Microsoft Releases EMET 5.5

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 @ 03:02 PM gHale

Microsoft released it latest version of the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET), a security tool designed to boost Windows security.

Launched in 2009, EMET is a collection of security measures packed into one single toolkit, which Microsoft has offered as an optional download through its official website.

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EMET works by watching internal Windows operations for known security exploits and blocking attacks on the OS itself and third-party applications.

EMET can be a standalone tool, but various security vendors also leverage its features in their own products.

With the release of version 5.5, Microsoft added official support for Windows 10, which it started rolling out through 5.5 beta versions last summer.

Besides official Windows 10 compatibility, the stable version of EMET 5.5 also adds broader configuration options for dealing with mitigations via GPO (Group Policy Object), better support for writing mitigations to the Windows registry, and performance improvements to EAF/EAF+ pseudo-mitigation techniques.

Microsoft also added support for mitigating the well-known “untrusted fonts” attack, often leveraged in Web-based attacks to compromise computers and install malware.