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Urgent: more Windows 7 vulnerabilities

By Robert Drinkall, on 30 August 2019

Microsoft has recently discovered more vulnerabilities which can be exploited in Windows 7, in addition to the ones I wrote about in a post on 20th May.

If you have a non-desktop@UCL windows 7 PC or laptop, please can you check you have at least one of the two Windows updates applied which address these new vulnerabilities, and please ensure that you have automatic updates turned on. Details about how to do this are as follows (please contact lib-itsupport@ucl.ac.uk if you have any questions about this or you have any issues):

Checking you have the necessary Windows update

Click Start > Control Panel, then click System and Security

Click View installed updates under Windows Update

Screenshot showing Windows Update options

In the list of updates you’ll see next, please can you check that you have at least one of the following installed:

  • KB4512506
  • KB4512486

(Note: KB4512506 includes KB4512486, which is why only having one of the two is okay)

Making sure automatic updates is turned on

Click Start > Control Panel, then click System and Security

Click Turn automatic updating on or off  under Windows Update

Screenshot showing Windows Update options

Check your machine is set to Install updates automatically (recommended)

Screenshot of Windows Update automatic updates settings

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