000036939 - RSA Adaptive Authentication (OnPrem) 7.3.x: Oracle is ending public updates for Java SE 8 in January 2019

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Article Number000036939
Applies ToRSA Product Set: Adaptive Authentication (OnPrem)
RSA Product/Service Type: Adaptive Authentication (OnPrem)
RSA Version/Condition: 7.3.x
Issue

Customer found the following article in Oracle website about End of Life support for Java SE: https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/eol-135779.html



They are concerned because they noticed that Java 8 will stop receiving updates on January 2019, and also support will end starting on March 2022.



Currently, they don't have a Premium, Extended or Sustaining support contract with Oracle.

ResolutionThere are different End of Life Support for Oracle products.

1) Java SE Public Updates
 
Public updates are released with cumulative fixes or new features for existing versions. 
 
For Java 8 it says:
Release8
GA DateMarch 2014
End of Public Updates NotificationSeptember 2017
Commercial User End of Public UpdatesJanuary 2019 or later
Personal User End of Public UpdatesDecember 2020

 
It means, starting on January 2019 you will not receive any other update for the latest Java 8 release, but there will still be support for this product and does not indicate the End Of Life for this product.
 
 
2) Oracle Java SE Product Releases / Oracle Java SE Support Roadmap
 
It refers to the support of the current products.  More information can be found in this link:
https://www.oracle.com/support/lifetime-support/index.html
 
So, for Java 8 it says:
 
Release8
GA DateMarch 2014
Premier Support Until**March 2022
Extended Support Until**March 2025
Sustaining Support**Indefinite

  
There will be support for this Java version for different layers until 2025, and sustaining support is indefinite.
 
As a conclusion, it is safe to continue using the Java 8 JDK as it will still be supported for a long time.  Even for other environments and AAOP versions, Java 6 and Java 7 are still being used as they are still supported by Oracle. 
NotesAs of November 2018, JRE 9 and JRE 11 are not yet supported by any AAOP version 7.x.

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