Microsoft Word 2013 STIG

The Microsoft Word 2013 Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) is published as a tool to improve the security of Department of Defense (DoD) information systems. Comments or proposed revisions to this document should be sent via e-mail to the following address: [email protected]

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Version / Release: V1R6

Published: 2018-04-04

Updated At: 2018-09-23 19:15:07

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    Vuln Rule Version CCI Severity Title Description Status Finding Details Comments
    SV-53554r1_rule DTOO104 CCI-001170 MEDIUM Disabling of user name and password syntax from being used in URLs must be enforced. The Uniform Resource Locator (URL) standard allows user authentication to be included in URL strings in the form http://username:[email protected] A malicious user might use this URL syntax to create a hyperlink that appears to open a legitimate websi
    SV-53557r1_rule DTOO111 CCI-001695 MEDIUM The Internet Explorer Bind to Object functionality must be enabled. Internet Explorer performs a number of safety checks before initializing an ActiveX control. It will not initialize a control if the kill bit for the control is set in the registry, or if the security settings for the zone in which the control is located
    SV-53558r1_rule DTOO117 CCI-001170 MEDIUM The Saved from URL mark must be selected to enforce Internet zone processing. Typically, when Internet Explorer loads a web page from a Universal Naming Convention (UNC) share that contains a Mark of the Web (MOTW) comment, indicating the page was saved from a site on the Internet, Internet Explorer runs the page in the Internet se
    SV-53561r1_rule DTOO123 CCI-001170 MEDIUM Navigation to URLs embedded in Office products must be blocked. To protect users from attacks, Internet Explorer usually does not attempt to load malformed URLs. This functionality can be controlled separately for instances of Internet Explorer spawned by Office applications (for example, if a user clicks a link in an
    SV-53565r1_rule DTOO129 CCI-001662 MEDIUM Links that invoke instances of Internet Explorer from within an Office product must be blocked. The Pop-up Blocker feature in Internet Explorer can be used to block most unwanted pop-up and pop-under windows from appearing. This functionality can be controlled separately for instances of Internet Explorer spawned by Office applications (for example,
    SV-53566r1_rule DTOO131 CCI-001749 MEDIUM Trust Bar Notifications for unsigned application add-ins must be blocked. If an application is configured to require all add-ins to be signed by a trusted publisher, any unsigned add-ins the application loads will be disabled and the application will display the Trust Bar at the top of the active window. The Trust Bar contains
    SV-53571r1_rule DTOO133 CCI-001170 MEDIUM All automatic loading from trusted locations must be disabled. Trusted locations specified in the Trust Center are used to define file locations assumed to be safe. Content, code, and add-ins are allowed to load from trusted locations with a minimal amount of security, without prompting the users for permission. If a
    SV-53575r1_rule DTOO142 CCI-001170 MEDIUM Force encrypted macros to be scanned in open XML documents must be determined and configured. When an Office Open XML document (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) is rights-managed, or password-protected, any macros embedded in the document are encrypted along with the rest of the contents. By default, these encrypted macros will be disabled unless the
    SV-53572r1_rule DTOO134 CCI-001170 MEDIUM Disallowance of trusted locations on the network must be enforced. Files located in Trusted Locations and specified in the Trust Center are typically assumed to be safe. Content, code, and add-ins are allowed to load from Trusted Locations with minimal security and without prompting the user for permission. By default, u
    SV-53574r1_rule DTOO139 CCI-000381 MEDIUM The Save commands default file format must be configured. When users create new document files, Word 2013 saves them in the new Word 2013 .docx format. Ensure this setting is enabled to specify that all new files are created in Word 2013. If a new document is created in an earlier format, some users may not be
    SV-53576r1_rule DTOO146 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Trust access for VBA must be disallowed. VSTO projects require access to the Visual Basic for Applications project system in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word, even though the projects do not use Visual Basic for Applications. Design-time support of controls in both Visual Basic and C# projects depend
    SV-53586r2_rule DTOO304 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Warning Bar settings for VBA macros must be configured. When users open files containing VBA macros, applications open the files with the macros disabled and display the Trust Bar with a warning that macros are present and have been disabled. Users may then enable these macros by clicking Options on the Trust
    SV-53584r1_rule DTOO302 CCI-001170 MEDIUM The automatically update links feature must be disabled. When users open documents Word automatically updates any links to external content, such as graphics, Excel worksheets, and PowerPoint slides. To disable automatic updating, the user can click the Office Button, click Word Options, click Advanced, scroll
    SV-53585r2_rule DTOO303 CCI-000366 MEDIUM A warning before printing that the document contains tracking changes must be provided. Tracked changes or comments embedded within a document may contain sensitive, insulting, or embarrassing information that the document owner forgot, or that a contributor may have inserted.System AdministratorInformation Assurance Officer
    SV-53563r1_rule DTOO126 CCI-001662 MEDIUM Add-on Management functionality must be allowed. Internet Explorer add-ons are pieces of code, run in Internet Explorer, to provide additional functionality. Rogue add-ons may contain viruses or other malicious code. Disabling or not configuring this setting could allow malicious code or users to become
    SV-53577r1_rule DTOO209 CCI-001695 MEDIUM Protection from zone elevation must be enforced. Internet Explorer places restrictions on each web page users can use the browser to open. Web pages on a user's local computer have the fewest security restrictions and reside in the Local Machine zone, making this security zone a prime target for malicio
    SV-53578r1_rule DTOO211 CCI-002460 MEDIUM ActiveX Installs must be configured for proper restriction. Microsoft ActiveX controls allow unmanaged, unprotected code to run on the user computers. ActiveX controls do not run within a protected container in the browser like the other types of HTML or Microsoft Silverlight-based controls. Disabling or not confi
    SV-53568r1_rule DTOO132 CCI-001169 MEDIUM File Downloads must be configured for proper restrictions. Disabling this setting allows websites to present file download prompts via code without the user specifically initiating the download. User preferences may also allow the download to occur without prompting or interaction with the user. Even if Interne
    SV-53562r1_rule DTOO124 CCI-001695 MEDIUM Scripted Window Security must be enforced. Malicious websites often try to confuse or trick users into giving a site permission to perform an action allowing the site to take control of the users' computers in some manner. Disabling or not configuring this setting allows unknown websites to: -Crea
    SV-53564r1_rule DTOO127 CCI-001749 MEDIUM Add-ins to Office applications must be signed by a Trusted Publisher. Office 2013 applications do not check the digital signature on application add-ins before opening them. Disabling or not configuring this setting may allow an application to load a dangerous add-in. As a result, malicious code could become active on use
    SV-53559r1_rule DTOO119 CCI-001695 MEDIUM Configuration for file validation must be enforced. Office File Validation helps detect and prevent a kind of exploit known as a file format attack or file fuzzing attack. File format attacks exploit the integrity of a file. They occur when someone modifies the structure of a file with the intent of adding
    SV-53555r1_rule DTOO110 CCI-001662 MEDIUM Blocking as default file block opening behavior must be enforced. Users can open, view, or edit a large number of file types in Office 2013. Some file types are safer than others, as some could allow malicious code to become active on user computers or the network. For this reason, disabling or not configuring this se
    SV-53560r1_rule DTOO121 CCI-001662 MEDIUM Files from the Internet zone must be opened in Protected View. This policy setting allows for determining if files downloaded from the Internet zone open in Protected View. If enabling this policy setting, files downloaded from the Internet zone do not open in Protected View. If disabling or not configuring this poli
    SV-53579r1_rule DTOO288 CCI-001170 MEDIUM Files in unsafe locations must be opened in Protected View. This policy setting determines if files located in unsafe locations will open in Protected View. If unsafe locations have not been specified, only the "Downloaded Program Files" and "Temporary Internet Files" folders are considered unsafe locations. If en
    SV-53581r1_rule DTOO292 CCI-001170 MEDIUM Document behavior if file validation fails must be set. This policy key controls the behavior of how Office documents should be handled when failing file validation. By requiring such documents to be opened in Protected View, any potentially malicious code would be disabled, allowing the user to edit the docum
    SV-53582r1_rule DTOO293 CCI-001170 MEDIUM Attachments opened from Outlook must be in Protected View. This policy setting allows for determining if Word files in Outlook attachments open in Protected View. If enabling this policy setting, Outlook attachments do not open in Protected View. If disabling or not configuring this policy setting, Outlook attach
    SV-53588r2_rule DTOO328 CCI-001170 MEDIUM Online translation dictionaries must not be used. This setting allows you to prevent online dictionaries from being used for the translation of text through the Research pane.System AdministratorInformation Assurance Officer
    SV-53590r1_rule DTOO333 CCI-001662 MEDIUM Word 2 and earlier binary documents and templates must be blocked for open/save. This setting specifies whether users can open, view, edit, or save Word files saved in the specified format. Enabling block of the specified format mitigates zero-day security attacks (which are attacks that occur during between the time that a vulnerabil
    SV-53591r1_rule DTOO334 CCI-001662 MEDIUM Word 2000 binary documents and templates must be configured to edit in protected view. This setting specifies whether users can open, view, edit, or save files saved in the specified format. Enabling the editing of the specified format in protected view, it mitigates zero-day security attacks (which are attacks that occur during between the
    SV-53593r1_rule DTOO336 CCI-001662 MEDIUM Word 6.0 binary documents and templates must be configured for block open/save actions. This setting specifies whether users can open, view, edit, or save Word files saved in the specified format. Enabling block of the specified format mitigates zero-day security attacks (which are attacks that occur during between the time that a vulnerabil
    SV-53594r1_rule DTOO337 CCI-001662 MEDIUM Word 95 binary documents and templates must be configured to edit in protected view. This setting specifies whether users can open, view, edit, or save files saved in the specified format. Enabling the editing of the specified format in protected view, it mitigates zero-day security attacks (which are attacks that occur during between the
    SV-53595r1_rule DTOO338 CCI-001662 MEDIUM Word 97 binary documents and templates must be configured to edit in protected view. This setting specifies whether users can open, view, edit, or save files saved in the specified format. Enabling the editing of the specified format in protected view, it mitigates zero-day security attacks (which are attacks that occur during between the
    SV-55922r1_rule DTOO339 CCI-001662 MEDIUM Word XP binary documents and templates must be configured to edit in protected view. This setting specifies whether users can open, view, edit, or save files saved in the specified format. Enabling the editing of the specified format in protected view, it mitigates zero-day security attacks (which are attacks that occur during between the
    SV-53598r1_rule DTOO426 CCI-000366 MEDIUM Word must be configured to warn when opening a document with custom XML markup. This policy setting specifies how Word behaves when opening a document that contains custom XML markup. Versions of Word that are distributed by Microsoft after January 10, 2010 no longer read the custom XML markup that may be contained within (.docx, .do
    SV-87481r1_rule DTOO600 CCI-001170 MEDIUM Macros must be blocked from running in Office 2013 files from the Internet. This policy setting allows you to block macros from running in Office files that come from the Internet. If you enable this policy setting, macros are blocked from running, even if 'Enable all macro's is selected in the Macro Settings section of the Trust