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Last week: new Chromium, Flash, OpenJDK

Real life is taking precedence these days, and I have not been able to work on Slackware so much lately. I did release some updated packages last week.


chromium_icon The update to my Chromium package came pretty shortly after the previous one. Major driver was the update (in Chrome) of the Pepper Flash plugin. Chromium 35.0.1916.153 comes with this list of critical bug fixes:

  • [$1000][369525] High CVE-2014-3154: Use-after-free in filesystem api. Credit to Collin Payne.
  • [$1000][369539] High CVE-2014-3155: Out-of-bounds read in SPDY. Credit to James March, Daniel Sommermann and Alan Frindell of Facebook.
  • [$500][369621] Medium CVE-2014-3156: Buffer overflow in clipboard. Credit to Atte Kettunen of OUSPG.



adobe_flash_8s600x600_2 The Flash update which triggered the new Chrome/Chromium release was announced along with a security bulletin by Adobe. My pepperflash-plugin package which I extracted from the official Chrome binaries (for use with Chromium) is now at version while the accompanying Linux flashplayer-plugin (for Mozilla-compatible browsers) went up to




icedtea Oracle released their Update 60 to Java7 a week or so ago, and it took a while to get the icedtea framework synced up to Oracle’s new OpenJDK drop. The icedtea bug tracker saw many bugfixes being applied in recent days. The icedtea version went up in minor release number: from 2.4 to 2.5.
The icedtea-2.5.0 release will compile OpenJDK 7 “Update 60 Build 30” (resulting in a package openjdk-7u60_b30).

Remember that I release packages for the JRE (runtime) and the JDK (development kit) simultaneously, but you only need to nstall 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.

The package has one dependency: rhino provides JavaScript support for OpenJDK.

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


  1. Jen

    The JRE works great with minecraft! 🙂 Truth be told, I think that’s the only thing I use java for these days…

  2. zbreaker

    Thanks as always Eric for these updates. I can appreciate your “real life” constraints. Mine (family) have been daunting for the last year or two but getting better. Be well.

  3. Drakeo

    wonder why I get so many icetea plugin folders slash logs in /tmp I am for ever having to clean them up and will probably look to a cron to do it for me. rm -rf /tmp/icedteaplugin*
    any suggestions ?

  4. Robert

    Can I install your wine and wine-pipelight be installed together? If yes, will it screw up playonlinux?

  5. alienbob

    Hi Robert

    Wine and wine-piplelight can be installed simultaneously, the installed files will not interfere.

    I am not sure about _running_ the two versions of wine at the same time (i.e. activating a Windows browser plugin theough pipelight while at the same time playing a Windows game through regular wine), it might be that there will be some interference but I have not tested this ever. The two _will_ use separate wine-prefixes so that anything you will install or reconfigure stays private to that version of wine or wine-pipelight.

  6. Justin

    I have the most recent version of your chromium packages (including the pepper flash plugin) and notice that videos in youtube and facebook say that I need to have the flash plugin installed. When I go to about plugins I do not see a listing for flash listed. Is flash disabled somehow?

  7. justin

    Update: The above post was for what I noticed on my tower. I tried reinstalling the chromium packages on my tower and flash video started working again. On my laptop I did notice that the sound on flash video stopped working. Both my tower and laptop are dell inspiron machines and both have slackware 14.1 64 bit installed. I tried reinstalling the chromium packages on my laptop and now flash doesn’t work on my laptop, however it works now, with sound, on my tower. I have to be missing something, but at the moment it escapes me.

  8. alienbob

    Justin, in order for Pepper Flash to work with chromium, the package modifies /etc/default/chromium . If you re-install chromium and install the file “/etc/default/” on top of the modified /etc/default/chromium then Chromium will no longer see the Flash plugin. Perhaps that is what happened with you? Try re-installing chromium-pepperflash-plugin because that will update the configuration file again.

  9. justin

    That worked, thanks for your help!

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