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Microsoft releases Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit 5.0

Adds better attack surface reduction tool
Mon Aug 04 2014, 14:34
Microsoft arms customers against hackers with upgraded EMET

MICROSOFT HAS ANNOUNCED the release of an updated version of its Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) to help protect its enterprise customers from hacking attacks.

EMET 5.0 is available from Microsoft now and adds a wealth of improved features. Key updates include an upgraded Attack Surface Reduction (ASR) tool designed "to limit the attack surface of applications and reduce attacks", and Export Address Table Filtering Plus (EAF+) service, that will "improve and extend current EAF mitigation".

Other upgrades include a number of fresh 64-bit return-oriented programming (ROP) mitigations designed to help IT managers anticipate and combat attacks targeting currently unknown exploits and "several [undisclosed] security, compatibility and performance improvements".

Microsoft lists EMET as a key security tool for its enterprise customers and has designed it to be compatible with a variety of third-party applications and legacy services. Microsoft explained, "Enterprise IT professionals can easily deploy EMET through Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and apply Group Policies in Windows Active Directory to comply with enterprise account, user and role policies.

"Administrators can customise and configure EMET deployments and determine which applications they want to protect through which mitigation techniques. Even for enterprise legacy software that cannot easily be rewritten, or for software being phased out where the source code is not available, EMET provides mitigation protections."

Security has been a growing concern facing businesses of all sizes. Researchers report finding new threats on a nearly daily basis. Dell Secureworks reported uncovering a fresh cyber campaign targeting the video games industry with a wave of advanced source code-stealing cyber attacks on 30 July.

Microsoft's latest Patch Tuesday saw the firm release a critical fix for vulnerabilities in its popular Internet Explorer web browser. µ


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