Security researchers find exploit affecting Microsoft’s Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET)

Arif Bacchus

Microsoft has been doing a lot recently when it comes to the security of its operating systems. The company recently launched a website touting Windows 10 security features, and their Windows Defender product has even showed improvements in an AV-test. But, with the constant threats from hackers and viruses, cyber security is sometimes hard to get perfect. Today, security researchers have found a new exploit affecting Microsoft’s Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit.

The exploit targets versions 5.0, 5.1, and 5.2 of the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit. It attacks the part of the EMET that unloads the tool when it deems it necessary, which essentially renders the protections useless.

Although the breach has been fixed by Microsoft in the form of a patch that was delivered on February 2nd, some have worried that users might have missed the update because of the “minor compatibility tweaks” label. Users on version 5.5 are safe, and it is recommended for others to install the update patch as soon as possible.