Microsoft Edge gets a major security upgrade, but only if you have the right hardware

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Browsing the web in Microsoft Edge will soon be even more secure, as Microsoft is currently adding Intel’s Control-Flow Enforcement Technology (CET) to its browser.

Microsoft first adopted CET through an implementation known as Hardware-enforced Stack Protection in March of this year. Hardware-enhanced stack protection leverages the Intel CET Chipset Security Extension to secure Windows applications against return-oriented programming (ROP), hop-oriented programming, and other common operating techniques.

While Edge will soon be using CET to provide users with an even safer mode of browsing, there is a big problem as you will need to be running an Intel 11th Gen or AMD Zen 3 processor to enable this feature.

Control flow application technology

Although CET support was originally slated to ship with Edge version 94 in September, according to a new post in the Microsoft 365 roadmap, this feature has been delayed slightly and will now arrive in October with the release of Edge version 95.

Organizations that want to disable CET can do so by changing the Image File Execution (IFEO) options using Group Policy.

While many organizations are considering adopting hybrid work policies, many employees still work from home, and by adding CET support to Edge, Microsoft will help protect workers against attacks and exploits designed to be delivered to distance.


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