7u79 Update Release Notes

Java™ SE Development Kit 7, Update 79 (JDK 7u79)

The full version string for this update release is 1.7.0_79-b15 (where "b" means "build"). The version number is 7u79.

IANA Data 2015a

JDK 7u79 contains IANA time zone data version 2015a. For more information, refer to Timezone Data Versions in the JRE Software.

Security Baselines

The security baselines for the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) at the time of the release of JDK 7u79 are specified in the following table:

JRE Family Version JRE Security Baseline (Full Version String)
7 1.7.0_79
6 1.6.0_95
5.0 1.5.0_85

For more information about security baselines, see Deploying Java Applets With Family JRE Versions in Java Plug-in for Internet Explorer.

JRE Expiration Date

The JRE expires whenever a new release with security vulnerability fixes becomes available. Critical patch updates, which contain security vulnerability fixes, are announced one year in advance on Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin. This JRE (version 7u79) will expire with the release of the next critical patch update scheduled for July 14, 2015.

For systems unable to reach the Oracle Servers, a secondary mechanism expires this JRE (version 7u79) on August 14, 2015. After either condition is met (new release becoming available or expiration date reached), the JRE will provide additional warnings and reminders to users to update to the newer version. For more information, see JRE Expiration Date.

JavaFX Release Notes

This JDK release includes JavaFX version 2.2.79.

Blacklist Entries

A new blacklist entry is included in this release.

For more details on the entry, see the related Cisco Security Advisory.

Bug Fixes

This release contains fixes for security vulnerabilities. For more information, see Oracle Java SE Critical Patch Update Advisory.

For a list of bug fixes included in this release, see JDK 7u79 Bug Fixes page.

The following are some of the notable bug fixes included in this release:

Area: tools/jar
Synopsis: Improve jar file handling

Starting with JDK 7u79 release, the jar tool no longer allows the leading slash "/" and ".." (dot-dot) path component in zip entry file name when creating new and/or extracting from zip and jar file. If needed, the new command line option "-P" should be used explicitly to preserve the dot-dot and/or absolute path component.

See 8064601 (not public).