MC499030 – Reminder: Basic Authentication deprecation in Office Apps

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check before: 2023-02-02

Product:

Azure Active Directory, Exchange, Microsoft 365 Apps, OneDrive, Outlook, SharePoint, Windows

Platform:

Online, World tenant

Status:

Change type:

User impact, Admin impact, Retirement

Links:

MC454810

Details:

This is a reminder that Microsoft 365 Apps are disabling server sign-in prompts using Basic authentication in Office Apps (originally communicated in MC454810, November '22). We are making this change because basic authentication is a legacy authentication method that sends a username and password with each request. As a result, an attacker can access these credentials and use them to access resources. Continued use of Basic Authentication is a big security concern, so we have decided to deprecate it from all tenants.
We will retire this feature in Office Apps version 2301+. Instead, we recommend moving to a more secure authentication method, preferably Modern Authentication, and enabling multi-factor authentication based on OAuth2.0 token-based auth.

This retirement will not affect Exchange Online and Exchange on-premises. Customers using basic authentication to connect to Exchange on-premises/Exchange Online can continue to use basic authentication without any changes to Exchange.
There is a separate effort to retire Outlook connecting to Exchange Online using Basic Authentication. Please see Exchange Online - September 2022 Update.
Windows files share access is not affected. The underlying authentication layer for file share is NTLM, and there is not change to NTLM. More information is here - Microsoft SMB Protocol Authentication - Win32 apps | Microsoft Learn.
Access to files stored on SharePoint on-premises server that are using basic authentication will be blocked. However, files stored on SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business are not affected. Customers who currently store files on web servers that use Basic authentication can move those files to SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Server on-premises or a more secure authentication protocol as a solution.
[When this will happen:]
We will be rolling this change beginning late January 2023, currently expect to be on January 23, 2023 (subject to change).

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Created:
2023-01-19

updated:
2023-01-19

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