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What is the different between GDR security update and CU security update?

I am looking to understand difference between the below two updates. If I apply KB3194724, would it also include KB 3194721?

  1. Build 11.00.6567 (3194724 MS16-136: Description of the security update for SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 3 CU: November 8, 2016)

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  1. Build 11.0.6248.0 (3194721 MS16-136: Description of the security update for SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 3 GDR: November 8, 2016) for SQL Server 2012?

Which one should I apply if SQL Server 2012 is on SP3?

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You should install the latest CU for SQL 2012 SP3.

As of today (10 May 2017) it is CU8

The SQL version number will give you a good indication of what is more recent.

An explanation of what GDR means can be found here.

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Latest one is sufficient to apply at SQLServer 2008 R2 SP3 as it will cover everything.I recommend you to apply Build 11.00.6567 (3194724 MS16-136: Description of the security update for SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 3 CU: November 8, 2016). Wherever the version is high then we can consider it as SQL Server subsystem is up to date with patches.

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