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Microsoft is changing the security of its patches from SHA-1 to SHA-2 in September 2019. For current Windows products (Windows 10, Server 2016, 2019) this will be done automatically as it is already built-in, but for older versions, you need to make sure that certain stand-alone patches are installed in order to continue to receive updates. If you are using WSUS 3.0, you will need to manually download and install a patch to allow WSUS to provide the SHA-2 secured patches.
More details and required by dates are in these documents on the Microsoft Support site:
1 – Overview;
2 – WSUS 3.0 SP2;
3 – Windows 7 SP1 and Server 2008 R2 SP1; and,
4 – Servicing Stack Update.
An update for Server 2008 SP2 will be released shortly. Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2 do not appear to need to be updated.
Microsoft will require SHA-2 security in place by 16 September 2019 in order to continue to receive updates. All older Windows products will need to be updated by then. These products are: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Server 2008 SP2, Server 2008 R2 SP1, Server 2012, and Server 2012 R2.
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