October 2015 Java releases

Java 9 (next)

New Java version is under development. Preliminary JDK versions and information can be found at https://jdk9.java.net/

Java 9 general availability is planned for September 2016.

Java 8 (current)

Java 8 is the current Java version.

Java 8 JDK/JRE update 65/66 (8u65/8u66) has been released. In addition to several fixes, this release does include additional currencies (fund codes) support. Release 66 bug fixes set is bigger.

Complete release notes can be found here.

JDK 8 can be downloaded here.

Java 7 (end-of-life)

Java 7 79/80 is the last public release. Updates are available for Oracle commercial customers only.

JDK 7u80 can be downloaded from Java 7 Archive downloads.

Java 6 (end-of-life)

Java 6 45 is the last public release. Updates are available for Oracle commercial customers only.

JDK 6u45 can be downloaded from Java 6 Archive downloads.

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April 2015 Java releases

Java 9

New Java version is under development. Preliminary JDK versions and information can be found at https://jdk9.java.net/

Java 8

Java 8 is the current Java version.

Java 8 JDK/JRE update 45 has been released. This is mainly a bug fix release. No new functionalities have been introduced.

Complete bug fix list can be found at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/2col/8u45-bugfixes-2494164.html

JDK 8 can be downloaded from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk8-downloads-2133151.html
Java 7

Java 7 79/80 is the last public release.

As happened for the latest realese, also latest Java 7 update is splitted in two releases:

  • Update 79 which includes critical security updates only
  • Update 80 which includes 79 updates plus a new command line option to detect deprecated mechanisms: endorsed-standards and extensions.

Endorsed-standards is a way to update Java core to the latest version of non Java standards. Extensions allows us to extend the Java core with new libraries and functionalities. Both mechanism have been declared deprecated and they will be phase-out in the next future. The option introduced in Java 7u80 detect if these mechanisms have been used i our environments.

Update 79 release notes can be found at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/7u79-relnotes-2494161.html

Update 80 release notes can be found at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/7u80-relnotes-2494162.html

JDK 7 can be downloaded from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk7-downloads-1880260.html

Still using JAVA 6 and previous versions ? Have a look at  http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/archive-139210.html

Jan 2015 Java releases

Java 9

New Java version is under development. Preliminary JDK versions and information can be found at https://jdk9.java.net/

Java 8

Java 8 is the current Java version.

Java 8 JDK/JRE update 31 has been released. In addition to several fixes, this release disables by default the SSLv3 protocol which has been found to have a design defect which cannot be solved. If you’re curios about it, have a look here.

Complete bug fix list can be found at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/2col/8u31-bugfixes-2389095.html

JDK 8 can be downloaded from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk8-downloads-2133151.html

Java 7

Latest Java 7 update is splitted in two releases:

  • Update 75 which includes critical security updates only

  • Update 76 which includes 75 updates plus some other minor updates.

Both updates disable by default the SSLv3 protocol.

Update 75 bug fixes can be found at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/7u75-relnotes-2389086.html

Update 76 bug fixes can be found at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/7u76-relnotes-2389087.html

JDK 7 can be downloaded from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk7-downloads-1880260.html

Remember that Java 7 JDK is planned to go to end-of-life on April 2015.

Latest Java updates

Java 9

New Java version is under development. Preliminary JDK versions and information can be found at https://jdk9.java.net/

Java 8

Java 8 is the current Java version.

Java 8 JDK/JRE update 25 has been released. It includes security fixes only so it is suggested to be installed whenever it is possible.

Complete bug fix list can be found at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/2col/8u25-bugfixes-2298227.html

JDK 8 update 25 can be downloaded from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk8-downloads-2133151.html

Java 7

First two important news about Java 7:

Latest Java 7 update is splitted in two releases:

  • Update 71 which includes critical security updates only
  • Update 72 which includes 71 updates plus some other minor updates.

Oracle suggests to migrate to update 71 unless you are affected by problems fixed in 72 update.

Update 71 bug fixes can be found at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/7u71-relnotes-2296187.html

Update 72 bug fixes can be found at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/7u72-relnotes-2296190.html

JDK 7 update 71 and 72 can be downloaded from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk7-downloads-1880260.html

New Java releases: 8u20 and 7u67

 JDK 8

After the 8u11 release on mid of July, Oracle has released JDK 8u20 which includes several new and updated tools and a significant amount of bug fixes.

Java Mission Control has been updated to version 5.4. JMC is a tool to monitor and collect data from running applications and Java run-time environments.

AMC (Advanced Management Console) is a Java applications and versions usage collector and analysis tool. It requires a commercial license.

Another commercial product is the new JRE installer for Windows which fully support MSI technology.

Nice feature for 64bit users is in the Java Control Panel where we can select to automatically update  both 32bit and 64bit JRE.

Complete release notes can be found at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/8u20-relnotes-2257729.html

Bug fixes: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/2col/8u20-bugfixes-2257730.html

By the way, the famous Java 8 bugs which affected several third party tools like jRebel (see for example http://www.infoq.com/news/2014/08/Java8-U11-Broke-Tools) has been fixed. See https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8051012 for details.

JDK 7

New update also for Java version 7: 7u67. This version only includes the bug fix for the verifier regression (see above).

Complete release notes can be found at  http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/7u67-relnotes-2251330.html

JDK 6
Java 6 and previous versions are at end of life stage so they are no more updated.

New Java release: 7u40

Oracle has released new Java 7 CPU (see meaning here) release: 7u40.

Complete release notes can be found here but let me mention two important news.

First is related to several improvements and bug fixes for the Mac OS X platform which include support for Retina displays. For more details, look here.

The second one is the inclusion of the JavaFX environment inside the JDK, together with long list of bug fixes.

New Java release: 7u25

Java_LogoOracle has released new Java 7 CPU (see meaning here) release: 7u25.

The release contains, in addition to usual security bug fixes, several changes that are also targeted to improve security.

The complete list of changes is here but let me remark the most important changes:

  • several changes on signed jar management including the check, before execution, that the certificate is valid (not revoked). The check can delay applet/application startup.
  • new attributes on JAR manifest file (permissions, to control jar execution authorizations, and codebase,to control who is using the JAR) has been introduced to let JAR author to better control JAR usage.

Other 40 bug fixes are documented here.