Microsoft Defender AV must be configured to block Office applications from injecting into other processes. (Cat II impact)
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.
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 >> Microsoft Defender Antivirus >> Microsoft 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.
Set the policy value for Computer Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Windows Components >> Microsoft 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".
Rule ID: SV-213459r823087_rule
Vulnerability ID: V-213459
Group Title: SRG-APP-000210
The information system prevents the automatic execution of mobile code in organization-defined software applications.
Prevent Automatic Execution