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 Product Version | Latest Service Pack  | Latest GDR Update  | Latest Cumulative Update  | CU Release Date |  General Guidance  

 SQL Server 2016  | SP2 (KB 4052908)   | KB4057118                 | CU 8 (KB 4077064)               | 3/19/2018            | SQL Server 2016 Installation  

 SQL Server 2012  | SP4 (KB 4018073)   | KB4057116                 |  N/A                                         |                               |SQL Server 2012 Installation

 My SQL server is in SQL Server 2016 SP2 (KB 4052908), Do I still need to install  KB4057118 ?
 SQL Server  is in 2012 SP4 (KB 4018073), do I still need to install KB4057116?  

 Please help me clarify it. Thanks
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This is really unclear... but the GDR update states it is for SP1 and it was released prior to SP2 so SP2 could contain it already.

GDRs are quick fixes so they are released outside the standard Cumulative Updates or even Service Packs and they should be included in the next CU or SP.

OTOH, you may simply try to install KB4057118 GDR because the installation must check whether the SQL Server version is suitable for this patch.

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Some searching showed I am correct with the above post. This article says GDRs are cumulated to CUs and CUs are then cumulated to SPs...

Even when SQL 2012 SP4 does not contain KB4057116 there is no need to install GDR when you don't care about this specific problem.
Hi wasabi3689,

was the information about MS patches philosophy sufficient for your further decision? Do you have additional questions?

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