Oracle SE Java 8 Support Shift and How It Impacts Automox Users

Effective immediately, Automox is no longer able to support patching for Oracle SE Java 8.

Many third-party software providers have EULAs (End User License Agreements) that prevent patching solutions from directly redistributing patches or software updates. Recently, Oracle’s Java SE 8 went through the “End of Public Updates” process for legacy releases. Patches can vary by system architecture and platform, but the fundamentals remain the same.

What this means for Automox users is that Automox will no longer be able to enable third-party application patching for Oracle SE Java 8 without violating the EULA from Oracle. Customers currently reliant on Automox to help automate this process will need to adopt a new approach to patch Java 8 moving forward. This process is detailed here as well as in a community post on the Automox Alive Community.

Automox can still help to automate patching of third-party applications like Java 8 on your terms through Automox Worklets. 

How to Update Oracle SE Java 8 Software

Oracle SE Java 8 requires a login to the Oracle support portal and the acceptance of the Oracle EULA. The patch is then available for download and can be uploaded to the Automox console for distribution.

The key actions for adding third-party patches into the Automox console are as follows:

Obtain the patch through manual download of the “offline” install file or through a Worklet

Review all required third-party EULA terms and conditions ensuring alignment with your company policies and legal charter. Manually download the patch or leverage Automox Worklets to automate the process altogether.

Upload the patch to the Automox console

You must create a Required Software Policy to be able to upload the patch. 

By uploading the file to the Automox console, the patch is added to the ecosystem for your organizational use. This step ensures that devices are able to obtain the required patch from the Automox console. Make adjustments to policies (if necessary)

Make any necessary adjustments to policies in applying the patch to devices in scope. This might mean altering the installation syntax if command line parameters have changed. If no existing required software policy exists for the patch, create a new one and add the name, version, and installation script syntax. 

For further questions, contact Automox Support.