[Micronet] Public Service Announcement: Oracle to end support for Java 6 next month

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[Micronet] Public Service Announcement: Oracle to end support for Java 6 next month

Ben Gross
Hi Everyone,

It is clear after a number of discussions across campus, that the information about the Java 6 End of Life is not as widely distributed as one would hope given that Oracle first announced the EOL in February 2011.

The short version is that Oracle is ending support for Java 6 at an unspecified date in February. At that point, Oracle will release Java 6 update 39, which will be the final Java 6 release. There will be no further Java 6 updates after update 39 and the next security exploit for Java 6 that comes after the release of update 39 will effectively render Java 6 unsupportable by campus.

The fact that no new security updates will be available means Java 6 will no longer meet MSSEI guidelines as support will have ended.

If you maintain a campus application that requires Java 6 and I have not already talked to your group, please contact me directly with more details about your application and any plans you have to migrate to Java 7.

Full announcement from Oracle below:

Java 7 Auto-Update and Java 6

"About the Java 6 Auto-Update to Java 7
Oracle will start auto-updating Windows 32-bit, Java Runtime Environment (JRE) users from JRE 6 to JRE 7 in December 2012.

The Java auto-update mechanism is designed to keep Java users up-to-date with the latest security fixes. To achieve this goal Windows users that rely on Java’s auto-update mechanism will have their JRE 6 replaced with JRE 7.

In December 2012 Oracle will start to auto-update a sample of users from JRE 6 to JRE 7 to evaluate the auto-update mechanism, user experience and seamless migration. Oracle will then start auto-updating all Windows 32-bit users from JRE 6 to JRE 7 with the update release of Java, Java SE 7 Update 11 (Java SE 7u11), due in February 2013.

        • JRE 7 has been the default version on Java.com since April 2012 and is now being used by millions of users.
        • As we did when JRE 5 was replaced by JRE 6, we will auto-update users of the older release to the newer version of Java.
        • As always, all users are encouraged to update to the most recent Java versions available for public download.
        • In February 2011 Oracle announced the End of Public Updates for their Java SE 6 products for July 2012. In February 2012 Oracle extended the End of Public Updates for 4 months, to November 2012. See:
                • Oracle Java SE Support Roadmap
                • Updated Java 6 End of Public Updates Date
        • Oracle is now extending the End of Public Updates again for 4 additional months to provide developers and users with additional time to migrate to Java 7. The last publicly available release of Java 6 will be in February of 2013 with the release of Java SE 6 Update 39 (Java SE 6u39).
                • Java 6 End of Public Updates extended to February 2013"

Thank you,
Ben Gross
Manager, Endpoint Engineering and Infrastructure
Information Services and Technology Division
University of California, Berkeley
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