Oracle has also updated the frequency of updates to Java. Until now, Oracle was releasing security patches every three months. For example, the last update, Java 8 Update 201 was released in January 2019 while Java 8 Update 191 was released in October 2018. From now on, the security updates frequency may remain quarterly but the feature updates will be released after every six months and it will be supported until the release of next feature release. This means that when a new feature update is available, the previous update will stop getting security updates.
That means Java 8 Update 211 will expire on 16th of July 2019 when the new patch is released, most probably Java 8 Update 221. If you remain offline during this period, this update is programmed to be expired on 16th August 2019 even if you are offline. So there is no escape but to keep your version of Java updated.
The next critical patch schedules are as follows:
- 16th July 2019
- 15th October 2019
- 14th January 2020
- 14th April 2020
What’s new in Java 8 Update 211?
The complete version of the latest Java patch is:
java version “1.8.0_211”
And the runtime environment version is:
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_211-b12)
The new patch fixes 6 critical bugs of which one can be exploited remotely without authentication. But the good news is that if you are using Java as a client (not connecting to any Java or Oracle server) then you will remain safe from this remote exploit bug.
- Some of the new features included in this update are:
- Support for the square character in new Japanese Era
- Support for REIWA era in java.time.chrono.JapaneseEra
- Support for Unicode 6.2
If you want to go through the features in detail, you should go through the complete changelog/release notes here.
There are some known issues in this update as well. Some applications (with specific code type) may see a performance regression like CPU throttling or lower throughput.
Here are some changes made in this critical patch release:
- GlobalSign R6 Root Certificate has been added
- Norton Root CAs have been distrusted
Installing Java 8 Update 211
When you start installing this security patch, it will give you the following dialog with the updated terms:
If you have Java 8 installed on your computer, it will give you two options:
The remove option will remove Java from your computer while Install will install the update 211 patches. After installing, you can check the version of Java currently installed using the steps below:
- Open command prompt (Run –> cmd)
- Run the following command:
It will show the version number and the build.
Download for 32-bit systems [66.37 MB]
Download for 64-bit systems [76.03 MB]
Download for Mac OS (DMG) (10.7.3 or above) [79.36 MB]
Download for Linux RPM 32-bit [71.22 MB]
Download for Linux RPM 64-bit [67.99 MB]
Download for Linux TAR 32-bit [86.97 MB]
Download for Linux TAR 64-bit [83.79 MB]
Download for Solaris SPARC 64-bit [52.14 MB]
Download for Solaris 64-bit [49.93 MB]
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