Oracle released the scheduled critical security updates for its Java SE Runtime Environment software.
It is important to also note that this release will be the last Oracle JDK 7 publicly available update. For more information, and details on how to receive longer term support for Oracle JDK 7, please see the Oracle Java SE Support Roadmap.
Unwanted "Extras"Oracle has long included pre-checked options with the updates. Although most people do not need Java on their computer, there are some programs and games that require Java. In the event you need to continue using Java, How-to Geek discovered a little-known and unpublicized option in the Java Control Panel to suppress the offers for the pre-checked unwanted extras.
- Launch the Windows Start menu
- Click on Programs
- Find the Java program listing
- Click Configure Java to launch the Java Control Panel
- Click the Advanced tab and go to the "Miscellaneous" section at the bottom.
- Check the box by the “Suppress sponsor offers when installing or updating Java” option and click OK.
Windows XPFor information on Java support for Windows XP, organizations and individuals who must continue using Windows XP and have Java installed are referred to the Oracle blog post, The future of Java on Windows XP (Henrik on Java).
UpdateIf Java is still installed on your computer, it is recommended that this update be applied as soon as possible due to the threat posed by a successful attack.
Download InformationDownload link: Java SE 8u45
Verify your version: http://www.java.com/en/download/testjava.jsp
- UNcheck any pre-checked toolbar and/or software options presented with the update. They are not part of the software update and are completely optional.
- Starting with Java SE 7 Update 21 in April 2013, all Java Applets and Web Start Applications should be signed with a trusted certificate. It is not recommended to run untrusted/unsigned Certificates. See How to protect your computer against dangerous Java Applets
Critical Patch UpdatesFor Oracle Java SE Critical Patch Updates, the next scheduled dates are as follows:
- 14 April 2015
- 14 July 2015
- 20 October 2015
- 19 January 2016
Java Security RecommendationsFor those people who have desktop applications that require Java and cannot uninstall it, Java can now be disabled in Internet Explorer. See Microsoft Fix it to Disable Java in Internet Explorer.
1) In the Java Control Panel, at minimum, set the security to high.
2) Keep Java disabled until needed. Uncheck the box "Enable Java content in the browser" in the Java Control Panel.
|(Image via Sophos Naked Security Blog)|
3) If you use Firefox or Pale Moon, install NoScript and only allow Java on those sites where it is required.
Instructions on removing older (and less secure) versions of Java can be found at http://java.com/en/download/faq/remove_olderversions.xml
- Java SE 8 Update Release Notes
- Oracle Critical Patch Update - January 2015
- Java, The Never-Ending Saga
- Oracle Quality Assurance Blog
- Critical Patch Updates and Security Alerts
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