What is the EMET?
The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is a utility that helps prevent vulnerabilities in software from being successfully exploited. EMET achieves this goal by using security mitigation technologies. These technologies function as special protections and obstacles that an exploit author must defeat to exploit software vulnerabilities. These security mitigation technologies do not guarantee that vulnerabilities cannot be exploited. However, they work to make exploitation as difficult as possible to perform.
What are the requirements for using EMET?
EMET requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0. Additionally, for EMET to work with Internet Explorer 10 on Windows Server 2012, KB2790907or a more recent version of the Compatibility Update for Windows Server 2012 must be installed
Which EMET versions are currently supported?
Every major version of EMET is supported for 24 months after its release date or for 12 months after the release date of the next major version, whichever comes first. The following table displays the lifecycle of all EMET versions.
|EMET version||Lifecycle start date||Support end date||Notes|
|EMET 4. x and earlier||See notes||EMET 4. x and earlier versions are not officially supported|
|EMET 5.2, 5.1 and 5.0||July 31, 2014||July 12, 2016||Support ends 24 months after release of EMET 5.0|
|EMET 5.5||January 29 2016||January 27 2017||Support ends 12 months after release of EMET 5.5|
Supported operating systems
|Operating System (minimum supported)||EMET 5.2||EMET 5.5|
|Windows Server 2012 R2||Y||Y|
|Windows Server 2012||Y||Y|
|Windows 7 Service Pack 1||Y||Y|
|Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1||Y||Y|
|Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2||Y||Y|
|Windows Vista Service Pack 2||Y||Y|
How to Install EMET?
You can Install EMET form https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2458544 as you can see in Figure (1).
and then choose Install EMET 5.51.
It transfer you to the download page which has download, Details, System Requirements, Install Instructions and Related Resources as you can see in Figure(2).
After finishing Download you will see EMET Setup in the Desktop or any location you choose when you click download button, as you can see in Figure(3).
Double click on EMET Setup to start the installation process.
Choose the location. My recommendation is leave it as default.
You MUST to I Agree(God Microsoft).
After YOU Agree the Installation starts.
You will get as any Microsoft products, they like to give you options but In this case I will click on Configure manually Later because we are IT professional. (Do you like that Howard 🙂 ?
After the installation finished. Is time to configure EMET and we go to Start Menu and click on EMET GUI.
This is the main screen for EMET.
First we have Import. Use Import if you have exist file or specific transcript you would like to apply.
Second Export, it is the opposite of Import. You use Export when you have specific transcript or setting and you would like to keep them or apply them on others machine.
Wizard, do you remember when I click on Configure manually Later, is time to change the Configuration (Hi Howard).
Apps, you can use apps to configure Apps (REALLY). It is more for Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 because Apps (Again Really) .
Trust, Use trust to give permission to install or update programs.
For more quick customize profile and setup, we use Quick Profile Name and they are three types.
Custom Security setting, which is you setting.
Maximum Security setting highest setting.
and Recommended Security setting of course Microsoft wants again to control your device.
Skin, Lets you to customize the skin of the program, to make match your personality.
Reporting, and you have three things:
1. Windows Event Log.
2. Tray Icon.
3. Early Warning.
Finally you have Help.
System Status. from this window you can monitor how is you setting going to be.
And you Maybe have to restart you computer.
Running Processes, to see what application running on your computer and what EMET restriction on that application to.
Finally, The Refresh button, helps you to refresh the processes NOT to change the System Status options if you change them and you need to restart you computer.