Sun JRE 1.6.0_31 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java logoI'm pleased to let you know that the latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_31 (a.k.a. JRE 6u31-b05) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.  

What's new in Java 1.6.0_31?

See the 1.6.0_31 Update Release Notes for details about what has changed in this release.  This release is available for download from the usual Sun channels and through the 'Java Automatic Update' mechanism.

Worried about the 'mismanaged session cookie' issue?

No need to worry -- it's fixed.  To recap: JRE releases 1.6.0_18 through 1.6.0_22 had issues with mismanaging session cookies that affected some users in some circumstances.

The fix for those issues was first included in JRE 1.6.0_23. These fixes will carry forward and continue to be fixed in all future JRE releases.  In other words, if you wish to avoid the mismanaged session cookie issue, you should apply any release after JRE 1.6.0_22.

All JRE releases are certified with EBS upon release

Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and higher.  We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all JRE releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE releases to your EBS users' desktops.  If you wish, your desktop administrators can enable the Java "Automatic updates" option on your end-users' desktops.

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What is the status of 64-bit browser and 64-bit JRE being certified?

Posted by Ian Neal on February 15, 2012 at 12:05 PM PST #

What is the status of certifying Java 7?

Posted by Barb on February 16, 2012 at 07:48 AM PST #

Ian,

No news on the 64-bit browser + 64-bit JRE certification yet. It's still in process.

That said, I am curious about your business need for the final certification (Win7 64-bit + 64-bit browsers and JREs). Firefox 64-bit releases seem to lag in functionality and in the general release cycle. Some reports suggest that 64-bit browsers do not necessarily provide improved performance across the board, and may have compatibility issues -- most notably with Flash, since Adobe is still working on their 64-bit Flash Player.

Even more telling, in fresh installs of Windows 7 64-bit, Microsoft configures the default browser to be IE 32-bit, not IE 64-bit. In other words, end-users need to take an extra step to run the 64-bit version of IE.

If you're planning to reconfigure your users' desktops to invoke a 64-bit browser by default, I'd be very interested in understanding your reasons. Feel free to post a comment here or drop me an email.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 16, 2012 at 08:09 AM PST #

Hi, Barb,

Our initial plans will be to certify the JRE 7 (1.7) client with the E-Business Suite. This certification is underway now.

We'll follow up on that later with a certification of the JDK 7 server-based Java components.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 16, 2012 at 08:11 AM PST #

Steve,

Does Oracle provide any recommendations regarding the "next-generation Java Plug-in" option. The next-generation Java Plug-in is enabled by default, but we noticed that this options works with certain version of Java only. E.g. Java 6 Update 12, you see issues when you check this option. For newer Java 6 updates, this is not an issue.

Thanks
Naveen

Posted by Naveen on February 16, 2012 at 02:20 PM PST #

Naveen,

Yes, there are several references to "next generation Java"
in our documentation:

Upgrading Sun JRE (Native Plug-in) with Oracle Applications 11i for Windows Clients (Metalink Note 290807.1

I can't comment on whether this seems to work erratically in some Java releases. If you're encountering issues with that, I'd recommend logging a Service Request so that one of our Java specialists can investigate.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 17, 2012 at 09:53 AM PST #

Hi Steven,

Currently our users have a desktop provided by Citrix XenApp 4.5 running on top of Windows 2003 R2 (though a few have Windows XP desktops instead). Over the next 9 months we will be upgrading to Citrix XenApp 6.5 running on top of Windows 2008 R2 (and Windows XP desktops moving to Windows 7), so I am just looking at our options. As you say most add-ons/plug-ins are only available in 32-bit flavours, so it does look like we will be enforcing the use of 32-bit browsers within 64-bit OSes.

Regards,

Ian

Posted by Ian Neal on February 19, 2012 at 06:47 AM PST #

Hi, Ian,

Thanks for the additional background on your requirements. That's helpful. Good luck with your upgrade. I'd be interested in hearing about your experiences with that. Feel free to drop me a line or post a comment to let me know how it went.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 20, 2012 at 10:59 AM PST #

Hello,
We are performing the jinitiator upgrade in 11.5.0.2. We are successfull in all activities. But during JRE activity, we are getting the below error. Can anyone help us
--------------------------------------------------------
txkSetPlugin.sh 16026

AutoConfig completed successfully.
Upgrading j2se16026 for Oracle Workflow...

Failed to Upgrade the version of JInitiator/J2SE used by Oracle Workflow
--------------------------------------------------------

Posted by guest on February 25, 2012 at 05:53 PM PST #

Hello, Guest,

I'm sorry to hear that you've encountered an issue with this.

We can provide general conceptual guidance here, but I'm afraid that this blog isn't the best place to get technical support for specific issues like the one that you're working through.

Your best bet would be to log a formal Service Request via My Oracle Support (formerly Metalink) to get one of our specialists engaged.

Please feel free to forward your Service Request number to me if it gets stuck in the support process for some reason.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 27, 2012 at 09:39 AM PST #

The reason you will probably get the error above, could be one of two things, you did not download the appropriate jre-6u26-windows-i586.exe, which you have to rename to j2se16026.exe on $COMMON_TOP/util/jinitiator. The other could be that you did not upgrade the OS JDK to the current version. If both were done, you should not have any problems.

Posted by Clive on March 06, 2012 at 12:52 PM PST #

Steven,

Given JRE 6 would be End of Life by November 2012, is the date likely to be extended since JRE 7 is not yet certified to work with R11i & R12. Could you please provide your recommendation on usage of JRE 6 beyond November 2012.

Thanks
Vikas

Posted by Vikas on April 25, 2012 at 02:34 AM PDT #

Hi Steve,

Our customer currently is on JRE6 (R12 env. - 1.6.0_21 and 11i env. - 1.6.0_20) and wants to know the below -

Given JRE 6 would be End of Life by November 2012, is the date likely to be extended since JRE 7 is not yet certified to work with R11i & R12. Could you please provide your recommendation on usage of JRE 6 beyond November 2012.

Thanks for your support.

Regards,
Parag Sethi

Posted by Parag Sethi on April 26, 2012 at 06:43 AM PDT #

Hi, Vikas, Parag,

It appears that both of you may have received incorrect information. JRE 6 is supported for Windows clients until December 2016. Please feel free to refer to the Java End of Life support documentation to validate that yourselves.

We will certify JRE 7 well in advance of JRE 6's end of life date.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on April 26, 2012 at 12:53 PM PDT #

Steven,

Thanks for the update.

I have been looking at the below URL under section "Java SE Support Roadmap". The EOL notice states JRE 6 will be end of life by November 2012 and only if we upgrade to Oracle Java SE commercial offerings we would get extended support till December 2016. However it would not appear feasible to pay more for extended support when JRE 7 has not been certified yet.

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/eol-135779.html

I hope I have understood this correctly, please clarify.

Regards,
Vikas

Posted by Vikas on April 26, 2012 at 02:23 PM PDT #

First, thank you for a truly helpful blog.

I am a bit confused by the JRE anouncements. The main posts states
"... all JRE releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team."

However in one of the replies, I read "Our initial plans will be to certify the JRE 7 (1.7) client with the E-Business Suite. This certification is underway now."

Am I correct in assuming we can update the CLIENTS with the latest JRE but await certification for the SERVERS?

I am also having trouble finding the certification matrix for 11.5.10.2 on MOS. Would you provide the note number for this.

Posted by Chad on May 11, 2012 at 08:26 AM PDT #

Hi, Chad,

Thanks for the feedback on our blog. Glad to hear that you've found it useful. I've since tweaked the text in the latest announcement (for update 32) to read:

"Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the 1.6 codeline."

You should wait for our certification of JRE 1.7 before applying that to your end-users' desktops. We'll be releasing the JRE certification first, and then follow that up later with the JDK certification for servers later.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on May 30, 2012 at 09:11 AM PDT #

As for certification matrices:

I've published a one-page summary of all of the latest E-Business Suite techstack certifications externally here:

http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/resource/certifications.html

That listing summarizes the official CERTIFY database on My Oracle Support. The CERTIFY database is the official and authoritative reference for all E-Business Suite certifications.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on May 30, 2012 at 09:13 AM PDT #

Vikas,

We're looking into the implications of the Java support policies now. I'll post updates here, but you will also get updates through your official Oracle channels for GE (I've been looped into your other escalation).

Regards,
Steven

Posted by guest on May 30, 2012 at 12:35 PM PDT #

Our Application is on 11.5.9.2 and upgrading to ATG 6,JDK1.6, which are certified. Could you advice if JDK 1.6 is certification implies to JRE 1.6 also. As we did not find any note specific to JRE 1.6 certification/supported with 11.5.9.2.

Regards/Satish

Posted by Satish on June 21, 2012 at 02:02 PM PDT #

Satish,

Premier Support for 11.5.9 ended in June 2008. Extended Support is not available for that release.

Extended Support for 11.5.10.2 runs until November 2013. We *strongly* recommend that you get to 11.5.10.2, at minimum, since we can only issue patches for issues that reproduce on 11.5.10.2 now.

We have not tested 11.5.9 with any of the latest JRE 1.6 releases. I don't have any reason to suspect that this would be problematic, but that statement is made without any current empirical data. If you're going to try to deploy this combination, I would recommend testing it carefully before rolling it out to your end-users.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 21, 2012 at 02:16 PM PDT #

Vikas,

I'm cleaning up some old comments. In case you missed it, I recently published an article that directly addresses your question about JRE 6:

Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users (Oracle E-Business Suite Technology)
https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/what_does_the_java_6

Also, you've probably learned by now that we've certified JRE 7. See:

Java JRE 7 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite
https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/jre_7_certified_with_oracle

Regards,
Steven

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on January 04, 2013 at 02:49 PM PST #

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