Microsoft Releases Updates KB4503292 and KB4503276 for Windows 7 and 8.1

Microsoft has shipped the typical monthly rollups for Windows 7 and 8.1 devices as the company fixes security and non-security bugs on the two platforms.

First off, there’s monthly rollup KB4503292 and security-only update KB4503269 for Windows 7.

With Windows 7 reaching the end-of-support in January 2020, this is one of the last Patch Tuesday rollouts for the 2009 operating system, and Microsoft obviously recommends users to switch to Windows 10 as soon as possible.

The aforementioned rollup comes to resolve an issue hitting Internet Explorer and breaking down HTTP and HTTPS string character limit for URLs. In terms of security, Microsoft resolves issues in the Windows App Platform and Frameworks, the Microsoft Graphics Component, and the Windows Shell.

There are two known issues, one of which affects McAfee security products that could lead to the system no longer capable of booting. The second causes IE11 to stop working when loading Power BI reports.

Windows 8.1 improvements

As far as Windows 8.1 devices are concerned, they are provided with monthly rollup KB4503276 and security-only update KB4503290,

In addition to the fixes that are included in the Windows 7 monthly rollup, the Windows 8.1 release also brings fixes for an issue hitting the Preboot Execution Environment (PXE), while also resolving a vulnerability hitting Bluetooth connections.

“Addresses a security vulnerability by intentionally preventing connections between Windows and Bluetooth devices that are not secure and use well-known keys to encrypt connections, including security fobs. If BTHUSB Event 22 in the Event Viewer states, “Your Bluetooth device attempted to establish a debug connection….”, then your system is affected. Contact your Bluetooth device manufacturer to determine if a device update exists,” Microsoft explains.

There are three issues in these updates, two of which also exist in the Windows 7 monthly rollup. The third blocks certain operations on files or folders on a Cluster Shared Volume (CSV).

Because security vulnerabilities are resolved, users are recommended to patch their devices as soon as possible.


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