Description of the security update for SharePoint Enterprise Server 2016: July 13, 2021 (KB5001981)

Summary

This security update resolves a Microsoft SharePoint Server information disclosure vulnerability. To learn more about the vulnerability, see Microsoft Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures CVE-2021-34519.

Note: To apply this security update, you must have the release version of Microsoft SharePoint Enterprise Server 2016 installed on the computer.

This public update delivers Feature Pack 2 for SharePoint Server 2016. Feature Pack 2 contains the following feature:

  • SharePoint Framework (SPFx)

This public update also delivers all the features that were included in Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2016, including the following:

  • Administrative Actions Logging

  • MinRole enhancements

  • SharePoint Custom Tiles

  • Hybrid Taxonomy

  • OneDrive API for SharePoint on-premises

  • OneDrive for Business modern user experience (available to Software Assurance customers)

The OneDrive for Business modern user experience requires an active Software Assurance contract at the time that the experience is enabled, either by installation of the public update or by manual enablement. If you don't have an active Software Assurance contract at the time of enablement, you must turn off the OneDrive for Business modern user experience.

For more information, see the following Microsoft Docs articles:

Improvements and fixes

This article contains the following fix and improvement. To enable this update and fix the issue completely, you have to install KB 5001976 together with this update.

  • Adds the ability to change the ASP.NET view state decryption and validation keys of a SharePoint Server web application. The Set-SPMachineKey PowerShell cmdlet configures and deploys new decryption and validation keys to the servers in the farm. The Update-SPMachineKey PowerShell cmdlet deploys decryption and validation keys to the servers in the farm.

  • Fixes an issue that affects the bypass list functionality in the search crawler proxy settings by adding Windows-style wildcard support to the bypass list.

How to get and install the update

Method 1: Microsoft Update

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

Method 2: Microsoft Update Catalog

To get the standalone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

Method 3: Microsoft Download Center

You can get the standalone update package through the Microsoft Download Center. Follow the installation instructions on the download page to install the update.

More information

Security update deployment information

For deployment information about this update, see Security update deployment information: July 13, 2021 (KB5004480).

Security update replacement information

This security update replaces previously released security update 5001922.

File hash information

File name

SHA256 hash

wssloc2016-kb5001981-fullfile-x64-glb.exe

29AA31FBB3676B072ACDE83F1C53208EF5AF8F8C0F9194EE76721A7B921AFDB2

File information

Download the list of files that are included in security update 5001981.

Information about protection and security

Protect yourself online: Windows Security support

Learn how we guard against cyber threats: Microsoft Security

Change history

 The following table summarizes some of the most important changes to this topic.

Date

Description

July 22, 2021

Update the issue description about the bypass list functionality in the Improvements and fixes section.

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