Microsoft Word 2016 Security Technical Implementation Guide

The Microsoft Word 2016 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: V1R1

Published: 2016-11-02

Updated At: 2018-09-23 19:15:24

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    Vuln Rule Version CCI Severity Title Description Status Finding Details Comments
    SV-85665r1_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-85667r1_rule DTOO110 CCI-001662 MEDIUM Blocking as default file block opening behavior must be enforced. This policy setting allows you to determine if users can open, view, or edit Word files. If you enable this policy setting, you can set one of these options:- Blocked files are not opened- Blocked files open in Protected View and can not be edited- Blocke
    SV-85669r1_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-85671r1_rule DTOO117 CCI-001170 MEDIUM Saved from URL mark to assure Internet zone processing must be enforced. 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-85673r1_rule DTOO119 CCI-001695 MEDIUM Configuration for file validation must be enforced. This policy setting allows you to turn off the file validation feature. If you enable this policy setting, file validation will be turned off. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, file validation will be turned on. Office Binary Docume
    SV-85675r1_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-85677r1_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-85679r1_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-85681r1_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-85683r1_rule DTOO127 CCI-001749 MEDIUM Add-ins to Office applications must be signed by a Trusted Publisher. This policy setting controls whether add-ins for this applications must be digitally signed by a trusted publisher. If you enable this policy setting, this application checks the digital signature for each add-in before loading it. If an add-in does not h
    SV-85685r1_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-85687r1_rule DTOO131 CCI-001749 MEDIUM Trust Bar Notifications for unsigned application add-ins must be blocked. This policy setting controls whether the specified Office application notifies users when unsigned application add-ins are loaded or silently disable such add-ins without notification. This policy setting only applies if you enable the "Require that appli
    SV-85689r1_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 Internet
    SV-85691r1_rule DTOO133 CCI-001170 MEDIUM All automatic loading from trusted locations must be disabled. This policy setting allows administrators to disable all trusted locations in the specified applications. Trusted locations specified in the Trust Center are used to define file locations that are assumed to be safe. Content, code, and add-ins are allowed
    SV-85693r1_rule DTOO134 CCI-001170 MEDIUM Disallowance of trusted locations on the network must be enforced. This policy setting controls whether trusted locations on the network can be used. If you enable this policy setting, users can specify trusted locations on network shares or in other remote locations that are not under their direct control by clicking th
    SV-85695r1_rule DTOO139 CCI-000381 MEDIUM The Save commands default file format must be configured. This policy setting determines the default file format for saving files in Word. If you enable this policy setting, you can set the default file format from among the following options: - Word Document (*.docx): This option is the default configuration in
    SV-85697r1_rule DTOO142 CCI-001170 MEDIUM Force encrypted macros to be scanned in open XML documents must be determined and configured. This policy setting controls whether encrypted macros in Open XML documents be are required to be scanned with anti-virus software before being opened. If you enable this policy setting, you may choose one of these options:- Scan encrypted macros: encrypt
    SV-85699r1_rule DTOO146 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Trust access for VBA must be disallowed. This policy setting controls whether automation clients such as Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Microsoft Office (VSTO) can access the Visual Basic for Applications project system in the specified applications. VSTO projects require access to the V
    SV-85701r1_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-85703r1_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-85705r1_rule DTOO288 CCI-001170 MEDIUM Files in unsafe locations must be opened in Protected View. This policy setting determines whether 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.
    SV-85707r1_rule DTOO292 CCI-001170 MEDIUM Document behavior if file validation fails must be set. This policy setting controls how Office handles documents when they fail file validation. If you enable this policy setting, you can configure the following options for files that fail file validation:- Block files completely. Users cannot open the files.
    SV-85709r1_rule DTOO293 CCI-001170 MEDIUM Attachments opened from Outlook must be in Protected View. This policy setting allows for determining whether 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 a
    SV-85711r1_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-85713r1_rule DTOO304 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Warning Bar settings for VBA macros must be configured. This policy setting controls how the specified applications warn users when Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macros are present. If you enable this policy setting, you can choose from four options for determining how the specified applications will war
    SV-85715r1_rule DTOO328 CCI-001170 MEDIUM Online translation dictionaries must not be used. This policy setting allows you to prevent online dictionaries from being used for the translation of text through the Research pane. If you enable or do not configure this policy setting, the online dictionaries can be used to translate text through the R
    SV-85717r1_rule DTOO333 CCI-001662 MEDIUM Word 2 and earlier binary documents and templates must be blocked for open/save. This policy setting allows you to determine whether users can open, view, edit, or save Word files with the format specified by the title of this policy setting. If you enable this policy setting, you can specify whether users can open, view, edit, or sav
    SV-85719r1_rule DTOO334 CCI-001662 MEDIUM Word 2000 binary documents and templates must be configured to edit in protected view. This policy setting allows you to determine whether users can open, view, edit, or save Word files with the format specified by the title of this policy setting. If you enable this policy setting, you can specify whether users can open, view, edit, or sav
    SV-85721r1_rule DTOO336 CCI-001662 MEDIUM Word 6.0 binary documents and templates must be configured for block open/save actions. This policy setting allows you to determine whether users can open, view, edit, or save Word files with the format specified by the title of this policy setting. If you enable this policy setting, you can specify whether users can open, view, edit, or sav
    SV-85723r1_rule DTOO337 CCI-001662 MEDIUM Word 95 binary documents and templates must be configured to edit in protected view. This policy setting allows you to determine whether users can open, view, edit, or save Word files with the format specified by the title of this policy setting. If you enable this policy setting, you can specify whether users can open, view, edit, or sav
    SV-85725r1_rule DTOO338 CCI-001662 MEDIUM Word 97 binary documents and templates must be configured to edit in protected view. This policy setting allows you to determine whether users can open, view, edit, or save Word files with the format specified by the title of this policy setting. If you enable this policy setting, you can specify whether users can open, view, edit, or sav
    SV-85727r1_rule DTOO339 CCI-001662 MEDIUM Word XP binary documents and templates must be configured to edit in protected view. This policy setting allows you to determine whether users can open, view, edit, or save Word files with the format specified by the title of this policy setting. If you enable this policy setting, you can specify whether users can open, view, edit, or sav
    SV-85731r1_rule DTOO600 CCI-001170 MEDIUM Macros must be blocked from running in Office 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 Trus
    SV-86267r1_rule DTOO605 CCI-001170 MEDIUM Files on local Intranet UNC must be opened in Protected View. This policy setting lets you determine if files on local Intranet UNC file shares open in Protected View. If you enable this policy setting, files on local Intranet UNC file shares open in Protected View if their UNC paths appear to be within the Internet