MS16-056: Security update for Windows Journal: May 10, 2016

Summary
This security update resolves a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Journal file. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.

To learn more about the vulnerability, see Microsoft Security Bulletin MS16-056.
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Important
  • All future security and non-security updates for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 require update 2919355 to be installed. We recommend that you install update 2919355 on your Windows RT 8.1-based, Windows 8.1-based, or Windows Server 2012 R2-based computer so that you receive future updates.
  • If you install a language pack after you install this update, you must reinstall this update. Therefore, we recommend that you install any language packs that you need before you install this update. For more information, see Add language packs to Windows.
How to obtain and install the update

Method 1: Windows Update

This update is available through Windows Update. When you turn on automatic updating, this update will be downloaded and installed automatically. For more information about how to turn on automatic updating, see Get security updates automatically.

Note For Windows RT 8.1, this update is available through Windows Update only.

Method 2: Microsoft Download Center

You can obtain the stand-alone update package through the Microsoft Download Center. Follow the installation instructions on the download page to install the update.

Click the download link in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS16-056 that corresponds to the version of Windows that you are running.
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Security update deployment information

Windows Vista (all editions)

Reference Table

The following table contains the security update information for this software.
Security update file namesFor all supported 32-bit editions of Windows Vista:
Windows6.0-KB3155178-x86.msu
For all supported x64-based editions of Windows Vista:
Windows6.0-KB3155178-x64.msu
Installation switchesSee Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 934307
Restart requirementIn some cases, this update does not require a system restart. If the required files are being used, this update will require a system restart. If this behavior occurs, you receive a message that advises you to restart your system. For more information about the reasons why you may be prompted to restart, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 887012.
Removal informationWUSA.exe does not support uninstall of updates. To uninstall an update installed by WUSA, click Control Panel, and then click Security. Under Windows Update, click View installed updates and select from the list of updates.
File informationSee Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 3155178
Registry key verificationNote A registry key does not exist to validate the presence of this update.

Windows 7 (all editions)

Reference Table

The following table contains the security update information for this software.
Security update file nameFor all supported 32-bit editions of Windows 7:
Windows6.1-KB3155178-x86.msu
For all supported x64-based editions of Windows 7:
Windows6.1-KB3155178-x64.msu
Installation switchesSee Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 934307
Restart requirementIn some cases, this update does not require a system restart. If the required files are being used, this update will require a system restart. If this behavior occurs, you receive a message that advises you to restart your system. For more information about the reasons why you may be prompted to restart, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 887012.
Removal informationTo uninstall an update installed by WUSA, use the /Uninstall setup switch or click Control Panel, click System and Security, and then Under Windows Update, click View installed updates and select from the list of updates.
File informationSee Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 3155178
Registry key verificationNote A registry key does not exist to validate the presence of this update.

Windows 8.1 (all editions)

Reference Table

The following table contains the security update information for this software.
Security update file nameFor all supported 32-bit editions of Windows 8.1:
Windows8.1-KB3155178-x86.msu
For all supported x64-based editions of Windows 8.1:
Windows8.1-KB3155178-x64.msu
Installation switchesSee Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 934307
Restart requirementIn some cases, this update does not require a system restart. If the required files are being used, this update will require a system restart. If this behavior occurs, you receive a message that advises you to restart your system. For more information about the reasons why you may be prompted to restart, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 887012.
Removal informationTo uninstall an update installed by WUSA, use the /Uninstall setup switch or click Control Panel, click System and Security, click Windows Update, and then Under Windows Update, click View installed updates and select from the list of updates.
File informationSee Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 3155178
Registry key verificationNote A registry key does not exist to validate the presence of this update.

Windows RT 8.1

Reference table

The following table contains the security update information for this software.
DeploymentThese updates are available via Windows Update only.
Restart RequirementIn some cases, this update does not require a restart. If the required files are being used, this update will require a restart. If this behavior occurs, you receive a message that advises you to restart.
Removal InformationClick Control Panel, click System and Security, click Windows Update, and then under See also, click Installed updates and select from the list of updates.
File InformationSee Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 3155178

Windows 10 (all editions)

Reference table

The following table contains the security update information for this software.
Security update file nameFor all supported 32-bit editions of Windows 10:
Windows10.0-KB3156387-x86.msu
For all supported x64-based editions of Windows 10:
Windows10.0-KB3156387-x64.msu
For all supported 32-bit editions of Windows 10 Version 1511:
Windows10.0-KB3156421-x86.msu
For all supported x64-based editions of Windows 10 Version 1511:
Windows10.0-KB3156421-x64.msu
Installation switchesSee Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 934307
Restart requirementA system restart is required after you apply this security update.
Removal informationTo uninstall an update installed by WUSA, use the /Uninstall setup switch or click Control Panel, click System and Security, click Windows Update, and then under See also, click Installed updates and select from the list of updates.
File informationSee Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 3156387
See Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 3156421
Registry key verificationNote A registry key does not exist to validate the presence of this update.

How to obtain help and support for this security update

Help for installing updates: Support for Microsoft Update

Security solutions for IT professionals: TechNet Security Troubleshooting and Support

Help for protecting your Windows-based computer from viruses and malware: Virus Solution and Security Center

Local support according to your country: International Support
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Article ID: 3156761 - Last Review: 05/10/2016 17:03:00 - Revision: 1.0

Windows 10, Windows 10 Version 1511, Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows Vista Service Pack 2

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