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Microsoft Releases Latest Security Updates For Windows in July 2024

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Microsoft has recently launched security updates for its Windows operating system and other products. These updates are now available and will be automatically installed on most home Windows PCs.

Our monthly summary offers valuable insights for Windows home users and system administrators to help them make informed decisions. It assists administrators in determining the appropriate timing for installing these updates.

The summary provides a detailed account of all significant security updates, highlights any known issues, offers links to resource pages and direct update downloads, and more.

Tip: To view the June 2024 summary, click here.

Microsoft Windows Security Updates: July 2024

You can access the Excel spreadsheet containing the list of released updates by clicking on this link: Windows Security Updates Master List July 2024

Executive Summary

  • Microsoft has released a total of 139 security updates covering various Microsoft products.
  • Windows client versions experiencing issues are: Windows 10 versions 1809, 21H2, and 22H2, Windows 11 versions 21H2 and 22H2.
  • Windows Server client versions facing challenges: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2022, Windows Server 2019, and Windows Server 2022.

Product Overview

Here are the critical vulnerabilities for each supported Windows version.

  • Windows 10 version 22H2: 70 vulnerabilities, 1 critical, 67 important, and 2 moderate
    • New Vulnerability: Windows Imaging Component Remote Code Execution – CVE-2024-38060
  • Windows 11 version 22H2: 73 vulnerabilities, 1 critical, 70 important, and 2 moderate
    • Same as Windows 10 version 22H2
  • Windows 11 version 23H2: 73 vulnerabilities, 1 critical, 70 important, and 2 moderate
    • Same as Windows 10 version 22H2

Windows Server Products

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (extended support only): 35 vulnerabilities: 3 critical, 32 important
    • New Vulnerabilities: Windows Remote Desktop Licensing Service Remote Code Execution – CVE-2024-38074, CVE-2024-38077, Windows Imaging Component Remote Code Execution – CVE-2024-38060
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 (extended support only): Vulnerabilities: critical and important
  • Windows Server 2016: 77 vulnerabilities: 4 critical, 72 important, and 1 moderate
    • New Vulnerabilities: Windows Remote Desktop Licensing Service Remote Code Execution – CVE-2024-38074, CVE-2024-38076, CVE-2024-38077, Windows Imaging Component Remote Code Execution – CVE-2024-38060
  • Windows Server 2019: 79 vulnerabilities: 4 critical, 74 important, and 1 moderate
    • Same as Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2022: 82 vulnerabilities: 4 critical, 77 important, and 1 moderate
    • Same as Windows Server 2016

Windows Security Updates

Windows 10 version 22H2

Improvements and updates:

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  • New: Copilot app is now pinned to the taskbar and can be uninstalled like any other app.
  • Fix: Resolved the right-click “open with” issue related to files.
  • Addresses security concerns.

Windows 11 version 22H2 and 23H2

Improvements and updates:

  • New: Game Pass recommendations now available in Settings > Home for Microsoft account users who play games on their PCs.
  • New: Copilot app is now pinned to the taskbar and is removable like other apps.
  • New: Restored the “show desktop” icon at the taskbar’s rightmost side.
  • New: File Explorer now supports creating 7-Zip and TAR archives alongside ZIP files.
  • New: Added support for Emoji 15.1
  • New: Ability to copy files from the Windows Share window using the new copy button.
  • New: Account manager rollout in the Start menu.

Windows Security Updates

2024-07 Dynamic Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 22H2 and Windows 10 Version 21H2 (KB5040427)

2024-07 Dynamic Cumulative Update for Windows 11 (KB5040431)

2024-07 Cumulative Update for Microsoft server operating system version 21H2 for x64-based Systems (KB5040437)

2024-07 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1507 (KB5040448)

Server Updates

2024-07 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer for Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008 (KB5040426)

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2024-07 Security Only Quality Update for Windows Server 2008 (KB5040490)

2024-07 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows Server 2008 (KB5040499)

2024-07 Security Only Quality Update for Windows Embedded Standard 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB5040498)

2024-07 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows Embedded Standard 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB5040497)

2024-07 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB5040456)

2024-07 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows Server 2012 (KB5040485)

2024-07 Cumulative Update for Windows Server 2019 and Windows 10 Version 1809 (KB5040430)

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2024-07 Cumulative Update for Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 Version 1607 (KB5040434)

.NET Updates

2024-07 Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework various versions for different Windows Server editions

[Please note that the list above has been abbreviated for readability. For full details, refer to the original document.]

In July 2024, Microsoft released various security updates and quality rollups for different versions of the .NET Framework and Windows Operating Systems. These updates address potential vulnerabilities and improve the overall performance of the systems.

Here are some of the key updates:
– Security Only Update for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 for Windows Server 2008
– Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework for Windows Embedded Standard 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
– Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2
– Cumulative Update for .NET Framework for various Windows versions including Windows 10, Windows 11, and Windows Server 2019

Additionally, there are Servicing Stack Updates for various Windows versions to ensure smooth installation and maintenance of updates.

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Known Issues:

– Windows 10 and Windows 11 systems may experience issues related to account profile picture changes and Microsoft Connected Cache (MCC) settings.
– Desktop icons may unexpectedly move for multi-monitor setups when using Copilot, and Copilot may not work correctly with vertically positioned taskbars.
– Enterprise customers may encounter challenges upgrading from Windows Pro to Windows Enterprise subscriptions on Windows 11.

To install these updates, most non-managed systems receive updates automatically through Windows Update, while managed systems are updated by administrators. Home users can manually check for updates by accessing the Windows Update settings.

Direct download links for specific updates are available for those who prefer manual installations.

For more detailed information and download links for specific updates, please visit Microsoft’s official update pages.

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