URGENT BULLETIN: All E-Business Suite End-Users Must Manually Apply JRE 6 Updates
By Steven Chan (Oracle Development) on Jun 13, 2012
[Update Dec. 11, 2012: JRE 7 is now certified with the E-Business Suite; see this announcement for complete details.]
[Update Oct. 19, 2012: All customers can begin preparing for JRE 7 now by applying a Forms-based patch to their E-Business Suite environments. For details, see: Planning Bulletin for JRE 7: What EBS Customers Can Do Today]
[Update 10:00 AM June 20, 2012: Added reference to Note 1469230.1]
[Update 9:35 AM June 19, 2012: Added reference to Note 1412103.2]
[Update 11:40 AM June 14, 2012: Updated title based upon expanded guidance from Java team]
[Update 9:15 AM June 14, 2012: Updated entire text based on expanded guidance from Java team]
[Update 8:40 AM June 14, 2012: Clarified JRE version references]
[Update 4:13 PM June 13, 2012: Added reference to My Oracle Support Note 1467442.1]
[Update 1:40 PM June 13, 2012: Added more details on finding the Java Update tab, and options 1 to 3]
As previously announced, Oracle will shortly stop providing public updates for JRE 6.
To ensure that Java Users remain on a secure version, Windows systems that rely on auto-update will be auto-updated from JRE 6 to JRE 7.
Until EBS is certified with JRE 7, EBS users should not rely on the windows auto-update mechanism for their client machines and should manually keep the JRE up to date with the latest versions of 6 on an ongoing basis.
How to get the latest version of JRE 6
Until November of this year, the latest version of JRE 6 can be found on the Download tab of the Java SE sectionin OTN. After November of this year further CPU (critical patch updates) to JRE 6 will be available through My Oracle Support. Having a current EBS support contract grants you the right to download and use these JRE 6 versions on clients accessing EBS.
Within your organization, you may distribute the latest version of JRE 6 to your users and ask them to run the installer on their systems (or use equivalent enterprise desktop distribution mechanisms).
To maintain the security of your users’ desktops it is strongly recommended that you repeat the steps above after each CPU release.
For Oracle Java SE Critical Patch Updates, the next three dates are listed on the Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin. You can subscribe to the RSS feed on the Bulletin above to receive updates to the CPU schedules.
Reverting back to Java 6 from Java 7
If an E-Business Suite end-user's desktop has been inadvertently upgraded to JRE 1.7, you must:
Stay on Java 6 for now
EBS customers should continue to run JRE 1.6 (a.k.a. JRE 6) on their Windows end-user desktops, and JDK 6 on their EBS servers.
If a search engine has brought you to this article, please check the Certifications summary for our latest certified Java release.
Our plans for certifying Java 7 for the E-Business Suite
We plan on releasing the Java 7 certification for E-Business Suite customers in two phases:
- Phase 1: Certify JRE 7 for Windows end-user desktops
- Phase 2: Certify JDK 7 for server-based components
When will Java 7 be certified with EBS?
We're working on the first phase now. At this time, we cannot provide delivery dates, but you can monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates.
Current known issues with JRE 1.7 in EBS environments
Our current testing shows that there are known incompatibilities
between JRE 1.7 and the Forms-invocation process in EBS environments. In the meantime, EBS customers should not deploy JRE 1.7 to their end-user Windows desktop clients. EBS customers should remain on JRE 6 at this time.
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