Windows 7 and Server 2008 getting mandatory updates killing SHA-1 patches | 2/20/2019 | Staff
moni (Posted by) Level 3
Microsoft has announced via a new support article that it will be phasing out the Secure Hash Algorithm 1 (SHA-1) based portion of its cryptographic signing of Windows updates across all actively supported distributions (Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 10, and Windows Server 2019) in favor of solely signing with the newer and more secure SHA-2 algorithm.

According to Microsoft, the reason for this transition from dual signing operating system updates with both SHA-1 and SHA-2 to just using SHA-2 is because of SHA-1 "...[becoming] less secure over time due to weaknesses found in the algorithm, increased processor performance, and the advent of cloud...
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