Microsoft’s Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit 4.0 - EMET - just got released about two weeks ago.
It really hasn’t made that big a splash in the security news pond; maybe getting lost in all the waves from coverage on our domestic network digital data gathering, leaks in the SS Minnow, and that whole Facebook Shadow Profile data collection fiasco.
Oh, then there is that whole breaking story in the food world that has everyone shocked and a-twitter--How Cronuts Are Driving New York City Crazy.
So it’s not surprising that news of the release of a Windows-specific security tool to prevent advanced malware attacks got little notice.
So here you go. Little rock toss into a big pond.
I’ve got it running on all our home systems as well as all my Windows virtual machines. I’ve seen no performance issues at all and it is super-quiet; no chatter at all. Accordingly, I would recommend it to all my friends/family-members, especially those who insist on using Internet Explorer and do a lot of work in MS Office applications and documents. It is not a solution to replace any existing anti-virus/anti-malware security software you have, but rather it works to supplement and harden it. I’m running it aside Microsoft Security Essentials (Win 7 systems), Windows Defender (Win 8 systems), and Bitdefender Antivirus Free (Win 8 systems). It works great.
- Nuclear Scientists, Pandas and EMET Keeping Me Honest - SANS ISC Diary - great post from Johannes Ullrich detailing just how deployment and use of EMET (v3.5) could have prevented a recent “watering-hole” attack. It’s a great introduction on how the EMET software works. Version 4.0 is better.
- EMET 4.0 is now available for download - SANS ISC Diary notice/followup.
- EMET 4.0 now available for download - Microsoft Security Research & Defense blog. Great overview of the tool and all the new features and capabilities. Read this next before considering deployment
- Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit 4.0 - Official Microsoft Download Center source. It runs on everything from XP SP3 to Windows 8 platforms, as well as all related Server OS’s as well.
- Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit 4.0 - bink.nu - quick recap summary scraped from the product details of the official download site.
- Microsoft’s EMET 4 adds even more malware-blocking power - Betanews overview of the tool.
- Microsoft releases Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit 4.0 - Help Net Security announcement of the tool.
- Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit 4.0 final is out - Ghacks.net - Nice review and overview of the EMET 4.0 features.
Not impressed enough yet to download?
Well, did I mention it has “skins” so you can change the theme to some pretty snazzy color schemes?
Seriously, if you spend any time on the Web (particularly in IE) and run a Windows system, then you really should consider deployment of this tool. Just take the default configuration settings to get started, then you can tweak away and add additional protection coverage after you read the manual.