The release announcement can be found on the distro-pkg-dev mailing list. It has a long long list of improvements and bugfixes – probably caused by the large hiatus between this and the previous release.
A list of CVE’s is associated with the new release. Here is the skinny – all security fixes mentioned in the post:
- S8046656: Update protocol support - S8047125, CVE-2015-0395: (ref) More phantom object references - S8047130: Fewer escapes from escape analysis - S8048035, CVE-2015-0400: Ensure proper proxy protocols - S8049253: Better GC validation - S8050807, CVE-2015-0383: Better performing performance data handling - S8054367, CVE-2015-0412: More references for endpoints - S8055304, CVE-2015-0407: More boxing for DirectoryComboBoxModel - S8055309, CVE-2015-0408: RMI needs better transportation considerations - S8055479: TLAB stability - S8055489, CVE-2014-6585: Better substitution formats - S8056264, CVE-2014-6587: Multicast support improvements - S8056276, CVE-2014-6591: Fontmanager feature improvements - S8057555, CVE-2014-6593: Less cryptic cipher suite management - S8058982, CVE-2014-6601: Better verification of an exceptional invokespecial - S8059485, CVE-2015-0410: Resolve parsing ambiguity - S8061210, CVE-2014-3566: Issues in TLS
The new Java is properly detected by Oracle’s Java version tester at http://java.com/en/download/testjava.jsp :
Note about usage:
Remember that I release packages for the JRE (runtime) and the JDK (development kit) simultaneously, but you only need to install one of the two. The JRE is sufficient if you only want to run Java programs (including Java web plugins). Only in case where you’d want to develop Java programs and need a Java compiler, you are in need of the JDK package. Get them here.
Optionally: If you want to use Java in a web browser (which supports NPAPI plugins – this excludes Chrome & Chromium but you’ll be OK with all Mozilla [-compatible] browsers) then you’ll have to install my icedtea-web package too. While Oracle’s JDK contains a browser plugin, that one is closed-source and therefore Icedtea offers an open source variant which does a decent job.
If you want to compile this OpenJDK package yourself, you need to install apache-ant additionally. Note that the previous requirements of xalan & xerces packages have been dropped; ant will provide all required build functionality on its own now.
Have fun! Eric