Are You Ready for the Next Java SE Update?

Oracle has created two new resources, the 
Java RIA Security Checklist and the Java Security Resource Center to help you prepare for the next Java SE update, Java SE 7 update 51 (scheduled for January 2014). This release changes the deployment requirements for Applet & Web Start applications with two new requirements: 

  1. Use of the Permissions Manifest attribute
  2. Valid code signatures. 

These changes will not affect developers of back-end or client applications; the scope is limited only to Java Applets & Web Start Applications (RIAs). Read details in the blog  New security requirements for RIAs in 7u51.

Java RIA Security Checklist


The changes scheduled for Java 7 update 51 means the default security slider will require Code Signatures and the Permissions Manifest attribute. Java RIA Security Checklist
 provides best practices to help development teams track work necessary to accommodate user prompts.

Security Resource Center


Oracle has launched a new Java Security Resource Center to aggregate security-related information for the Java community based on your role: developer, system administrator, home user, or security professional.

Additional Resources

Note:
 To ensure that end users’ systems are secure when using Java-based content, Oracle strongly recommends that you always upgrade to the most recent release. You can remove old versions of Java either during upgrades or by using the Java Uninstall Tool on Java.com.

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