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Security updates for OpenJDK 7 and 8

icedteaAs you know, I use the IcedTea framework to compile my openjdk/openjre packages. Andrew Hughes (aka GNU/Andrew) who is the release manager has announced new versions of IcedTea: 2.6.13 which builds Java7 (OpenJDK 7u171_b02) and also icedtea-3.7.0 for Java8 (OpenJDK 8u161_b12). These releases sync the OpenJDK support in IcedTea to the January 2018 security fixes for Java.

The announcements will surely be posted on Andrew’s blog soon, but for now I leave you with the posts to the “distro-pkg-dev” mailing list: icedtea-2.6.13 and icedtea-3.7.0. These posts contain the list of security issues that have been fixed.

As always, it is very much recommended that you upgrade your OpenJDK or OpenJRE packages to the latest version.

Here is where you can download the Slackware packages for openjdk and openjre (this is Java8):

And the Slackware packages for openjdk7 and openjre7 (Java7 for those who still need this):

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 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.


  1. Jen

    Awesome, thanks! 🙂

  2. Raveriux

    Just a little bit curiuos. Qupzilla a lightweight Qt we browser became a part of KDE with the name changed to Falkon. May it be a good addition to PLASMA5 packages in the next release?

  3. Gérard Monpontet

    Raveriux, i agree with you for ‘falkon’, because i use it, but this thread, concern, ‘OpenJDK’ 😉

  4. alienbob

    Well, it’s just a first release of Falkon after having been renamed from QupZilla, so I may add this later to applications-extra. But I will let its development cool down a bit to get something stable. Too many commits in a short while at the moment.

  5. Eduardo

    Thank you Eric!

  6. Bernie

    alienbob, thanks so much for the post.Much thanks again. Really Cool.

  7. Alex

    Actually ZuluJDK is better than OpenJDK
    Zulu is a fully tested, compatibility verified, and trusted binary distribution of OpenJDK

  8. Alex

    Can you guys in Slackware make package for .Net Core runtime and .Net Core SDK please?

    IDK where to send this request.
    Thank you!

  9. alienbob

    Alex – I am not interested in the least, to mess with a binary re-distribution of OpenJDK which I did not compile myself. If you do not trust my work, kindly fuck off here, as you are not my intended audience.

    And asking “you guys” to create a package for .Net software? First of all, this is my personal blog, so no “you guys” to be found here. Second, I am not going to build and package .Net software.

    If you want a package, you write the SlackBuild and submit it to for inclusion into the repository. That’s more rewarding than asking people to do it for you, for free.

    Don’t come back here please.

  10. Alex

    @alienbob, IDK what makes u so mad, but it really works…

    Anyway, ordinarily people live and learn. u just live, u fking Dutch!
    stupid fk

  11. Alex

    and it’s better to let someone think u r an idiot than to open ur mouth and prove it, dumbfk

  12. alienbob


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