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After the .NET Framework experienced issues after Microsoft’s July Patch updates, the software giant is just now releasing a fix for the issue.

Microsoft originally published July updates on Patch Tuesday for all supported Windows versions, and they included a fix for a .NET Framework security feature bypass vulnerability (CVE-2018-8356).

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Later that month, Microsoft acknowledged it was aware of a .NET Framework bug produced by the latest updates causing applications to fail to start or run correctly, so it decided to pull the updates completely to prevent more systems from suffering from the issue.

“If you installed the July 2018 update and have not yet seen any negative behavior, we recommend that you leave your systems as-is but closely monitor them and ensure that you apply upcoming .NET Framework updates,” the company said in its July 20 advisory.

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Microsoft finally released a fix Monday for all affected .NET Framework versions, and it said computers suffering from the bug should install it as soon as possible. Otherwise, it’s better to wait until the next regular update, Microsoft said.

“Today, we released the July 2018 Update that fixes an issue in .NET Framework 2.0, 3.5, 3.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1, 4.7.2. We recommend that you apply this update if you are experiencing the issue described in the known issues Knowledge Base article 4345913,” Microsoft said Monday.

The update isn’t shipped automatically to Windows systems via Windows Update, but is only offered as a manual download from the Microsoft Update Catalog.

This means systems impacted by the bug won’t get the fix until the next Patch Tuesday cycle unless the fix is downloaded and installed for each device.

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