Oracle JDK 7u21 released with new security features

Oracle has released a Critical Patch Update for Java, which includes updates to JDK 6 and 7. More information on the CPU content can be found on blogs.oracle.com/security and in the release notes (7u21, 6u45). The JDK 7 Update also introduces a number of feature enhancements intended to improve security. For more information on these features, see the release notes.

The releases are available from the following download sites:

Q: Is there a JDK 6 Update available as well?
A: Yes, we continue to make JDK 6 Updates available to Oracle support customers through My Oracle Support for the full commercial lifetime of the product (currently December 2016). Also, although we have passed the End of Public Updates milestone, we decided to push out one additional public update of JDK 6 in order to make the security fixes in this CPU more broadly available.

Q: Will there be any more public updates of JDK 6?
A: No, we are not planning any more public JDK 6 updates. As of the next release which is scheduled for June we plan to move JDK 6u45 to the Oracle Java Archive.

Q: I want to continue to have free access to the Oracle JDK. Do you have any suggestions on how to migrate to JDK 7?
A: Yes, see my previous blog on this topic.

Q: I am an enterprise and need continued access to JDK 6. How do I go about getting continued support for Oracle JDK 6?
A: If you are an Oracle middleware or applications customer, support for the JDK used for your application is included in your support contract. You can also sign up for Java SE Support which extends support to our JDK when used with any custom or 3rd party application.

Q: Is Java SE Support price list publicly available?
A: Yes, see shop.oracle.com. Current pricing (April 17, 2013) is $5 per desktop and $250 per processor on servers, per year. For large volumes, contact Oracle Sales.

Comments:

Can you elaborate on the situation regarding OS-X? Will Apple owners receive Java SE 6 upgrades after 6u45?

Posted by guest on April 23, 2013 at 04:17 AM PDT #

Hi guest - I don't know what Apple plans, but my guess is that they will provide updates for a while longer.

Posted by Henrik on April 23, 2013 at 06:42 AM PDT #

Apple did the same thing when 5.0 and 1.4.2 went out of public support.

Posted by Yuhong Bao on April 23, 2013 at 01:49 PM PDT #

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Henrik Stahl is VP of Product Management in the Java Platform Group at Oracle, and is responsible for product strategy for Java ME and SE.

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