Prevent java 6 from auto updating
In view of this, at the end of last year Oracle began automatically replacing instances of Java SE 6 with Java SE 7 via auto-update. will start auto-updating Windows 32-bit, Java Runtime Environment (JRE) users from JRE 6 to JRE 7 in December 2012.
The Java auto-update mechanism is designed to keep Java users up-to-date with the latest security fixes.
Given that, it is interesting to review Donald Smith's comments on auto-updates in this context The challenge is of course that you get - if that was a feature that came out, you have an ecosystem with a long history of it not working that way, and you would suddenly have a large segment of people saying, "How do I prevent this from happening?
" As Java is increasingly targeted by malware and virus writers, it is certainly a challenge for Oracle to encourage users to keep up-to-date.
For enterprise users the most important is that the Java auto-update process updates only the latest version of Java on a user's Windows machine - if you have multiple versions of Java installed, only the most recent one will be replaced.First, as I already said, these are not problems that "Java started having under Oracle's stewardship". Management of the JDK and JVM, for example, is under Georges Saab, who was the manager for the JRockit JVM before that.That is a dedicated team of managers and engineers that has come together from Sun and BEA into a single team at Oracle.In addition, where an enterprise manages the Java versions on behalf of users, auto-update is generally turned off and therefore they won't be affected.That said, Citrin tells us that whilst enterprise customers should not be affected by auto-updates, it has happened "according to the customer we spoke to.