Friday Jan 17, 2014

Java 7u51 and AutoVue

Hello all - As you may be aware, Java 7u51 was released earlier this week.  This release includes a lot of important security fixes for java - However these fixes do have some impact on users of the AutoVue client.

The first potential impact is that all applets (including the AutoVue client) must define a 'permissions' attribute in order for them to run.  We released a patch for all supported versions of AutoVue late last year that included this attribute.

The other issue is that 'LiveConnect', which is what allows Javascript to call Java code, is disabled in Java 7u51.  Most AutoVue integrations, including our integrations to Agile PLM, Web Center Content, and Documentum, make use of this mechanism to open files, start comparing files, and various other operations.  

Additionally, some older versions of Java, including Java 7u45, will disable LiveConnect once they 'notice' that Java 7u51 is available, so if a user is prompted to upgrade to Java 7u51 and refuses, LiveConnect will also be disabled.

To renable 'LiveConnect' in Java 7u51, the easiest approach is to make use of the 'Exception Site' configuration.  This configuration allows a user to indicate that a certain set of URLs are trusted - and any Java code provided from those URLs will have LiveConnect enabled.  

The 'Exception Site' list can be configured by an individual user by going into the Java control panel, but it is ultimately controlled by a text file stored inside the local Java deployment - so administrators can update the file centrally, and then push the file out to all members of an organization who need to use AutoVue.

We've published KM note 1615032.1 with more details on how to deal with these issues.

Tuesday Jan 14, 2014

Times and dates now confirmed for Enterprise Visualization Sessions at the Oracle Value Chain Summit, February 3-5, 2014

Attend Two Must See Visualization Sessions in the PLM and Cross-Value Chain Pillars

Streamline the Design and Manufacturing Process with Agile Visual Decision Making  
This session will focus on how companies can streamline and automate their PLM processes through the use of visual decision making.  Design reviews, supplier collaboration, engineering change, new product introduction and quality processes can all be enhanced and simplified through the application of visual decision making.  See firsthand process improvements that Agile customers have experienced globally, as well as, new techniques and capabilities to facilitate visual decision making.
Date:       Wed. February 5, 2014
Time:        1:25 pm – 2:20 pm                          
Customer Speaker: Matthew Cribb, Sr. Manager IT - Agile PLM, Qualcomm
Oracle Speakers: Lance Conard, ePLM Principal Sales Consultant
            Warren Baird Principal Product Manager, AutoVue 
  
Visual Information Navigator: Next Generation Interaction Paradigm  
  The business value of IT systems is essentially based on establishing, understanding and manipulating relationships between business objects. For over 30 years, this has meant screens showing tables, rows, & columns. The look & feel may have evolved over the years, but the same paradigm has remained. Is that still the best way to visualize and manipulate relationships? We believe there is a better paradigm that will radically improve the quality & “attractiveness” of the user interaction. Join us for an interactive session featuring Oracle’s new visualization & interaction paradigm called Visual Information Navigator, which is being deployed within Fusion Supply Chain Management Applications.
Date:             Wed. February 5, 2014
Time:            2:25 pm – 3:20 pm                           
Speakers: Thierry Bonfante Senior Director, AutoVue and Visualization Development
                 Rozita Naghshin Senior Principal Product Manager, Visual Information Navigator

Drop by the Enterprise Visualization / Visual Information Navigator (VIN) pod in the exhibit hall to  see live demos of AutoVue and VIN

See the Agenda for the Value Chain summit here

Friday Jan 03, 2014

Patches Available to Assist with Newer Java Releases

First off - best wishes to all of you for a very happy new years!

 To follow up on Graham's post yesterday, some of you may have noticed that after upgrading to Java 7u45 there is an additional warning indicating "This application will be blocked in a future Java security update because the JAR file manifest does not contain the Permissions attribute".   I wanted to point out that we expect that the next java security update will start to enforcing the blocking of applets without the Permissions attribute - this means that the out of the box version of the AutoVue client will stop running after this java update is applied.   We have created patches for all supported versions - the patches, along with some additional details, are listed in the KM note Graham mentions: - KM 1594439.1

Patches that install the updated client properly on Agile PLM systems are underway and will be available soon.

If you have already moved to Java 7 update 45, or plan to move to future updates or Java when they are available, we highly recommend that you install these patches ASAP.

Thursday Jan 02, 2014

Understanding the Impact of Newer Java Versions on AutoVue Client/Server Deployment

Keeping up with the latest Java Runtime Environment (JRE) updates is both a priority and a challenge for most organizations. Similarly, Oracle’s applications that leverage the JRE by way of client-side applets must also ensure these applications continue to work properly in light of the JRE updates.

For AutoVue – specifically AutoVue Client/Server Deployment in which the most common client implementation is a Java applet – certain JRE updates have notable impact. In these cases, all efforts are made to fully detail the impact through alerts in the My Oracle Support knowledge base. In addition, when necessary product patches will be provided by Oracle to address issues between the AutoVue client and the newer JRE versions.

The two most recent examples are detailed in the following knowledge base articles – recommended reading for all AutoVue Client/Server Deployment administrators:

  • KM Note 1553322.1 – Java SE 7u21 Changes to the Java Browser Plug-in Behavior, Getting Message: "Security Warning - Do you want to run this application?" When Using AutoVue Client/Server Deployment With Java–based Customizations
  • KM Note 1594439.1 – AutoVue Client Usage with Java 7u45

In addition to being posted as ‘Alerts’ in the knowledge base so that they show up directly on your My Oracle Support dashboard (if configured properly), these types of alerts are typically also posted through the Oracle Support team’s quarterly newsletter.

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The authors of this blog are members of the AutoVue Enterprise Visualization team at Oracle. The views expressed on this blog reflect those of the members and do not necessarily reflect the views of Oracle.

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