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V-44735

The default search provider URL must be set to perform encrypted searches.

Finding ID
DTBC-0008
Rule ID
SV-57569r2_rule
Severity
Cat II
CCE
(None)
Group Title
DTBC0008 - Encrypted searching
CCI
CCI-000381
Target Key
(None)
Documentable
No
Discussion

Specifies the URL of the search engine used when doing a default search. The URL should contain the string '{searchTerms}', which will be replaced at query time by the terms the user is searching for. This option must be set when the 'DefaultSearchProviderEnabled' policy is enabled and will only be respected if this is the case. When doing internet searches it is important to use an encrypted connection via https.

Fix Text

Windows group policy: 1. Open the group policy editor tool with gpedit.msc 2. Navigate to Policy Path: Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Google\Google Chrome\Default search provider\ Policy Name: Default search provider search URL Policy State: Enabled Policy Value: must be set to an organization approved encrypted search string (ex. https://www.google.com/#q={searchTerms} or https://www.bing.com/search?q={searchTerms} )

Check Content

Universal method: 1. In the omnibox (address bar) type chrome://policy 2. If DefaultSearchProviderSearchURL is not displayed under the Policy Name column or it is not set to an organization approved encrypted search string (ex. https://www.google.com/#q={searchTerms} or https://www.bing.com/search?q={searchTerms} ) under the Policy Value column, then this is a finding. Windows method: 1. Start regedit 2. Navigate to HKLM\Software\Policies\Google\Chrome\ 3. If the DefaultSearchProviderSearchURL value name does not exist or its value data is not set to an organization approved encrypted search string (ex. https://www.google.com/#q={searchTerms} or https://www.bing.com/search?q={searchTerms} ) then this is a finding.