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Running Windows 7 or Server 2008? You will need this patch!

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Microsoft  plans to release an update early next year for the company's Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 operating systems that add support for SHA-2 update handling to them.

Updates are delivered using SHA-1 and SHA-2 currently. SHA-1 is a  hashing algorithm with known weaknesses and Microsoft plans to do away with SHA-1 support in April 2019 to use SHA-2, an improved hashing algorithm, exclusively going forward.

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While that is no problem for Windows 8.1, Windows 10, or the server equivalents, it is one for devices running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008. The reason is simple: SHA-2 is not supported by these operating systems when it comes to updates.

So basically if you don't install this update when it is offered you won't get anymore updates

https://www.ghacks.net/2018/11/20/running-windows-7-or-server-2008-you-will-need-this-patch/

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thanks hazelnut :-)

 

microsoft - make one problem after another...

 

why cant go w7 with good old path from microsoft until its last days for updates - why such a ... to its end of days?

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- I am glad that it will be included in one of the next Rollup Updates. No need to worry too much. Just be good boy/girl and install all the upcoming Rollup updates.

- Upgrading Win7 and Server 2008 to SHA-2 will also reduce the complexity of the update procedure for Microsoft. Why didn't they do it much earlier ?

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Just a reminder to watch for this critical update either in this month's patches or next month's.  .

 

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Customers running legacy OS versions (Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 SP2) will be required to have SHA-2 code signing support installed on their devices by April 2019. Any devices without SHA-2 support will not be offered Windows updates after April 2019. To help prepare you for this change, we will release support for SHA-2 signing in 2019. Some older versions of Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) will also receive SHA-2 support to properly deliver SHA-2 signed updates. Refer to the Product Updates section for the migration timeline.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4472027/2019-sha-2-code-signing-support-requirement-for-windows-and-wsus

 

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why not ... moved over the support-line?! ;-)

 

there are extended security updates for w7 pro/enterprise with volumelicense but only for paying business pcs -> 2023

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