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Consistent MIME handling must be enabled for all Office 365 ProPlus programs.


Overview

Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-223297 O365-CO-000015 SV-223297r822362_rule Medium
Description
Encryption is only as good as the encryption modules utilized. Unapproved cryptographic module algorithms cannot be verified and cannot be relied on to provide confidentiality or integrity, and DoD data may be compromised due to weak algorithms. The use of TLS provides confidentiality of data in transit between the application server and client. FIPS 140-2 approved TLS versions include TLS V1.0 or greater. TLS must be enabled and non-FIPS-approved SSL versions must be disabled. NIST SP 800-52 specifies the preferred configurations for government systems.
STIG Date
Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-06-17

Details

Check Text ( C-24970r822361_chk )
Verify the policy value for Computer Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Microsoft Office 2016 (Machine) >> Security Settings >> IE Security >> Consistent Mime Handling is set to "Enabled" and the check box is selected for every installed Office program.

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

HKLM\software\microsoft\internet explorer\main\featurecontrol\feature_mime_handling

If the value for all installed Office programs is set to is REG_DWORD=1, this is not a finding.
Fix Text (F-24958r442111_fix)
Set the policy value for Computer Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Microsoft Office 2016 (Machine) >> Security Settings >> IE Security "Consistent Mime Handling" to "Enabled" and select the check boxes for all installed Office programs.