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KB4592495 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 8.1 - Dec. 8

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December 8, 2020 - KB4592495 (Security-only update)

Applies to: Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Enterprise, Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro

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IMPORTANT Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 have reached the end of mainstream support and are now in extended support. Starting in July 2020, there will no longer be optional, non-security releases (known as "C" releases) for this operating system. Operating systems in extended support have only cumulative monthly security updates (known as the "B" or Update Tuesday release).

For information about the various types of Windows updates, such as critical, security, driver, service packs, and so on, please see the following article. To view other notes and messages, see the Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 update history home page.

Improvements and fixes

This security update includes quality improvements. Key changes include:
  • Addresses a security vulnerability by preventing applications that run as a SYSTEM account from printing to "FILE:" ports. To address this issue in the future, make sure your applications or services run as a specific user or service account.
  • Security updates to Windows Graphics, Windows Peripherals, and Windows Core Networking.
For more information about the resolved security vulnerabilities, please refer to the new Security Update Guide website.

Known issues in this update

SymptomWorkaround
Certain operations, such as rename, that you perform on files or folders that are on a Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) may fail with the error, “STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL (0xC00000A5)”. This occurs when you perform the operation on a CSV owner node from a process that doesn’t have administrator privilege.Do one of the following:
  • Perform the operation from a process that has administrator privilege.
  • Perform the operation from a node that doesn’t have CSV ownership.
Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release.

How to get this update

Before installing this update

We strongly recommend that you install the latest servicing stack update (SSU) for your operating system before you install the latest Rollup. SSUs improve the reliability of the update process to mitigate potential issues while installing the Rollup and applying Microsoft security fixes. For general information about SSUs, see Servicing stack updates and Servicing Stack Updates (SSU): Frequently Asked Questions.

If you use Windows Update, the latest SSU (KB4566425) will be offered to you automatically. To get the standalone package for the latest SSU, search for it in the Microsoft Update Catalog.

REMINDER If you are using Security-only updates, you will also need to install all previous Security-only updates and the latest cumulative update for Internet Explorer (KB4586768).

Install this update

Release Channel
Available
Next Step
Windows Update and Microsoft Update
No​
See the other options below.
Microsoft Update Catalog
Yes​
To get the standalone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.
Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)
Yes​
This update will automatically sync with WSUS if you configure Products and Classifications as follows:
Product: Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Enterprise, Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro
Classification: Security Updates

File information

For a list of the files that are provided in this update, download the file information for update 4592495.


Source: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4586845


Direct download links for KB4592495 MSU file from Microsoft Update Catalog:

Download KB4592495 MSU for Windows 8.1 32-bit (x86) - 17.3 MB

Download KB4592495 MSU for Windows 8.1 64-bit (x64) - 26.0 MB
 

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