Microsoft this week announced a technical preview of version 5 of its Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET), providing new security protection for Java as well as Microsoft Office.
In an interview at the RSA Conference, Jonathan Ness, principal security development lead at Microsoft’s Security Response Center (MSRC), explained to eWEEK that the goal of the new release is to reduce the attack surface for Microsoft software users. EMET is designed to provide an additional layer of security to applications to reduce the risk of exploitation.
The new mitigations include protection for potential security issues in Oracle Java, which is one of the most often attacked applications on the client side. A recent study from Cisco indicated that Java was part of 91 percent of all exploits seen in 2013.