This week, Microsoft released version 5.1 of their Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET).
Today, we’re releasing the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) 5.1 which will continue to improve your security posture by providing increased application compatibility and hardened mitigations. You can download EMET 5.1 from microsoft.com/emet or directly from here. Following is the list of the main changes and improvements:
- Several application compatibility issues with Internet Explorer, Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, and Mozilla Firefox and some of the EMET mitigations have been solved.
- Certain mitigations have been improved and hardened to make them more resilient to attacks and bypasses.
- Added “Local Telemetry” feature that allows to locally save memory dumps when a mitigation is triggered.
All the changes in this release are listed in Microsoft KB Article 3015976.
If you are using Internet Explorer 11, either on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, and have deployed EMET 5.0, it is particularly important to install EMET 5.1 as compatibility issues were discovered with the November Internet Explorer security update and the EAF+ mitigation. Alternatively, you can temporarily disable EAF+ on EMET 5.0. Details on how to disable the EAF+ mitigation are available in the User Guide. In general we recommend upgrading to the latest version of EMET to benefit from all the enhancements.
EMET works by injecting an EMET.dll into running executables to provide memory level protections and mitigations against common exploit techniques. Nothing is perfect – several individuals have demonstrated how to circumvent EMET however, it does become much more difficult and has to be built into the exploit. EMET 5.1 was released yesterday (November 10, 2014) by Microsoft which includes their latest iteration of EMET. The folks over at Microsoft continue to move the product forward by including fixes and enhancements each time making it both more compatible with several different products as well as making it more difficult to circumvent and bypass.