|Trust Bar Notifications for unsigned application add-ins must be blocked.
|If an application is configured to require all add-ins be signed by a trusted publisher, any unsigned add-ins the application loads will be disabled and the application will display the Trust Bar...
|Links that invoke instances of IE 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...
|Navigation to URL's 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...
|Save files default format must be configured.
|When users create new PowerPoint files, PowerPoint 2010 saves them in the new *.pptx format. Ensure this setting is enabled to specify that all new files are created in PowerPoint 2010. If a new...
|Disallowance of Trusted Locations on the network must be enforced.
|Files located in Trusted Locations and specified in the Trust Center are assumed to be safe. Content, code, and add-ins are allowed to load from Trusted Locations with minimal security and without...
|Trust access for VBA must be disallowed.
|VSTO projects require access to the Visual Basic for Applications project system in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word, even though the projects do not use Visual Basic for Applications. Design-time...
|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:firstname.lastname@example.org. A malicious user might use this URL syntax to...
|Enabling IE Bind to Object functionality must be present.
|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...
|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...
|Warning Bar settings for VBA macros must be configured.
|When users open files containing VBA Macros, applications open the files with the macros disabled and displays the Trust Bar with a warning that macros are present and have been disabled. Users...
|Data Execution Prevention must be enforced.
|Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is a set of hardware and software technologies performing additional checks on memory to help prevent malicious code from running on a system. The primary benefit...
|The ability to run programs from a PowerPoint presentation must be disallowed.
|Action buttons can be used to launch external programs from PowerPoint presentations. If a malicious person adds an action button to a presentation that launches a dangerous program, it could...
|Configuration for file validation must be enforced.
|Office Binary Documents (97-2003) are checked to see if they conform against the file format schema before they are opened.
|Automatic download of linked images must be disallowed.
|When users insert images into PowerPoint presentations, they can select Link to File instead of Insert. If they do so, the image is represented by a link to a file on disk instead of being...
|Hidden markup options must be visible.
|PowerPoint presentations that are saved in standard or HTML format can contain a flag indicating whether markup (comments or ink annotations) in the presentation should be visible when the...
|The configuration for Slide Update with counterparts must be disallowed.
|This setting controls whether users can link slides in a presentation with their counterparts in a PowerPoint Slide Library. If you enable this policy setting, PowerPoint cannot check the status...
|Pre-release versions of file formats new to Office Products must be blocked.
|This policy setting controls whether users with the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for PowerPoint 2010 File Formats installed can open Office Open XML files saved with pre-release versions of...
|Blocking as default file block opening behavior must be enforced.
|Users can open, view, or edit a large number of file types in PowerPoint 2010. Some file types are safer than others, as some could allow malicious code to become active on user computers or the...
|Attachments opened from Outlook must be in Protected View.
|This policy setting allows for determining if Excel files in Outlook attachments open in Protected View. If enabling this policy setting, Outlook attachments do not open in Protected View. If...
|Document behavior if file validation fails must be set.
|This policy key controls the behavior of how Office documents should be handled when failing File Validation. The options available are:
-Block files completely. This will prevent users from...
|Files in unsafe locations must be opened in Protected View.
|This policy setting determines if files located in unsafe locations will open in Protected View. If unsafe locations have not been specified, only the "Downloaded Program Files" and "Temporary...
|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...
|Application add-ins must be signed by Trusted Publisher.
|Office 2010 applications do not check the digital signature on application add-ins before opening them. Disabling or not configuring this setting may allow an application to load a dangerous...
|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...
|Force encrypted macros to be scanned in open XML documents must be determined and configured.
|When an Office Open XML document (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) is rights-managed, or password-protected, any macros embedded in the document are encrypted along with the rest of the contents. By...
|All automatic loading from Trusted Locations must be disabled.
|Trusted locations specified in the Trust Center are used to define file locations assumed to be safe. Content, code, and add-ins are allowed to load from trusted locations with a minimal amount of...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...