Patchday: Updates for Windows 7/8.1/Server (March 12, 2019)

Windows Update[German]On March 12, 2019, Microsoft released various (security) updates for Windows 7 SP1 and other updates for Windows 8.1 as well as the corresponding server versions. Here is an overview of these updates.


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Updates for Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2

For Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, a rollup and a security-only update have been released. The update history for Windows 7 can be found on this Microsoft page.

KB4489878 (Monthly Rollup) for Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2

Update KB4489878 (Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1) contains improvements and bug fixes that were already included in last month’s update. The update addresses the following:

  • Addresses an issue that may prevent the Event Viewer from showing some event descriptions for network interface cards (NIC).
  • Security updates to Internet Explorer, Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Cryptography, Windows Hyper-V, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Server, Windows Kernel, Windows MSXML, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine.

This update is automatically downloaded and installed by Windows Update. The package is also available via Microsoft Update Catalog. Installation requires that the latest SSU is already installed.

As a known issue, Microsoft mentions that after installing the update, Internet Explorer 10 causes authentication problems. This occurs when two or more people use the same user account for multiple simultaneous logon sessions on the same Windows Server computer, including Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) and Terminal Server logons. Symptoms reported by customers include, but are not limited to:

  • Cache size and location show zero or empty.
  • Keyboard shortcuts may not work properly.
  • Webpages may intermittently fail to load or render correctly.
  • Issues with credential prompts.
  • Issues when downloading files.

Create unique user accounts so that two people do not share the same user account when they log on to a Windows Server computer. Also, disable multiple RDP sessions for a single user account for a specific Windows Server. Microsoft is working on a solution and will release an update in a future release.


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KB4489885 (Security Only) for Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2

Update KB4489885 (Security-only update) is available for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. The update addresses the following issues.

  • Addresses an issue that causes the abbreviated Japanese Era names to be incorrect. For more information, see KB4469068.
  • Addresses an issue that may prevent the Event Viewer from showing some event descriptions for network interface cards (NIC).
  • Security updates to Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Cryptography, Windows Hyper-V, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Server, Windows Kernel, Windows MSXML, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine.

The update is available via WSUS or in the Microsoft Update Catalog. If you install the update, you must first install the latest Servicing Stack Update (SSU). If you install the Security Only Update, you must also install KB4489873 for IE. The update has the same known issues with IE 10 as Update KB4489878.

Servicing Stack Update (SSUs) KB4490628

Servicing Stack Update (SSUs) KB4490628 has been released for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. This update upgrades the Servicing Stack so that updates can also be installed that have only been signed with the SHA-2 hash algorithm. See also the blog post SHA-2 patch for Windows 7 arrives on March 2019. But pay attention to the Know Issues (restart problems) described in the KB article.

Updates for Windows 8.1/Windows Server 2012 R2

For Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 a rollup and a security-only update have been released. The update history for Windows 8.1 can be found on this Microsoft page.

KB4489881 (Monthly Rollup) for Windows 8.1/Server 2012 R2

Update KB4489881 (Monthly Rollup for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2) contains improvements and fixes that were included in the previous month’s rollup. It also addresses the following items.

  • Addresses an issue that may cause users to receive “Error 1309” while installing or uninstalling certain types of MSI and MSP files.
  • Addresses an issue with a virtual memory leak and the depletion of the paged pool with the CMNB tag that cause the server to become unresponsive.
  • Security updates to Internet Explorer, Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Hyper-V, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Kernel, Windows Server, Windows MSXML, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine.

This update is automatically downloaded and installed by Windows Update, but is also available from the Microsoft Update Catalog. The update has the same known issues with IE 10 as Update KB4489878.

KB4489883 (Security-only update) for Windows 8.1/Server 2012 R2

Update KB4489883 (Security Only Quality Update for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2) adresses the following issues.

  • Addresses an issue that causes the abbreviated Japanese Era names to be incorrect. For more information, see KB4469068.
  • Addresses an issue that causes the clock and calendar flyout to ignore user settings for Japanese Era date and time formats. For more information, see KB4469068.
  • Enables the 元年 character for the first year in the Japanese Era. For more information, see KB4469068.
  • Addresses an issue that prevents Microsoft Office Visual Basic for Applications from displaying the correct Japanese Era name. For more information, see KB4469068.
  • Addresses an issue that may overwrite gan-nen support behavior for the Japanese Era after an update. For more information, see KB4469068.
  • Addresses an issue that fails to recognize the first character as the abbreviation for the Japanese Era name. For more information, see KB4469068.
  • Addresses an issue that may cause users to receive “Error 1309” while installing or uninstalling certain types of MSI and MSP files.
  • Addresses an issue with a virtual memory leak and the depletion of the paged pool with the CMNB tag that cause the server to become unresponsive.
  • Security updates to Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Hyper-V, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Kernel, Windows Server, Windows MSXML, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine.

The update is available via WSUS or in the Microsoft Update Catalog. If the Security Only Update is installed, KB4489873 must also be installed for IE. The update has the same known problems with IE 10 as update KB4489878.

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