Microsoft's Upgraded EMET 5.0 Offers More Windows Protection

We recently covered Microsoft's lesser-known Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) that adds protection against malware. Microsoft recently upgraded it to version 5.0 with even more protection against Internet nasties.

Microsoft explains one of the new features, called plugin protection:

The new Attack Surface Reduction (ASR) mitigation provides a mechanism to help block specific modules or plug-ins within an application, in certain conditions. For example, customers can now configure EMET to prevent their browser from loading Java plug-ins on external web sites, while still continuing to allow Java plug-ins on their internal company web sites.

Those plugins are a common security exploit hackers take advantage of, so this is a welcome addition to an already powerful tool.

Check the link for the rest of the 5.0 features, including more 64-bit functions.

General Availability for Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) 5.0| Microsoft via ComputerWorld


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    Probably a silly question, but is this something that would enhance the security of a regular non-server system..?

    Last edited 31/08/14 11:21 am

      Yes, it does help secure a Windows Desktop OS such as 7/8. In fact, that's what it's designed for, to help mitigate risk on end user computers that are generally exposed to more exploits such as poorly written third party applications, internet plugins etc.

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