Microsoft is now letting anyone check out a technical preview of its Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit 5.0, even as a security firm announced earlier this week that they have successfully bypassed the current 4.1 version.
Microsoft's release of the preview build of EMET 5.0 was timed to coincide with the annual RSA Conference this week. The application is supposed to help with stopping malware and exploits on Windows PCs that have yet to be patched by Microsoft. The 5.0 preview includes two new features to the program that will be put into the final version of the software. One of them is called Attack Surface Reduction, which is designed to fight off exploits caused by Java and Flash Player plug-ins. The other new feature is Export Address Table Filtering Plus, which adds some new capabilities to the existing EAF functions.
The EMET 5.0 preview is being released the same week as the security firm Bromium Labs publicly revealed they have been able to bypass the current 4.1 version of the software. While Microsoft did not mention this bit of news in their EMET 5.0 announcement, they did give thanks to Jared DeMott from Bromium Labs, among others, "for their collaboration" on the preview build. This would seem to suggest that version 5.0 will fix at least some of the exploits that were found in EMET 4.1.
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