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WEBSERVICE Function Notification in Excel must be configured to disable all, with notifications.


Overview

Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-223335 O365-EX-000026 SV-223335r508019_rule Medium
Description
This policy setting controls how Excel will warn users when WEBSERVICE functions are present. If you enable this policy setting, you can choose from three options for determining how the specified applications will warn the user about WEBSERVICE functions: - Disable all with notification: The application displays the Trust Bar for all WEBSERVICE functions. This option enforces the default configuration in Office. - Disable all without notification: The application disables all WEBSERVICE functions and does not notify users. - Enable all WEBSERVICE functions (not recommended): The application enables all WEBSERVICE functions and does not notify users. This option can significantly reduce security by allowing information disclosure to third-party web services. If you disable this policy setting, the “Disable all with notification” will be the default setting. If you do not configure this policy setting, when users open workbooks that contain WEBSERVICE functions, Excel will open the files with the WEBSERVICE functions disabled and display the Trust Bar with a warning that WEBSERVICE functions are present and have been disabled. Users can inspect and edit the files if appropriate, but cannot use any disabled functionality until they enable it by clicking "Enable Content" on the Trust Bar. If the user clicks "Enable Content," then the document is added as a trusted document.
STIG Date
Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-06-17

Details

Check Text ( C-25008r442224_chk )
Verify the policy value for User Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Microsoft Excel 2016 >> Excel Options >> Security >> WEBSERVICE Function Notification Settings is set to "Enabled" and "Disable all with notification".

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

HKCU\software\policies\microsoft\office\16.0\excel\security

If the value webservicefunctionwarnings does not exist, this is not a finding.

If the value for webservicefunctionwarnings is REG_DWORD = 1, this is not a finding.

If the value for webservicefunctionwarnings is REG_DWORD = 2, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-24996r442225_fix)
Set policy value for User Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Microsoft Excel 2016 >> Excel Options >> Security >> WEBSERVICE Function Notification Settings to "Enabled" and "Disable all with notification".