August 14, 2018—KB4343888 (Security-only update)

Applies to: Windows 8.1Windows Server 2012 R2

Improvements and fixes


This security update includes quality improvements. No new operating system features are being introduced in this update. Key changes include:

  • Provides protections against a new speculative execution side-channel vulnerability known as L1 Terminal Fault (L1TF) that affects Intel® Core® processors and Intel® Xeon® processors (CVE-2018-3620 and CVE-2018-3646). Make sure previous OS protections against Spectre Variant 2 and Meltdown vulnerabilities are enabled using the registry settings outlined in the Windows Client and Windows Server guidance KB articles. (These registry settings are enabled by default for Windows Client OS editions, but disabled by default for Windows Server OS editions.)

For more information about the resolved security vulnerabilities, see the Security Update Guide.

Known issues in this update


Microsoft is not currently aware of any issues with this update.

How to get this update


This update is now available for installation through WSUS. To get the standalone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

File information

For a list of the files that are provided in this update, download the file information for update 4343888