Microsoft Delivers EMET 4.0 Mitigation Tool and TypeScript 0.9 - MDN Forum Gets 'Modern UI'

EMET 4.0, free mitigation tool designed to help IT Pro and developers prevent vulnerabilities in software. TypeScript .9 language, compiler and tools. Refreshed MSDN forums with Modern UI.

Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) 4.0 tool protects applications via the latest security mitigation technologies built into Windows, "even in cases where the developer of the application didn't opt to do this themselves."

By doing so, it enables a wide variety of software to be made significantly more resistant to exploitation - even against zero day vulnerabilities and vulnerabilities for which an update has not yet been applied," writes Director of Trustworthy Computing Tim Rains over on the Microsoft Security Blog.

Here's what's new in this version of EMET:

  • "Certificate Trust: SSL Certificate Pinning has been added to help detect Man in the Middle attacks that leverage the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).
  • Early Warning: We added a feature called Early Warning that sends useful information to Microsoft every time an attack has been detected by EMET.
  • Internet Explorer 10/Win8 support: On March 12th, a Windows package (KB 2790907) was released to allow all supported versions of EMET to work with Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8," explains Microsoft.

You can download EMET 4.0 from download center here.

Microsoft has also delivered an update to its superset of JavaScript, known as "TypeScript," with a slew of new features, including the addition of generics.

TypeScript 0.9 is described as the biggest preview update to date, includes a bunch of new features in the language, compiler and associated tools.

The biggest new feature among others allow developers to take advantage of better static error reporting and improved tooling "in many cases without any additional type annotations," Microsoft said.

The TypeScript compiler also has been re-engineered so it works better with large projects (in excess of 100,000 lines of code) in an interactive environment. The new compiler addresses over 150 issues reported on CodePlex since the 0.8 release.

TypeScript is available for download under an Apache 2.0 open-source license.

Microsoft officials are saying TypeScript 1.0 will ship "later this year."

In other news, Microsoft today launched a refreshed Modern UI on MSDN forums.

"We've worked really hard to substantially improve the experience both for people looking for answers and those providing them," writes Harry. "We started by making it easier to find what you are looking for - instead of navigating categories to find those that might be relevant, we've started with search as the entry. You can search directly from the root and get results immediately. The categories show up on the right hand side allowing you to filter your results."

Other improvements include creating more space to post content, posting previews so you can see what the thread is about before opening it, and being able to collapse categories. And now that "the forums handle searching on premises, it's easier to find threads that are highly related," he said.

MSDN Forum Gets Modern UI