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Oracle to release still more java patches

Oracle to release still more java patches

Decision to speed up release of February's patch batch left a few fixes behind

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Oracle will release still more patches for Java SE this month, on 19 February.

On 1 February, Oracle pulled the trigger early on the February release, which had originally been scheduled for 19 February , due to a serious vulnerability that affected Java at the browser level.

As a result of the sped-up release, Oracle didn't manage to include a "small number" of fixes that had been planned for inclusion, the company said.

Critical patch releases for Java SE are cumulative in nature, meaning that any user who didn't apply the group released on February 1 will get everything at once in the February 19 batch.

The patch set released February 1 contained 50 fixes, including 44 for vulnerabilities at the browser level. It wasn't clear how many more will be added to the set later this month.

Oracle has come under fire lately over Java, not only regarding vulnerabilities but also the fact that Java updates include third-party software, or as some critics call it, 'crapware', such as the Ask.com toolbar.

An online petition asking Oracle to stop the practice had garnered more than 10,000 signatures at the end of last week.

Users can opt out of installing the software, however.

Oracle's head of Java security also recently made a public pledge that Oracle will "fix" Java as well as be more open and regular with its communications around the language.

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