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URGENT NOTICE: Disable Java JRE Auto-Update for All E-Business Suite End-Users Immediately

14 June 2012

All desktop administrators must IMMEDIATELY disable the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) Auto-Update option for all Windows end-user desktops connecting to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0, and 12.1.

For more information click here for more details.

As previously announced, Oracle will shortly stop providing public updates for JRE 6.

To ensure that Java Users remain on a secure version, Windows systems that rely on auto-update will be auto-updated from JRE 6 to JRE 7.

Until EBS is certified with JRE 7, EBS users should not rely on the windows auto-update mechanism for their client machines and should manually keep the JRE up to date with the latest versions of 6 on an ongoing basis.

How to get the latest version of JRE 6

Until November of this year, the latest version of JRE 6 can be found on the Download tab of the Java SE sectionin OTN.  After November of this year further CPU (critical patch updates) to JRE 6 will be available through My Oracle Support.  Having a current EBS support contract grants you the right to download and use these JRE 6 versions on clients accessing EBS.

Within your organization, you may distribute the latest version of JRE 6 to your users and ask them to run the installer on their systems (or use equivalent enterprise desktop distribution mechanisms).

To maintain the security of your users’ desktops it is strongly recommended that you repeat the steps above after each CPU release.

For Oracle Java SE Critical Patch Updates, the next three dates are listed on the Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin.  You can subscribe to the RSS feed on the Bulletin above to receive updates to the CPU schedules.

Reverting back to Java 6 from Java 7

If an E-Business Suite end-user's desktop has been inadvertently upgraded to JRE 1.7, you must:

  1. Uninstall JRE 1.7
  2. Reinstall the latest JRE 1.6 release.

Stay on Java 6 for now

EBS customers should continue to run JRE 1.6 (a.k.a. JRE 6) on their Windows end-user desktops, and JDK 6 on their EBS servers.

If a search engine has brought you to this article, please check the Certifications summary for our latest certified Java release.

Our plans for certifying Java 7 for the E-Business Suite 

We plan on releasing the Java 7 certification for E-Business Suite customers in two phases:

  • Phase 1: Certify JRE 7 for Windows end-user desktops
  • Phase 2: Certify JDK 7 for server-based components

When will Java 7 be certified with EBS? 

We're working on the first phase now. At this time, we cannot provide delivery dates, but you can monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates.

Current known issues with JRE 1.7 in EBS environments

Our current testing shows that there are known incompatibilities between JRE 1.7 and the Forms-invocation process in EBS environments.  In the meantime, EBS customers should not deploy JRE 1.7 to their end-user Windows desktop clients. EBS customers should remain on JRE 6 at this time.  

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