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Security updates for Java and Flash


Adobe released the June updates for their Flash Player plugins.
The Slackware packages for version of the flashplayer-plugin (NPAPI plugin for Mozilla based browsers) and the chromium-pepperflash-plugin (PPAPI plugin for Chromium based browsers have been uploaded to my repository already.
Upgrade please, if you are still in need of Flash.

And another ‘controversial’ technology had security updates in the last few weeks:


icedteaThere have been new releases for the IcedTea framework: the version 2.6.14 compiles Java 7 and version 3.8.0 compiles Java 8.
The new Java7 is OpenJDK 7u181_b01 and for Java8 I have OpenJDK 8u171_b11. These releases sync OpenJDK to the April 2018 security fixes for Java.
Again, please do upgrade your OpenJDK or OpenJRE packages.

Note that the “rhino” package (implementation of the JavaScript engine used by OpenJDK) is an external dependency for OpenJDK 7, you can find a package in my repository.

If you want to compile OpenJDK (Java 7 or 8) yourself you will need apache-ant as well.

Note about java usage:

My Java 7 and Java 8 packages (e.g. openjdk7 and openjdk… or openjre7 and openjre) can not co-exist on your computer because they use the same installation directory. You must install either Java 7 or Java 8.

Remember that I release packages for the JRE (runtime environment) 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.

Here is where you can download the Slackware packages for Flash (flashplayer-plugin and chromium-pepperflash-plugin) and Java (openjre/openjdk and openjre7/openjdk7):


  1. Alek

    Just to inform that slackware64-14.2 directory is disappeared from

  2. Ricardo J. Barberis

    Yep, and slackware-14.2 is also gone.

  3. Ricardo J. Barberis

    Thanks for the updates, BTW 🙂

  4. alienbob

    Hmm no idea what happened to the taper mirror, I will have a look.
    Mind you that this taper server can vanish at any moment, since I moved all my stuff over to bear.
    I only keep taper because it contains a full set of historical Slackware releases.

  5. Eduardo

    Thank you Eric!

  6. Jen

    Had gotten this one earlier, but thanks! (And my nieces, who play on the minecraft server, thank you!) Honestly, aside from minecraft, is there anything that uses java anymore? 🙂

  7. Eduardo

    Answering Jen, yes. I am a professional translator and I use OmegaT ( This is a Java CAT (Computer Aided Translation) application which is very important for my work. And there are other Java apps scattered around, mostly in vertical markets.

  8. alienbob

    At work we use Mentor Graphics design applications, all of them are written in Java and we pay millions per year in license cost. I think Java is still pretty important in the corporate world.

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