Windows 7/Server 2008/R2: 0patch delivers security patches after support ends

win7 [German]Good news for users of Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008/R2. Support for these operating systems is phasing out, but 0patch plans to continue providing security fixes after the End of Life (EOL).


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Support end at January 14, 2020

Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008/R2 will reach their planned End of Life (EOL) at the beginning of 2020. On January 14, 2020, Microsoft distribute the last security updates for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008/R2 to all users. This means that by February 2020 you will be on the safer side when it comes to providing security updates.

What happens afterwards is still a little unclear. Microsoft provides the Extended Security Update Program (ESU) for enterprises Software Assurance. The systems get security updates until 2023. Contrary to earlier plans, this is even free of charge for the companies in the first year.

In addition it could be that patches for Windows 7 Embedded Standards also fit for Windows 7 SP1, because Windows 7 Embedded Standard still gets support until 10/13/2020, and Windows Embedded POSReady 7 has support until 10/12/2021. In addition, I’m not so sure that Microsoft won’t provide security updates for large security holes that become known after the EOL. For voting computers, there will be more free Windows 7 updates for 2020, as the following tweet signals.

0patch plans fixes for Windows 7/Server 2008/R2

The provider 0patch has announced that it will provide security fixes for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008/R2 after the end of support for Windows 7/Server 2008. On askwoody.com you can find the following quote:


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After Microsoft ends support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 on January 14, 2020, 0Patch platform will continue to ship vulnerability fixes to its agents.

“Each Patch Tuesday we’ll review Microsoft’s security advisories to determine which of the vulnerabilities they have fixed for supported Windows versions might apply to Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 and present a high-enough risk to warrant micropatching”

Micropatches will normally be available to paying customers (Pro – $25/agent/year – and Enterprise license holders). However, Kolsek says that there will be exceptions for high-risk issues that could help slow down a global-level spread, which will be available to non-paying customers, too.

After Microsoft discontinues support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 on January 14, 2020, 0patch will continue to provide fixes for its agents. Every patchday, the company will analyze the vulnerabilities reported by Microsoft and develop micropatches for its patch agent. Typically, this support costs $25 per machine per year for registered users. But 0patch wants to provide important patches free of charge to the general public – as you can see in the following tweet.

Details can be found in this blog post by Mitja Kolsek. I mentioned 0patch here from time to time with regard to fixes for which Microsoft or other software vendors did not offer updates (see link list).

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