Updating the Default JDK Installed in OracleAS 10g

[June 12, 2009 Update: Added link to JDK 1.6 Note 444462.1]

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If you run Java-based applications in your organization, you're aware that you may wish to optionally update the Java Development Kit (JDK) libraries periodically to get the latest fixes for security, stability, and performance.  This applies to the E-Business Suite, naturally, so we regularly release new certifications for the latest Java releases for EBS.

Perhaps lesser-known is that this also applies to external servers running Oracle Fusion Middleware -- also known as Oracle Application Server 10g.  You may have deployed Oracle Application Server 10g on one or more application tier servers to use Discoverer, Single Sign-On, Oracle Internet Directory, Portal, or other Fusion Middleware services with the E-Business Suite.

How Do You Update Java for other Oracle Products?

Oracle Security has published the following advisory:

That note is important reading for all Oracle administrators.  It contains links to three additional documents:

If you're looking for the latest JDK 1.4 release to update an Oracle Application Server 10g instance, you can find it here:

Special thanks to those readers (you know who you are) whose persistence helped us make this JDK patch available for all of our customers.

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Comments:

Hi Steven,

Would you suggest that JDK be upgraded for the AS 10g (10.1.2) home (used alongside E-Business Suite database for Discoverer 10g) though we may not be having any upfront issues / problems with the default JDK 1.4.2 shipped with the installation ?

Regards,
Rakesh

Posted by Rakesh Tripathi on March 04, 2010 at 05:18 PM PST #

Hi, Rakesh,

I think it's really up to you. If you're not encountering any issues, I personally don't see a pressing need to update the Fusion Middleware JDK. However, some organizations (particularly highly-secure installations like military organizations) require that the latest JDK be applied as soon as it's released. It's your call.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on March 05, 2010 at 04:06 AM PST #

Hi Steven,

Is it possible to upgrade jdk to 1.5 or 1.6 in OraAS 10g(10.1.2.0.2)?

Would it cause any system inconsistency?

Thanks. Best regards,

Fatih

Posted by Fatih on October 13, 2010 at 09:13 PM PDT #

Hi, Fatih,

JDK 5 has passed its End of Service Life date, so we recommend using JDK 6 now. JDK 6 requires Oracle Application Server 10g 10.1.3.3 or higher. See Note 455492.1 for details.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 14, 2010 at 01:32 AM PDT #

Hi Seteven,

Thank you for your explanation.
I actually need to upgrade my jdbc driver to version 11.2 as my application sometimes throw "OALL8 is in an inconsistent state" along with "Protocol violation". I googled it and the solutions seems to be upgrading JDBC driver to v11.2.

I downloaded ojdbc5(for JDK5) and ojdbc6(for JDK6), however when i check the version of JDK on my OraAS, i realised that it has JDK4(java 1.4) which makes the use of ojdbc5 or ojdbc6 impossible.

I don't want to upgrade the whole AS i am not good at administration of oracle products, i am just a developer. What would you offer?

Thanks in advance.

Best regards,
Fatih

Posted by Fatih on October 14, 2010 at 04:33 PM PDT #

Hi, Fatih,

I'm afraid that I don't have any additional suggestions.

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

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 15, 2010 at 01:38 AM PDT #

Hi Steven
My english bad, I'm sorry.
I work with OAS 10 and java 1.4, I have changed to version 1.5 and the service of server reports is not up or not running and I have had to back to 1.4. What can I do to work with 1.5?.
Thank you very much.

Regards,
Jose.

Posted by Jose on December 14, 2012 at 12:28 AM PST #

Hi, Jose,

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 January 02, 2013 at 10:00 AM PST #

[oracle@apps OPatch]$ ./opatch version
Exception in thread "main" java.lang.UnsupportedClassVersionError: oracle/opatch/OPatch (Unsupported major.minor version 49.0)
at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClass0(Native Method)
at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClass(ClassLoader.java:539)
at java.security.SecureClassLoader.defineClass(SecureClassLoader.java:123)
at java.net.URLClassLoader.defineClass(URLClassLoader.java:251)
at java.net.URLClassLoader.access$100(URLClassLoader.java:55)
at java.net.URLClassLoader$1.run(URLClassLoader.java:194)
at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method)
at java.net.URLClassLoader.findClass(URLClassLoader.java:187)
at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(ClassLoader.java:289)
at sun.misc.Launcher$AppClassLoader.loadClass(Launcher.java:274)
at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(ClassLoader.java:235)
at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClassInternal(ClassLoader.java:302)

OPatch failed with error code 1

my Java version is
[root@apps java]# java -version
java version "1.4.2"
gcj (GCC) 3.4.6 20060404 (Red Hat 3.4.6-10)
Copyright (C) 2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO
warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

plz help me

Posted by guest on February 16, 2014 at 03:31 AM PST #

Hi, 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.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 17, 2014 at 09:56 AM PST #

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