DTOO180 - Office System - Vector markup Language (VML) for displaying graphics in browsers must be disallowed.


When saving documents as Web pages, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word can save vector-based graphics in Vector Markup Language (VML), which enables Internet Explorer to display them smoothly at any resolution. By default, when saving VML graphics, Office applications also save copies of the graphics in a standard raster file format (GIF or PNG) for use by browsers that cannot display VML. If the Rely on VML for displaying graphics in browsers check box in the Web Options dialog box is selected, applications will not save raster copies of VML graphics, which means those graphics will not display in non-Microsoft browsers.


Set the policy value for User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Microsoft Office 2010 -> Tools \ Options \ General \ Web Options -> Browsers 'Rely on VML for displaying graphics in browsers' to 'Disabled'.

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This security hardening control applies to the following category of controls within NIST 800-53: System and Communications Protection.This control applies to the following type of system Windows.