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Microsoft Windows Security Updates December 2020 overview

Today is the last Microsoft Patch Day of the year 2020. Microsoft released security updates and non-security updates for all supported client and server versions of the company"s Windows operating system, and updates for other company products such as Microsoft Office, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, or the .NET Framework.

Our Patch Day overview provides you with detailed information on released patches, security issues, and related information. You can download an Excel spreadsheet of the released security updates, check out the operating system distribution, find links to all support pages, and the list of known issues here in this guide.

Check out the November 2020 Security Updates overview here in case you missed it.

Microsoft Windows Security Updates December 2020

Download the following Excel spreadsheet that contains the released security updates to your system. Note that Microsoft"s new platform is quite slow and that it may be possible that updates are missing. Let us know in the comments if you notice anything missing: Security Updates 2020 12 Microsoft Windows

Executive Summary
  • Microsoft released security updates for all supported versions of Windows.
  • Security updates were also released for the following Microsoft products: Microsoft Edge (desktop and Android), Microsoft Office, Microsoft Exchange Server, Azure DevOps, Visual Studio, Azure SDK, Azure Sphere
  • Windows 10 version 1903 has reached end of servicing today.
  • There won"t be any Preview updates for Windows in December 2020.
  • Microsoft .NET Core updates will be offered via Windows Updates from this month on.
Operating System Distribution
  • Windows 7  (extended support only): 9 vulnerabilities: 0 critical and 9 important
  • Windows 8.1: 5 vulnerabilities: 0 rated critical and 5 rated important
  • Windows 10 version 1809: 19 vulnerabilities: 1 critical and 18 important
    • CVE 2020 17095 -- Hyper-V Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
  • Windows 10 version 1903 and 1909: 18 vulnerabilities: 1 critical and 17 important
    • CVE 2020 17095 -- Hyper-V Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
  • Windows 10 version 2004 and 20H2: 19 vulnerabilities, 1 critical, 18 important
    • CVE 2020 17095 -- Hyper-V Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Windows Server products

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (extended support only): 9 vulnerabilities: 0 critical and 9 important
  • Windows Server 2012 R2: 6 vulnerabilities: 0 critical and 6 important.
  • Windows Server 2016: 16 vulnerabilities: 1 critical and 15 important.
    • CVE 2020 17095 -- Hyper-V Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
  • Windows Server 2019: 20  vulnerabilities: 1 critical and 19 are important
    • CVE 2020 17095 -- Hyper-V Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Other Microsoft Products

  • Internet Explorer 11: 0 vulnerabilities:
  • Microsoft Edge (classic): 1 vulnerabilities: 1 critical
    • CVE 2020 17131 -- Chakra Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability
  • Microsoft Edge (Chromium)
    • see here (latest security patches from the Chromium project)
Windows Security Updates

Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2

  • Monthly Rollup: KB4592471
  • Security-only: KB4592503 

Updates and improvements:

  • Fixed a security vulnerability by preventing programs that runs as System from printing to FILE ports.
  • Security updates

Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

  • Monthly Rollup: KB4592484
  • Security-only: KB4592495 

Updates and improvements:

  • Fixed an issue that prevented PDF24 Creator version 9.1.1 from opening .txt files. (Monthly Rollup only)
  • Fixed a security vulnerability by preventing programs that runs as System from printing to FILE ports.
  • Security updates

Windows 10 version 1809

  • Support page: KB4592440

Updates and improvements:

  • Fixed a security vulnerability by preventing programs that runs as System from printing to FILE ports.
  • Security updates

Windows 10 version 1903 and 1909

  • Support page: KB4592449

Updates and improvements:

  • Fixed a security vulnerability by preventing programs that runs as System from printing to FILE ports.
  • Security updates

Windows 10 version 2004 and 20H2

  • Support page: KB4592438

Updates and improvements:

  • Fixed a security vulnerability by preventing programs that runs as System from printing to FILE ports.
  • Security updates

Other security updates

KB4592468 -- 2020-12 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows Embedded 8 Standard and Windows Server 2012 (KB4592468)

KB4592497 -- 2020-12 Security Only Quality Update for Windows Embedded 8 Standard and Windows Server 2012 (KB4592497)

KB4592498 -- 2020-12 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows Server 2008 (KB4592498)

KB4592504 -- 2020-12 Security Only Quality Update for Windows Server 2008 (KB4592504)

KB4592464 -- 2020-12 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1507 (KB4592464)

KB4593226 -- 2020-12 Cumulative Update for Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 Version 1607 (KB4593226)

KB4592473 -- 2020-12 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1703 (KB4592473)

KB4592446 -- 2020-12 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1803 (KB4592446)

Servicing Stack Updates:

2020-12 Servicing Stack Update for Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB4592510)

2020-12 Servicing Stack Update for Windows Server, version 20H2, Windows 10 Version 20H2, Windows Server, version 2004, and Windows 10 Version 2004 (KB4593175)

Known Issues

Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2

  • Updates will fail to install with the error "“Failure to configure Windows updates. Reverting Changes. Do not turn off your computer" if ESU is not supported or activated.
  • Certain operations may fail on cluster shared volumes. Workarounds available.

Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2

  • Certain operations may fail on cluster shared volumes. Workarounds available.

Windows 10 version 1809

  • Devices with "some" Asian language packs may throw the error "0x800f0982 - PSFX_E_MATCHING_COMPONENT_NOT_FOUND.". Microsoft suggests to either try and uninstall the language packs and make sure that a recent version of Windows 10 is installed, or to reset the PC.

Windows 10 version 1903 and 1909

  • System and user certificates may be lost when updating a device from Windows 10 version 1809 or later, to a later version of Windows 10. Does not affect Windows Update devices or Windows Update for business devices. Workaround available.

Windows 10 version 2004 and 20H2

  • System and user certificates may be lost when updating a device from Windows 10 version 1809 or later, to a later version of Windows 10. Does not affect Windows Update devices or Windows Update for business devices. Workaround available.
  • The correct Furigana characters may not be displayed when using the Microsoft Japanese Input Method Editor. Microsoft is working on a resolution.
Security advisories and updates

ADV 200013 -- Microsoft Guidance for Addressing Spoofing Vulnerability in DNS Resolver

ADV 990001 -- Latest Servicing Stack Updates

Non-security related updatesMicrosoft Office Updates

You find Office update information here.

How to download and install the December 2020 security updates

windows updates december 2020

Updates are already available via Windows Updates and other update management systems. Default Windows installations are configured to find and install updates automatically, but it is also possible to download updates manually to install them.

Tip: it is essential that you create a backup of the system before you install Windows updates as things may go wrong and backups help you restore the previous status quo.

You can check manually for updates in the following way:

  • Open the Start Menu of the Windows operating system, type Windows Update and select the result.
  • Select check for updates in the application that opens. Updates may be installed automatically when they are found or offered by Windows; this depends on the operating system and version that is used, and update settings.
  • Direct update downloads

    Below are resource pages with direct download links, if you prefer to download the updates to install them manually.

    Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2

    • KB4592471 -- 2020-12 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7
    • KB4592503 -- 2020-12 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 7

    Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

    • KB4592484 -- 2020-12 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 8.1
    • KB4592495 -- 2020-12 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 8.1

    Windows 10 (version 1809)

    • KB4592440 -- 2020-12 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1809

    Windows 10 (version 1903)

    • KB4592449 -- 2020-12 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1903

    Windows 10 (version 1909)

    • KB4592449 -- 2020-12 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1909

    Windows 10 (version 2004)

    • KB4592438 -- 2020-12 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 2004

    Windows 10 (version 20H2)

    • KB4592438 -- 2020-12 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version  20H2
    Additional resources
    • December 2020 Security Updates release notes
    • List of software updates for Microsoft products
    • List of the latest Windows Updates and Services Packs
    • Security Updates Guide
    • Microsoft Update Catalog site
    • Our in-depth Windows update guide
    • How to install optional updates on Windows 10
    • Windows 10 Update History
    • Windows 8.1 Update History
    • Windows 7 Update History
    Summary
    Microsoft Windows Security Updates December 2020 overview
    Article Name
    Microsoft Windows Security Updates December 2020 overview
    Description
    Microsoft released security updates and non-security updates for all supported versions of the company's Windows operating system, client and server, as well as other company products such as Microsoft Office on the December 2020 Patch Day.
    Author
    Martin Brinkmann
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