Security Advisor

Microsoft's Anti-Hacker Kit Receives New Tools

With this week's release of Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit 3.0 (EMET 3.0), the company is finally ready to stand behind its product. Microsoft decided to categorize the tool as an officially supported product with this third version (I guess products blocking security breaches is worth standing behind).

For those that are unfamiliar with the counter-hacking toolkit, EMET protects systems by stopping exploit code attacks from occurring before they happen. This is pulled off "by opt-ing in software to the latest security mitigation technologies," according to Microsoft.

What does this mean? Well, no matter how out-of-date your Windows is, it can be upgraded (in a sense) to meet the security challenges that might not have been around when your software was first released.

It's compatible with Windows on both the server and client side, and even protects those toying around with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. And those wanting to run in the enterprise can keep tabs on the tool using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and Group Policy.

New to version 3 is improved reporting features that will keep a running log of any exploits blocked and the applications associated with the failed attack.

Have you used EMET in either your shop or at home? Send me your thoughts on Microsoft's hack blocker at cpaoli@1105media.com.

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Chris Paoli is the site producer for Redmondmag.com and MCPmag.com.

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