In March I wrote a blog post that showed how to take the attachment filter list from Edge Server and add those attachment block types to EOP, as EOP had a very small list of attachments.
Today on one of my client tenants I noticed this precanned list of attachment extension types is now at 96 items, which is a considerable change from the list back in March 2017. The list in March was ace, ani, app, docm, exe, jar, reg, scr, vbe, vbs and still is for some tenants at the time of writing.
But while Microsoft has added new attachment types to the picker UI, there was no notification to the end client administrators that they might want to update their MalwareFilterPolicy to take account of these new attachment types that Microsoft have considered worthy of being blocked.
Therefore, now is the time to check your existing MalwareFilterPolicy to include the new extension types (listed below).
For reference, the new attachment filter types that have been added since March 2017 are
But notice that some of these are initial capital versions of entries that are already there (i.e. hta was in the list or on Edge server a few months ago, but now Hta is on the list as well).
I am assuming attachment blocking is not case sensitive and so the following extensions are if added from the attachment list picker will be duplicates – Hta, Inf, Ins, Jse, Ksh if you imported a matching, but lower case, list from your Edge servers.