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When an untrusted program attempts to programmatically access an Address Book using the Outlook object model, Outlook must automatically deny it.


Overview

Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-223366 O365-OU-000021 SV-223366r508019_rule Medium
Description
This policy setting controls what happens when an untrusted program attempts to gain access to an Address Book using the Outlook object model. If you enable this policy setting, you can choose from four different options when an untrusted program attempts to programmatically access an Address Book using the Outlook object model: - Prompt user - Users are prompted to approve every access attempt. - Automatically approve - Outlook will automatically grant programmatic access requests from any program. This option can create a significant vulnerability, and is not recommended. - Automatically deny - Outlook will automatically deny programmatic access requests from any program. - Prompt user based on computer security - Outlook will rely on the setting in the ''Programmatic Access'' section of the Trust Center. This is the default behavior. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, when an untrusted application attempts to access the address book programmatically, Outlook relies on the setting configured in the ''Programmatic Access'' section of the Trust Center.
STIG Date
Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-06-17

Details

Check Text ( C-25039r442317_chk )
Verify the policy value for User Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Microsoft Outlook 2016 >> Security >> Security Form Settings >> Programmatic Security >> Configure Outlook object model prompt when accessing an address book is set to "Enabled (Automatically Deny)".

Use the Windows Registry to navigate to the following key:

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

If the value for promptoomaddressbookaccess is set to REG_DWORD = 0, this is not a finding.
Fix Text (F-25027r442318_fix)
Set the policy value for User Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Microsoft Outlook 2016 >> Security >> Security Form Settings >> Programmatic Security >> Configure Outlook object model prompt when accessing an address book to "Enabled (Automatically Deny)".