Complete Guide to Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET)

Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is a piece of software installed on the operating system and it makes it very difficult to exploit a vulnerability on a system or software. It provides the capability of preventing different exploitation techniques on the operating system or software level when security patch for the faulty software is not released. The benefits of using EMET are as follows:

  • It is very easy to use and does not include any complicated processes.
  • In order to prevent an operating system or software from exploitation, there is no need for the source code of the software and all it takes is to install and configure EMET before or after the faulty software is installed.
  • EMET can be configured for all the operating system components, processes and drivers and also individual applications and softwares installed on the operating system.
  • It can also work with legacy software and applications that exist in an organization’s infrastructure and cannot be easily phased out.

Protection Levels

There are two types of settings on EMET which can be configured to provide mitigation:

  • System Settings: These settings will apply to the whole operating system and its components and drivers.
  • Application Settings: These settings will apply to specific applications installed on the operating system.

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