Microsoft Windows Defender Antivirus STIG: WNDF-AV-000035

Check: WNDF-AV-000035 (in versions v2 r2 through v1 r2)

Title

Windows Defender AV must be configured to block Office applications from injecting into other processes. (Cat II impact)

Discussion

Office apps, such as Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, will not be able to inject code into other processes. This is typically used by malware to run malicious code in an attempt to hide the activity from antivirus scanning engines.

Check Content

This setting is applicable starting with v1709 of Windows 10, it is NA for prior versions. Verify the policy value for Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Defender Antivirus -> Windows Defender Exploit Guard -> Attack Surface Reduction -> "Configure Attack Surface Reduction rules" is set to "Enabled”. Click ‘Show...’. Verify the rule ID in the Value name column and the desired state in the Value column is set as follows: Value name: 75668C1F-73B5-4CF0-BB93-3ECF5CB7CC84 Value: 1 Procedure: Use the Windows Registry Editor to navigate to the following key: HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Windows Defender Exploit Guard\ASR\Rules Criteria: If the value “75668C1F-73B5-4CF0-BB93-3ECF5CB7CC84” is REG_SZ = 1, this is not a finding.

Fix Text

Set the policy value for Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Defender Antivirus -> Windows Defender Exploit Guard -> Attack Surface Reduction -> "Configure Attack Surface Reduction rules" to "Enabled”. Click ‘Show...’. Set the Value name to “75668C1F-73B5-4CF0-BB93-3ECF5CB7CC84” and the Value to “1”.

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CCIs

CCIs tied to check.
Number Definition
CCI-001170

The information system prevents the automatic execution of mobile code in organization-defined software applications.

Controls

Controls tied to check. These are derived from the CCIs shown above.
Number Title
SC-18 (4)

Prevent Automatic Execution