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Windows 7: January 3, 2018 - KB4056897 (Security-only update) Windows 7

04 Jan 2018   #1
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 
January 3, 2018 - KB4056897 (Security-only update) Windows 7

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January 3, 2018—KB4056897 (Security-only update)

Applies to: Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1, Windows 7 Service Pack 1


Improvements and fixes

This security update includes quality improvements. No new operating system features are being introduced in this update. Key changes include:
  • Security updates to Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Graphics, Windows Kernel, and Windows SMB Server.

For more information about the resolved security vulnerabilities, see the Security Update Guide.

Known issues in this update

Symptom
Due to an issue with some versions of Anti-Virus software, this fix is only being made applicable to the machines where the Anti virus ISV have updated the ALLOW REGKEY.

Workaround
Contact your Anti-Virus AV to confirm that their software is compatible and have set the following REGKEY on the machine

Key="HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE"Subkey="SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\QualityCompat"

Value Name="cadca5fe-87d3-4b96-b7fb-a231484277cc"

Type="REG_DWORD”

Data="0x00000000”


How to get this update


This update will be downloaded and installed automatically from Windows Update. To get the standalone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.


Source: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4056897


See also: Important: Windows security updates released January 3, 2018, and antivirus software


Direct download links for KB4056897 MSU file from Microsoft Update Catalog:

Download KB4056897 MSU for Windows 7 32-bit (x86) - 36.2 MB

Download KB4056897 MSU for Windows 7 64-bit (x64) - 66.9 MB


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04 Jan 2018   #2
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro & Ultimate, Windows 8.1 Pro, Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon (All 64-Bit)
 
 

Many thanks Shawn!

Going to hang back on installing this one for a few days and see if any issues occur with it. Pretty sure the performance hits that are being reported in the media are most likely exaggerated, but as it's such a big update I'd like to see if it causes any issues first.
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04 Jan 2018   #3
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Umm?

Thanks Brink. :)

Questions:
  1. Is this supposed to fix the "Meltdown" issue?
  2. I'm running AMD, do I need to apply this?

The Security Update Guide isn't very helpful.
MS Support

January 3, 2018 - KB4056897 (Security-only update) Windows 7-ms-support-kb4056897-.png

MS Security Update Guide

January 3, 2018 - KB4056897 (Security-only update) Windows 7-ms-security-update-guide-kb4056897-.png
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brds7t7 View Post
Going to hang back on installing this one for a few days and see if any issues occur with it. Pretty sure the performance hits that are being reported in the media are most likely exaggerated, but as it's such a big update I'd like to see if it causes any issues first.
Given MS' track record with updates (since early 2015) there's a high likelihood of something breaking.


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04 Jan 2018   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hey Peter, :)

That's part of this update, but it wouldn't hurt to install it to be safe as long as the registry key is correct from "Known Issues".
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04 Jan 2018   #5
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Thanks Brink

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hey Peter, :)

That's part of this update, but it wouldn't hurt to install it to be safe as long as the registry key is correct from "Known Issues".
Thanks again Brink. :)
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04 Jan 2018   #6
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

I decided to check Windows Updates a few minutes ago, see if that Security Update Posted by Brink earlier today (KB4056897) had come through, as it had not done so this morning my time here in Australia.

This check revealed that the Update has now come through as the Jan 2018 Monthly Roll Out & Security Update of about 225MB. There was also a Microsoft Security Essentials Update of 37MB as well, so I have installed the lot. One restart required & no problems so far.
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05 Jan 2018   #7
4lan

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Thanks

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello,

I've just registered to ensure I thank Brink for his updates on the windows updates for windows 7; I've just spent the last two days updating windows and office on my PC based on his extremely helpful forum posts!

I haven't patched since last January because of the bundling and other update concerns.

I'm just about to reboot following the last tranche so I'm hoping for a smooth power cycle ;-)

Regards,

Alan
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05 Jan 2018   #8
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

I have January 4, 2018—KB4056894 (Security Monthly Rollup) sitting in Updates, the one item I notice is its last digit is a 4 and not a 7 as in the stand-alone update listed in this thread.

The support page above has the QualityCompat known issue and I'm good there as I have the key and it reflects the values listed, so I'm thinking the 231MB update has KB4056897 included and the combined update is listed as KB4056894.
I dislike making assumptions, and I wish microsoft would be more open, but if wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
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06 Jan 2018   #9
LevelBest

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

I'm puzzled I also the KB have KB4056894 (Security Monthly Rollup) with the last digit being 4 and not 7. What's the difference between the '4' update and the '7' update? Is it safe to install?
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06 Jan 2018   #10
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

I had no problems with it LevelBest.

Quote:
The support page above has the QualityCompat known issue and I'm good there as I have the key and it reflects the values listed, so I'm thinking the 231MB update has KB4056897 included and the combined update is listed as KB4056894.
The stand-alone kb4056897 is only 66MB for 64bit so there's 165MB of other various updates included.
From the link I provided for the "4" version:
Quote:
Security updates to Windows SMB Server, Windows Kernel, Microsoft Graphics Component, Internet Explorer, and Windows Graphics.
Your download may vary in size, depends on what you have installed and what you need.

~~~ ~~~ ~~~

The biggest problem I'm seeing is that QualityCompat registry entry, if you know how to get around the registry with regedit look for:

January 3, 2018 - KB4056897 (Security-only update) Windows 7-ki.png

I would advise to not create the key nor change any values, your AV(s) have to do it. So make sure both your McAfee and M-bam are fully up to date.

You may have problems with McAfee, This list shows M-bam sets the key but McAfee does not. I have heard if you completely shut down the offending AV you can install the KB then re-start the AV, but that's a decision you alone will have to make. Do you have back-ups and have the booting process set to it's medium?

This is all I could find from the McAfee site: Meltdown and Spectre 101: What to Know About the New Exploits You may want to contact McAfee directly to see what's up.


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