Microsoft has issued an update for one of its security tools following the discovery of a conflict with Google's Chrome browser.
The company said that the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) has been updated to version 188.8.131.52 remove a conflict with the update systems for some third-party software.
EMET was designed as an additional protection for Windows, and helps to secure applications against exploits commonly used by malware writers to infect systems.
However, a recent update to EMET caused issues in Chrome as well as Adobe Reader and Acrobat.
The tool caused an error with Adobe software which required users to restart their systems in order to complete updates for the software that would otherwise be performed normally.
The software also prevented the Chrome browser from updating under certain circumstances.
"Because Chrome already uses many of the same techniques, EMET does not provide any additional protection for Chrome," wrote Google software engineer Carlos Pizano and product manager Ian Fette in a blog post.
"In fact, the current version of EMET interferes with Chrome's security, and prevents Chrome from updating."
Microsoft acknowledged in a blog post that the conflict prevented updates, but made no mention of security issues.
"This issue may affect machines with multiple users running Chrome at the same time with each instance configured for use with EMET," wrote Microsoft Security Response Center engineers Andrew Roths and Fermin J. Serna.
"If one of those instances is running as an admin, it will block the other running instances from self-updating."
Google did not respond to a request for clarification on whether its blog post was referring to security updates or additional security functions in Chrome.
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