Attack surface reduction rules help prevent malware from infecting computers with malicious code. Some of these rules aim to reduce your attack surface while you’re using Office applications. You can read about the full list here: Reduce attack surfaces with attack surface reduction rules.
We’re extending a few of these rules to include Office 365 desktop apps from the Microsoft Store (known as Office Centennial apps):
Block all Office applications from creating child processes
Block Office communication application from creating child processes
No action is required if you are already running Office Centennial apps and have any of these rules enabled in either audit or block mode. We’ll be doing a gradual rollout managed via our cloud. You shouldn’t see any change in your environments if you are not running Office Centennial apps.
The following rules are already enabled for Office Centennial apps:
Block Win32 API calls from Office macro
Block Office applications from creating executable content