Microsoft postpones Windows anti-exploit tool’s retirement

Microsoft last week announced that it would support the Enterprise Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) through July 2018, a year-and-a-half extension for the anti-exploit utility.

At the same time, the Redmond, Wash. company dismissed EMET as a behind-the-times tool, and again urged customers to upgrade to Windows 10, arguing that the new operating system is much more secure than previous editions when supplemented by EMET.

“EMET hasn’t kept pace,” wrote Jeffrey Sutherland, a Microsoft principal program manager lead, in a post to a company blog Nov. 3. “Its effectiveness against modern exploit kits has not been demonstrated, especially in comparison to the many security innovations built into Windows 10.”

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