Note: This is an archival copy of Security Sun Alert 269868 as previously published on http://sunsolve.sun.com.|
Latest version of this security advisory is available from http://support.oracle.com as Sun Alert 1021046.1.
Date of Resolved Release
The Java Update Mechanism on Non-English Versions Does Not Update the JRE When a New Version is Available
The Java Runtime Environment (JRE) Java Update mechanism running on non-English versions of the Windows operating system does not update the JRE when a new version is available.
Sun acknowledges with thanks, Tomasz "Tometzky" Ostrowski for bringing this issue to our attention.
2. Contributing Factors
This issue can occur in the following Java SE releases for Windows:
To determine the default version of the JRE that Internet Explorer uses, visit the URL:
To determine the default version of the JRE that Mozilla or Firefox browsers use, visit the URL "about:plugins".
The browser will display a page called "Installed plug-ins" which lists the version of the Java Plug-in such as the following:
Java(TM) Platform SE 6 U15
The above output indicates that the version of the JRE the browser uses is version 6 Update 15.
Users will see the following message, even without the latest release on the system:
You already have the latest Java(TM) Platform on this system.4. Workaround
There is no work around for this issue. Please see the Resolution section below.
This issue is addressed in the following Java SE releases for Windows:
JDK and JRE 6 Update 17:
JRE 6 Update 17:
through the Java Update tool for Microsoft Windows users.
JDK and JRE 5.0 Update 22:
For more information on Security Sun Alerts, see 1009886.1.
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