Microsoft releases off-schedule KB5001028 update for Windows 10 to fix WPA3 flaw

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Just days after the regular update release date of Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has released an out-of-band patch to address a problem with WPA3 connections in Windows 10.

The KB5001028 update is for Windows 10 version 1909, and it fixes a problem that caused blue screens and stop error 0x7E in nwifi.sys when using a WPA3 connection. Microsoft says that the problems arose after users installed the KB4598298 or KB4601315 updates.

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In support documentation for Windows 10, Microsoft explains the problem that the KB5001028 update address: "You might receive stop error 0x7E in nwifi.sys with a blue screen when you attempt to use a Wi-Fi Protected Access 3 (WPA3) connection. You are more likely to encounter this issue when reconnecting to a Wi-Fi network after disconnecting, or when waking from sleep or hibernation".

The company points outs, however, that "most Wi-Fi networks are currently using WPA2 and are not affected".

Writing specifically about the KB5001028 update, Microsoft says:

Addresses an issue that causes stop error 0x7E in nwifi.sys when you attempt to use a Wi-Fi Protected Access 3 (WPA3) connection. This issue occurs after installing KB4598298 or KB4601315.

You can download the patch via Windows Update, Microsoft Update, from the Microsoft Update Catalog, or using Windows Server Update Services.

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