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Word 2 and earlier binary documents and templates must be blocked for open/save.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-26653 DTOO333 SV-53590r1_rule ECSC-1 Medium
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 vulnerability becomes publicly known and a software update or service pack is available) by temporarily preventing users from opening specific types of files and to prevent a user from opening files that have been saved in earlier and pre-release (beta) Microsoft Office formats.
Microsoft Word 2013 STIG 2015-04-13


Check Text ( None )
Fix Text (F-46514r1_fix)
Set the policy value for User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Microsoft Word 2013 -> Word Options -> Security -> Trust Center -> File Block Settings "Word 2 and earlier binary documents and templates" to "Enabled: Open/Save blocked, use open policy".