Critical Security Updates for Windows 7/8.1/Server (01/03/2018)

Windows Update[German]In addition to updates for Windows 10, Microsoft also released various critical (security) updates for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 and the corresponding server versions as of January 3,2018. These also address the Intel CPU vulnerability. Here is an overview of these updates.


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Updates for Windows 7 SP1/Server 2008 R2 SP1

For Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Update KB4056897 has been released. The Update history for Windows 7 may be found at this Microsoft site.

KB4056897 (Security Only) for Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Update KB4056897 (Security-only update) is available for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. It addresses the following topics.

Security updates to Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Graphics, Windows Kernel, and Windows SMB Server.

Note that this update is only offered if the installed antivirus solution has been customized by the vendor and a specific registry entry has been set.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\QualityCompat\cadca5fe-87d3-4b96-b7fb-a231484277cc

The REG_DWORD value Data has to be set to “0x00000000”.

Since it has already been requested: The registry entry is set by the virus scanner (including Microsoft Security Essentials) itself. So don’t enter anything manually!


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There is no Quality Rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

Updates for Windows 8.1/Server 2012 R2

Update KB4056898 has been released for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. The update history for Windows 8.1 can be found on this Microsoft page.

KB4056898 (Security-only update) for Windows 8.1/Server 2012 R2

Update KB056898 (Security Only Quality Update for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2) addresses the following items.

Security updates to Windows SMB Server, Windows Kernel, Windows Datacenter Networking, and Windows Graphics

There are two known issues with this update: When CoInitializeSecurity is called, the call fails if RPC_C_IMP_LEVEL_NONE is passed under certain conditions. Microsoft is working on this problem, but has no solution yet. Please also note that this update is only offered if the installed antivirus solution has been customized by the vendor and the registry entry specified in the previous section has been set.

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