12.adm) is included in the AdminTemplates.exe file. This template provides the
mechanisms to incorporate Microsoft Office 2007 System policies via the Microsoft Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc)."

"Note: If the Microsoft Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) is not used to incorporate the remediation to this vulnerability the Microsoft Registry Editor (regedit.exe) may be used to create the registry key and value required."