Microsoft launches EMET 5.5 Beta with Windows 10 support

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Av Gurus

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Malware Hunter
Sep 22, 2014
Probably the biggest change in EMET 5.5 is (official) support for Microsoft's new operating system Windows 10. While EMET 5.2 ran fine on Windows 10, it never supported the operating system officially and this changes with the new release.

When you run the Beta version of EMET after installation you will notice another change right away, provided that you run Windows 10 and not an earlier version of Windows.

The main interface lists the new "Block Untrusted Fonts" option which is set to audit by default. This is a Windows-10 specific feature that is not supported on previous versions of Windows.

Windows 10 ships with settings to block untrusted fonts. The feature is not enabled by default, and can be set to on or audit if desired.

On prevents any font from being loaded that is not in the Fonts directory of the Windows installation, while audit writes untrusted font events to the log but won't block access to them. There is also an option to exclude apps so that they can load untrusted fonts regardless of the global preference.

Other EMET 5.5 improvements

The new EMET version ships with a handful of additional improvements:

  • Better configuration of various mitigations via GPO.
  • EAF/EAF+ pseudo-mitigation performance improvements.
  • Bug fixes.
Microsoft notes that EMET 5.5 mitigations do not apply to the company's own Edge browser on Windows 10 due to " the advanced technologies used to protect Microsoft Edge, including industry leading sandboxing, compiler, and memory management techniques".


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Microsoft launches EMET 5.5 Beta with Windows 10 support - gHacks Tech News
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