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Updates for Chromium (-ungoogled also), LibreOffice, Java

Around the last weekend I worked on several package updates. In the meantime I had to battle home infrastructure breakdown, as well as the realization that I had inadvertantly opened up my SMTP server as an open relay and had to do some fast infrastructure redesign ūüôĀ

Anyway:

Chromium, regular and ungoogled.

There was a new release at the end of last week. The Chromium 107.0.5304.121 release fixes a security issue for which an exploit already exists in the wild (CVE-2022-4135).
I provide packages for this release both for chromium and chromium-ungoogled. Target OS releases are Slackware 14.2 and higher (32bit and 64bit).

LibreOffice.

The latest release of LibreOffice ‘fresh’ is 7.4.3. This is an incremental bugfix release.
I provide packages for this release, targeting Slackware 15.0 and newer.
Note that my libreoffice package depends on openjdk11 (see below). If you are running slackware-current instead of 15.0, you will additionally need boost-compat and icu4c-compat packages to provide the libraries that are no longer present in -current.

Java.

Oracle released its quarterly update to the Java source code release affecting both JDK 8 and JDK 11.
Andrew Hughes provides an updated icedtea release to be able to compile OpenJDK 8 update 352 build 08. My openjdk package targets Slackware 14.2 and newer.
And for the OpenJDK 11.0.17_8 (aka the 11.0.17 General Availability release) update I provide an openjdk11 package which targets Slackware 15.0 and newer.

Have fun!

Eric

OpenJDK11 has been added to my repository

For ages, I have had Java 7 and Java 8 packages in my repository. I compile these versions of Java from the OpenJDK sources and using the icedtea framework.

People have been asking about more recent versions of Java, in particular Java 11 and Java 17 are required more and more by software projects. So far, I have been hesitant, since icedtea still only supports Java 7 and 8. Writing a new build script from scratch is a lot of work and Java gives little reward.

Eventually, I have decided to build Java 11 packages regardless, main reason being that LibreOffice seems to need it to enable functionality in Base. Therefore expect the next update of my LibreOffice packages to have been compiled against OpenJDK11.

Note that I will not be creating separate JRE (Java Runtime Environment) packages. The JDK (Java Development Kit) is what you’ll get from me. It contains everything you need to compile and run Java programs. Don’t forget to logout and login again after installing openjdk11, since it installs a profile script which is sourced during login.

Packages are on slackware.com or on my NL or US mirror.

I took some inspiration from the SBo script maintained by Lenard Spencer, to save time, but in the end my script ended up quite different. I credited Lenard in my own script though.

$ java -version
openjdk version "11.0.16" 2022-07-19
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 11.0.16+8)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 11.0.16+8, mixed mode)
$ javac -version
javac 11.0.16

Now let’s see if I can stay op top of security updates… Andrew Hughes has been doing a stellar job of informing me about the icedtea releases that prompted me to update my openjdk/openjre packages.

October ’21 updates for OpenJDK 7 and 8

icedteaThe newly released icedtea 2.6.28 and 3.21.0 build OpenJDK 7u321_b01 and OpenJDK 8u312_b07 respectively. These releases include the October 2021 security fixes for Java 7 and 8 from Oracle.

Here is where you can download the latest Slackware packages for openjdk7 and openjre7 (Slackware 14.1 and newer):

… and openjdk and openjre version 8 (Slackware 14.1 and newer):

Rsync access via rsync://slackware.nl/mirrors/people/alien/slackbuilds/

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 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.

Enjoy! Eric

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.

Security update for OpenJDK7

icedteaIcedTea release manager Andrew Hughes (aka GNU/Andrew) announced the announced a new release for IcedTea. The version 2.6.12 builds OpenJDK 7u161_b01. This release includes the October 2017 security fixes for Java 7. The announcement page contains a list of the security issues that have been fixed with this release. It is recommended that you upgrade your OpenJDK 7 to the latest version. If you have already moved to Java 8 then this article is obviously not relevant for you.

Here is where you can download the Slackware packages for openjdk7 and openjre7:

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 OpenJDK7 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.

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