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8u112 Update Release Notes

JDK 8 Update Release Notes

Java™ SE Development Kit 8, Update 112 (JDK 8u112)

October 18, 2016

The full version string for this update release is 1.8.0_112-b15 (b16 for OS X) (where "b" means "build"). The version number is 8u112.

IANA Data 2016f

JDK 8u112 contains IANA time zone data version 2016f. For more information, refer to Timezone Data Versions in the JRE Software.
See JDK-8159684

Security Baselines

The security baselines for the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) at the time of the release of JDK 8u112 are specified in the following table:

JRE Family Version JRE Security Baseline (Full Version String)
8 1.8.0_111-b14
7 1.7.0_121-b15
6 1.6.0_131-b14

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 8u112) will expire with the release of the next critical patch update scheduled for January 17, 2017.

For systems unable to reach the Oracle Servers, a secondary mechanism expires this JRE (version 8u112) on February 17, 2017. 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.


SunPKCS11 Provider no longer offering SecureRandom by default
SecureRandom.PKCS11 from the SunPKCS11 Provider is disabled by default on Solaris because the native PKCS11 implementation has poor performance and is not recommended. If your application requires SecureRandom.PKCS11, you can re-enable it by removing "SecureRandom" from the disabledMechanisms list in conf/security/sunpkcs11-solaris.cfg

Performance improvements have also been made in the java.security.SecureRandom class. Improvements in the JDK implementation have allowed for synchronization to be removed from the java.security.SecureRandom.nextBytes(byte[] bytes) method.
See JDK-8098581

Known Issues

JVM throws NullPointerExceptions on macOS Sierra 10.12
On macOS Sierra 10.12, if a user presses modifier keys (such as Command, Shift, or Alt) while an applet is running in a browser, an error box named “Internal Error” might be displayed. It will also show the “exec” icon in the macOS dock. The user can dismiss the applet, or try to rerun the applet while not pressing a modifier key. To fix this problem, users can install JRE 8u112.
See JDK-8165867.

Bug Fixes

This release also contains fixes for security vulnerabilities described in the Oracle Java SE Critical Patch Update Advisory. For a more complete list of the bug fixes included in this release, see the JDK 8u112 Bug Fixes page.