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The automatically update links feature must be disabled.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-17811 DTOO302 SV-53584r1_rule ECSC-1 Medium
When users open documents Word automatically updates any links to external content, such as graphics, Excel worksheets, and PowerPoint slides. To disable automatic updating, the user can click the Office Button, click Word Options, click Advanced, scroll to the General section, and then clear the Update automatic links at open check box. If Word is configured to automatically update links when documents are open, document content can change without the user's knowledge, which could put important information at risk.
Microsoft Word 2013 STIG 2016-10-28


Check Text ( None )
Fix Text (F-46508r1_fix)
Set the policy value for User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Microsoft Word 2013 -> Word Options -> Advanced "Update automatic links at Open" to "Disabled".