Security update: OpenJDK 7u55 (created with icedtea 2.4.7)

On “patch tuesday”, two days ago, Oracle released their April update of the Java SE platform.

The new version of Java is “7 update 55” and addresses several vulnerabilities. The IcedTea team have now prepared version 2.4.7 of their OpenJDK build framework which will compile an OpenJDK version in sync with Oracle’s release. Please read the announcement on Andrew’s blog for all the release details.

Update 55 Build 14 of OpenJDK 7  addresses these critical issues:

* Security fixes:

Please update your installed openjdk or openjre packages with this new version! You’ll notice that browsers like Firefox and Chrome/Chromium no longer load Java applets by default and ask you for explicit approval to load and run them.

You can visit the following URL after you upgraded your OpenJDK package (assuming you also upgraded to my latest icedtea-web package): http://java.com/en/download/testjava.jsp to verify that your Java plus the web plugin are working properly.

java_tested_7u55

Get my packages – they have been compiled on Slackware 13.37 and are usable on 13.37 as well as 14.0, 14.1 and -current! Get them preferably from a mirror site (faster downloads):

Further packages that are recommended/required:

  • Optional: If you want a Java browser-plugin you must install icedtea-web (OpenJDK itself does not contain such a plugin).
  • Required: The rhino package is a dependency of the openjdk/openjre package. It contains the JavaScript engine for OpenJDK.

Note that you should only install one of the two packages, either openjdk or openjre, do not install both at the same time or things will break! The openjdk package contains the jre (java runtime) as well as the java development kit.

Eric

3 thoughts on “Security update: OpenJDK 7u55 (created with icedtea 2.4.7)



  1. Sorry, I accidentally hit space. Just wanted to say thank you for providing this critical update, and it’s working fine here.

    lems


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