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Which Oracle Database Patchsets Can Be Used With EBS?

Steven Chan - Tue, 2016-11-01 02:05

Oracle versions numbers can be very long.  Complicating matters further, different product families within Oracle use the version hierarchy differently.  This can make it confusing to determine whether a specific product update has been certified with Oracle E-Business Suite.

Oracle Database update numbers can be daunting.  However, it might be reassuring to learn that the fifth-level digit in Oracle Database version is not relevant to E-Business Suite certifications.  In other words, you can apply any database patchsets that have been certified at the fourth-level digit. 

For example, we have certified EBS 12.2 with Database 12.1.0.2. All of the following Oracle Database patchsets will work with EBS 12.2:

  • Oracle Database 12.1.0.2.0 (documented certification)
  • Oracle Database 12.1.0.2.160419 (April 2016 Database Proactive Bundle Patch)
  • Oracle Database 12.1.0.2.160719 (July 2016 Database Proactive Bundle Patch)

This is sometimes shown in our documentation in either of the following ways:

  • Oracle Database 12.1.0.2
  • Oracle Database 12.1.0.2.x

The absence of a fifth-digit or the presence of an 'X' in the fifth digit's place means any fifth-digit level updates may be applied to an Oracle Database for EBS 12.2 without requiring a new certification.  This applies to all environments, including test and production environments.

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Upgrading to EBS 12.2 With a Non-APPS Schema

Steven Chan - Mon, 2016-10-31 02:06

An Oracle database stores the objects associated with a single installation of Oracle E-Business Suite. Product code objects are stored in the APPS schema; product data objects are stored in the relevant base product schemas. Product code objects include packages, procedures, functions, triggers, views, materialized views, java classes, and queues.

EBS APPS schema

What does the APPS schema do?

The APPS schema has access to the complete Oracle E-Business Suite data model. Oracle E-Business Suite responsibilities connect to an APPS schema, and the environment variable FNDNAM is set to the name of the APPS schema. The APPS schema owns all the code objects for the Oracle E-Business Suite, and has access to all data objects. There is one APPS schema for every product installation group.

Utilizing a single schema that has access to all objects avoids cross-product dependencies, and creates a hub-and-spoke access model rather than the spider web model that would otherwise be needed. The APPS schema also improves the reliability of and reduces the time needed for installation, upgrading, and patching, by eliminating the need for cross-product grants and synonyms.

It wasn't always "APPS"

Older versions of EBS were delivered with a different default schema name: APPS_FND.  Some older versions even allowed you to override the default name of the schema prior to installation.

Recent versions of Oracle E-Business Suite use the APPS schema by default.  It is not possible to change the name of the APPS schema.

Hardcoded references to APPS are not permitted

We have many upgrade-related scripts, tools, and utilities.  All of these standard EBS tools are required to handle any EBS schema name, regardless of whether it is named APPS, APPS_FND, or something else.  There should be no hardcoded references to, say, the APPS schema. This development standard is enforced by regular automated scans of the entire EBS source code.

Earlier versions of some EBS upgrade scripts may have had hardcoded references to APPS.  Running an upgrade to, say, EBS 12.2 against an EBS environment with an EBS schema named APPS_FND would fail in certain circumstances.  This is not expected behavior.  We would regard that as a bug that needs to be fixed immediately.

All E-Business Suite scripts with hardcoded APPS schema references have since been superceded by later versions that can handle any EBS schema names.  To avoid issues with non-standard schema names, make sure that you're using the latest Rapid Install and AD/TXK utilities.  Click on the "Upgrade Recommendations" link in the sidebar of this site for pointers to the latest utilities.

Known issues

It is possible to integrate E-Business Suite environments with Oracle Identity Manager (OIM), which offers connectors that handle user provisioning.  Those OIM connection scripts still contain hardcoded references to the APPS schema (bug 24613821). 

Getting support

If you encounter any issues with non-standard EBS schema names, please log a formal Service Request with Oracle Support. You are welcome to drop me a line or post a comment here, too, if your schema-related SR gets stuck in the pipeline for some reason.

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Oracle Student Cloud’s aka Oracle CX for Higher Education

OracleApps Epicenter - Sat, 2016-10-29 06:53
Oracle Student Cloud’s new Oracle CX for Higher Education uses Oracle’s intuitive mobile technology to help recruiters boost their pipeline by targeting and qualifying best-fit prospects via social, email, and SMS CRM capabilities. Oracle Student Recruiting Cloud’s embedded analytics also help improve forecasting and monitor and optimize recruiters’ performance in their territories. Student Engagement broadly […]
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The Times They Are A Changing

David Haimes - Fri, 2016-10-28 05:58

I am focusing on some new things here at Oracle.  I’ll be dedicating a lot more of my time looking into emerging technology trends and how we should be applying them to the enterprise ERP or financial management space.

So how does this effect this blog?

I’ve been blogging for many years on Intercompany, Financial Management and ERP, mixing in some general technology posts.  Now I plan to start writing about new technology trends a lot more.  I have always been interested in this, but now I have more time to get deeper into it and I find blogging about things helps me understand them better and get feedback and insight from others, so it is a win-win.  I have enjoyed all the comments on the blog and words of encouragement that people have given me in person, that has been a huge motivation to continue writing (even tho I have been posting as frequently as I would like the last few years) and respond to comments.  I hope that feedback will continue.

So now I have got this announcement out of the way, I can get started… watch this space.


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Installing Developer 10g 32-bit on 64-bit Windows versions

Steven Chan - Fri, 2016-10-28 02:04

E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2 require Forms Developer 10g and Reports Designer 10g.  Forms Developer 10g and Reports Designer 10g are part of Oracle Developer Suite 10g.  Oracle Developer Suite 10g is a 32-bit program certified with Windows Vista, 7, 8.1, and 10.

Forcing 32-bit programs to run on 64-bit Windows

Although Windows 32-bit programs will not install by default on 64-bit versions of Windows, there are three possible workarounds:

Workaround 1: You can run the Developer 10g setup.exe installer in Windows compatibility mode > Windows XP (Service Pack 2) or Windows XP (Service Pack 3).  See Section 6 in Note 277535.1.

Workaround 2: You can let Windows determine how to install it automatically via the "Program Compatibility Assistant".  See Section 6 in Note 277535.1.

Windows Program Compatibility Assistant

Workaround 3: Install some additional patches and run the Developer 10g installer with the -ignoreSysPrereqs command line parameter.  See Note 1292919.1 for more details.

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Oracle Traffic Director (OTD) 12c : Basics & Overview

Online Apps DBA - Thu, 2016-10-27 03:23

  Oracle Traffic Director (OTD) is software load balancer from Oracle that receive requests from client and forward it to back-end application like WebLogic , WebCenter, Portal etc. In this first post on OTD, I’ll be covering basic concepts related to OTD (More on installation & configuration of OTD later in future posts) 1. Oracle […]

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New OA Framework 12.2.5 Update 7 Now Available

Steven Chan - Thu, 2016-10-27 02:04

Web-based content in Oracle E-Business Suite 12 runs on the Oracle Application Framework (OAF or "OA Framework") user interface libraries and infrastructure.  Since the release of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 in 2013, we have released several cumulative updates to Oracle Application Framework to fix performance, security, and stability issues. 

These updates are provided in cumulative Release Update Packs, and cumulative Bundle Patches that can be applied on top of the Release Update Pack. "Cumulative" means that the latest RUP or Bundle Patch contains everything released earlier.

The latest OAF update for EBS 12.2.5 is now available:

Screenshot EBS 12.2.5 OAF Bundle Patch 7

Where is the documentation for this update?

Instructions for installing this OAF Release Update Pack are here:

Who should apply this patch?

All EBS 12.2.5 users should apply this patch.  Future OAF patches for EBS 12.2.5 will require this patch as a prerequisite. 

What's new in this update?

This bundle patch is cumulative: it includes all fixes released in previous EBS 12.2.5 bundle patches.

This latest bundle patch includes new fixes for the following critical issues:

  • The number values in Total column in the Budget table are partially hidden after applying some set of ATG and Mobile Application patches.
  • Failed to return to the base page after submitting the popup due to client side validation.
  • The rawtext with style class set to OraInstrcutionText under HideShowHeader with style class OraHeaderSub does not word-wrap.
  • Tables are not get rendered properly when scrolling when there are more than 300 records in the table.
  • Page/form image icons are not aligned on home page with the function name links in Navigator and Favorites regions in Chrome and Firefox browsers.
  • The document catalog column was displayed on inline attachment popup windows even if document catalog option was disabled.
  • In HTTPS-enabled environments, navigating to 3-Frame JSP page shows a blank page since the request to load mixed active content has been blocked.
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Quarterly EBS Upgrade Recommendations: October 2016 Edition

Steven Chan - Tue, 2016-10-25 02:05

We've previously provided advice on the general priorities for applying EBS updates and creating a comprehensive maintenance strategy.   

Here are our latest upgrade recommendations for E-Business Suite updates and technology stack components.  These quarterly recommendations are based upon the latest updates to Oracle's product strategies, latest support timelines, and newly-certified releases

You can research these yourself using this Note:

Upgrade Recommendations for October 2016


EBS 12.2
 EBS 12.1
 EBS 12.0
 EBS 11.5.10
Check your EBS support status and patching baseline

Apply the minimum 12.2 patching baseline
(EBS 12.2.3 + latest technology stack updates listed below)

In Premier Support to September 30, 2023

Apply the minimum 12.1 patching baseline
(12.1.3 Family Packs for products in use + latest technology stack updates listed below)

In Premier Support to December 31, 2021

In Sustaining Support. No new patches available.

Upgrade to 12.1.3 or 12.2

Before upgrading, 12.0 users should be on the minimum 12.0 patching baseline

In Sustaining Support. No new patches available.

Upgrade to 12.1.3 or 12.2

Before upgrading, 11i users should be on the minimum 11i patching baseline

Apply the latest EBS suite-wide RPC or RUP

12.2.6
Sept. 2016

12.1.3 RPC5
Aug. 2016

12.0.6

11.5.10.2
Use the latest Rapid Install

StartCD 51
Feb. 2016

StartCD 13
Aug. 2011

12.0.6

11.5.10.2

Apply the latest EBS technology stack, tools, and libraries

AD/TXK Delta 8
Sept. 2016

FND
Aug. 2016

EBS 12.2.5 OAF Update 6
Sept. 2016

EBS 12.2.4 OAF Update 11
Jul. 2016

FMW 11.1.1.9

12.1.3 RPC5

OAF Bundle 5
Note 1931412.1
Jun. 2016

JTT Update 4
Oct. 2016



Apply the latest security updates

Oct. 2016 Critical Patch Update

SHA-2 PKI Certificates

SHA-2 Update for Web ADI & Report Manager

Switch from SSL to TLS

Sign JAR files

Oct. 2016 Critical Patch Update

SHA-2 PKI Certificates

SHA-2 Update for Web ADI & Report Manager

Switch from SSL to TLS

Sign JAR files

Oct. 2015 Critical Patch Update
April 2016 Critical Patch Update
Use the latest certified desktop components

Use the latest JRE 1.8, 1.7, or 1.6 release that meets your requirements

Upgrade to IE 11

Upgrade to Firefox ESR 45

Upgrade Office 2003 to later Office versions (e.g. Office 2016)

Upgrade Windows XP and Vista to later versions (e.g. Windows 10)

Use the latest JRE 1.8, 1.7, or 1.6 release that meets your requirements

Upgrade to IE 11

Upgrade to Firefox ESR 45

Upgrade Office 2003 to later Office versions (e.g. Office 2016)

Upgrade Windows XP and Vista to later versions (e.g. Windows 10)



Upgrade to the latest database Database 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2 Database 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2 Database 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2 Database 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2 If you're using Oracle Identity Management

Upgrade to Oracle Access Manager 11.1.2.3

Upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.9

Migrate from Oracle SSO to OAM 11.1.2.3.0

Upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.9



If you're using Oracle Discoverer
Migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA), or Discoverer 11.1.1.7. Migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA), or Discoverer 11.1.1.7.

If you're using Oracle Portal
Migrate to Oracle WebCenter  11.1.1.9
Migrate to Oracle WebCenter 11.1.1.9 or upgrade to Portal 11.1.1.6.



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New OA Framework 12.2.6 Update Now Available

Steven Chan - Mon, 2016-10-24 02:04

Web-based content in Oracle E-Business Suite 12 runs on the Oracle Application Framework (OAF or "OA Framework") user interface libraries and infrastructure.  Since the release of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 in 2013, we have released several cumulative updates to Oracle Application Framework to fix performance, security, and stability issues. 

These updates are provided in cumulative Release Update Packs, and cumulative Bundle Patches that can be applied on top of the Release Update Pack. "Cumulative" means that the latest RUP or Bundle Patch contains everything released earlier.

The latest OAF update for EBS 12.2.x is now available:

Where is the documentation for this update?

Instructions for installing this OAF Release Update Pack are here:

Who should apply this patch?

All EBS 12.2.6 users should apply this patch.  Future OAF patches for EBS 12.2.6 will require this patch as a prerequisite. 

I'm on an earlier EBS release.  Can I apply this patch?

Yes. This patch can be applied to all EBS 12.2.3 to 12.2.5 environments that have AD/TXK Delta 8 and ATG Delta 6 installed.

What's new in this update?

This bundle patch is cumulative: it includes all fixes released in previous EBS 12.2.x OAF bundle patches.

This latest bundle patch includes fixes for the following critical issues along with security :

  • Table scroll navigation issue when navigating to previous records
  • Javadoc for Layered Layout component
  • Reset icon in Personalization workbench not loading few times
  • UI distortion on the page after adding records in table in the last range
  • Worklist Font issue in Tree mode on Homepage
  • KFF combinations update event  was not getting processed for KFF inside table
  • Profile option name for profile FND_SHOW_INSTANCE_NAME changed to FND: Show Instance Name

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Reminder: EBS 12.2 Minimum Patching Baselines and Dates

Steven Chan - Fri, 2016-10-21 02:05

Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 is now covered by Premier Support to September 30, 2023. This is documented here:

Oracle Lifetime Support table for EBS

Premier Support includes new EBS 12.2 patches for:

  • Individual product families (e.g. Oracle Financials)
  • Quarterly security updates released via the Critical Patch Update process
  • New technology stack certifications with server-based components
  • New certifications for end-user desktops and mobile devices

What are the minimum patching baselines for EBS 12.2?

The minimum patching baselines for EBS 12.2 have not changed.  New EBS 12.2 patches are created and tested against the minimum patching baseline documented in Section 4.1, "E-Business Suite 12.2 Minimum Prerequisites" in this document:

All EBS 12.2 customers must apply the minimum patch prerequisites to be eligible for Premier Support. Those patches include the suite-wide EBS 12.2.3 Release Update Pack and a small number of technology stack infrastructure updates.

Instead of applying the minimum baseline

Many new updates have been released since that patching baseline was originally published.  These new patches contain stability, performance, and security-related updates and are strongly recommended for all customers. 

If you haven't applied any of those updates yet, the simplest solution would be to apply the latest suite-wide EBS 12.2.6 Release Update Pack (RUP).  That way, you get all of the 12.2 minimum patching requirements and the latest updates simultaneously.

If you've reached this blog article via a search engine, it is possible that a new Release Update Pack has been released since this article was first published.  Click on the "Certifications" link in the sidebar for a pointer to the latest EBS 12.2 RUP.

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EBS 12.2.6 OA Extensions for Jdeveloper 10g Now Available

Steven Chan - Thu, 2016-10-20 02:06
Jdeveloper logoWhen you create extensions to Oracle E-Business Suite OA Framework pages, you must use the version of Oracle JDeveloper shipped by the Oracle E-Business Suite product team. 

The version of Oracle JDeveloper is specific to the Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology patch level, so there is a new version of Oracle JDeveloper with each new release of the Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology patchset.

The Oracle Applications (OA) Extensions for JDeveloper 10g are now available for E-Business Suite Release 12.2.6.  For details, see:

The same Note also lists the latest OA Extension updates for EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2.

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Critical Patch Updates (CPU) for Oct 2016 are now available : E-Business Suite, FMW, SOA, Identity Management etc

Online Apps DBA - Thu, 2016-10-20 01:37

Critical Patch Updates (CPU) are security fixes that Oracle releases quarterly basis (Jan, April, July, and Oct). 1. Oracle released Oct 2016 patches on 18th Oct 2016 2. These CPUs cover Oracle Databases, Fusion Middleware, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle Siebel CRM., Oracle Peoplesoft, Oracle JD-Edwards, Linux etc . 3. For list of […]

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Oracle Discoverer Security Alert - High impact to SOX Compliance and Financial Reporting

For those clients using Oracle Discoverer, especially those using Discoverer with the Oracle E-Business Suite for financial reporting, the October 2016 Oracle Critical Patch Update (CPU) include a high-risk vulnerability reported by Integrigy Corporation. CVE-2016-5495 is a vulnerability with the Discoverer EUL Code and Schema and has a base score 7.5. Integrigy believes this vulnerability affects all versions of Discoverer used with the Oracle E-Business Suite and that the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of reports are at risk.

Oracle's recommendation is that clients migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service, or Oracle Business Intelligence Applications. If you are still using Discoverer, Oracle recommends upgrading to Fusion Middleware 11g patch set 6 (11.1.1.7.0) and to apply the October 2016 Critical Patch Update Discoverer patch (24716502). Be sure to also apply the CPU patches to WebLogic (10.3.6 and higher) and the database supporting the WebLogic repository.

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@integrigy.com

For more information

October 2016 CPU Announcement: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/security-advisory/cpuoct2016-2881722.html

Patch Set Update and Critical Patch Update October 2016 Availability Document (Doc ID 2171485.1)

ALERT: Premier Support Ends Dec 31 2011 for Oracle Fusion Middleware 10g 10.1.2 & 10.1.4 (Doc Id: 1290974.1)

Using Discoverer 11.1.1 with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (Doc Id: 1074326.1)

Using Discoverer 11.1.1 with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (Doc Id: 1073963.1)

Vulnerability, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Critical Patch Updates
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JRE 1.8.0_111/112 Certified with Oracle EBS 12.1 and 12.2

Steven Chan - Wed, 2016-10-19 11:01

Java logo

Java Runtime Environment 1.8.0_111 (a.k.a. JRE 8u111-b14) and its corresponding Patch Set Update (PSU) JRE 1.8.0_112 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2 for Windows desktop clients.

All JRE 6, 7, and 8 releases are certified with EBS upon release

Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops:

  • From JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline
  • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
  • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

What's new in this release?

Oracle now releases a Critical Patch update (CPU) at the same time as the corresponding Patch Set Update (PSU) release for Java SE 8.

  • CPU Release:  JRE 1.8.0_111
  • PSU Release:  JRE 1.8.0_112
Oracle recommends that Oracle E-Business Suite customers use the CPU release (JRE 1.8.0_111) and only upgrade to the PSU release (1.8.0_112) if they require a specific bug fix.  For further information and bug fix details see Java CPU and PSU Releases Explained.

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions for various Windows operating systems. See the respective Recommended Browser documentation for your EBS release for details.

Where are the official patch requirements documented?

All patches required for ensuring full compatibility of the E-Business Suite with JRE 8 are documented in these Notes:

For EBS 12.1 & 12.2

EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

This JRE release is certified for Discoverer 11g in E-Business Suite environments with the following minimum requirements:

Implications of Java 6 and 7 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

The Oracle Java SE Support Roadmap and Oracle Lifetime Support Policy for Oracle Fusion Middleware documents explain the dates and policies governing Oracle's Java Support.  The client-side Java technology (Java Runtime Environment / JRE) is now referred to as Java SE Deployment Technology in these documents.

Starting with Java 7, Extended Support is not available for Java SE Deployment Technology.  It is more important than ever for you to stay current with new JRE versions.

If you are currently running JRE 6 on your EBS desktops:

  • You can continue to do so until the end of Java SE 6 Deployment Technology Extended Support in June 2017
  • You can obtain JRE 6 updates from My Oracle Support.  See:

If you are currently running JRE 7 on your EBS desktops:

  • You can continue to do so until the end of Java SE 7 Deployment Technology Premier Support in July 2016
  • You can obtain JRE 7 updates from My Oracle Support.  See:

If you are currently running JRE 8 on your EBS desktops:

Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 8 for Windows desktop clients?

No.

This upgrade is highly recommended but remains optional while Java 6 and 7 are covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 and 7 desktop clients. Note that there are different impacts of enabling JRE Auto-Update depending on your current JRE release installed, despite the availability of ongoing support for JRE 6 and 7 for EBS customers; see the next section below.

Impact of enabling JRE Auto-Update

Java Auto-Update is a feature that keeps desktops up-to-date with the latest Java release.  The Java Auto-Update feature connects to java.com at a scheduled time and checks to see if there is an update available.

Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 6 installed will have no effect.

With the release of the January Critical patch Updates, the Java Auto-Update Mechanism will automatically update JRE 7 plug-ins to JRE 8.

Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 8 installed will apply JRE 8 updates.

Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

What do Mac users need?

JRE 8 is certified for Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite), and 10.11 (El Capitan) desktops.  For details, see:

Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 8 for EBS application tier servers?

No.

JRE is used for desktop clients.  JDK is used for application tier servers.

JRE 8 desktop clients can connect to EBS environments running JDK 6 or 7.

JDK 8 is not certified with the E-Business Suite.  EBS customers should continue to run EBS servers on JDK 6 or 7.

Known Iusses

Internet Explorer Performance Issue

Launching JRE 1.8.0_73 through Internet Explorer will have a delay of around 20 seconds before the applet starts to load (Java Console will come up if enabled).

This issue fixed in JRE 1.8.0_74.  Internet Explorer users are recommended to uptake this version of JRE 8.

Form Focus Issue

Clicking outside the frame during forms launch may cause a loss of focus when running with JRE 8 and can occur in all Oracle E-Business Suite releases. To fix this issue, apply the following patch:

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JRE 1.7.0_111 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2

Steven Chan - Wed, 2016-10-19 10:54

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Java Runtime Environment 1.7.0_121 (a.k.a. JRE 7u121-b15) and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 and 12.2 for Windows-based desktop clients.

All JRE 6, 7, and 8 releases are certified with EBS upon release

Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops:

  • From JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline
  • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
  • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

Support dates for the E-Business Suite and Java have changed.  Please review the sections below for more details:

  • What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?
  • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?
  • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions for various Windows operating systems. See the respective Recommended Browser documentation for your EBS release for details.

Where are the official patch requirements documented?

EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

This JRE release is certified for Discoverer 11g in E-Business Suite environments with the following minimum requirements:

JRE 7 End of Public Updates

The JRE 7u79 release was the last JRE 7 update available to the general public.  Java is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, so EBS users will continue to receive Java SE 7 updates to the end of Java SE 7 Premier Support to the end of July 2016.

How can EBS customers obtain Java 7 updates after the public end-of-life?

EBS customers can download Java 7 patches from My Oracle Support.  For a complete list of all Java SE patch numbers, see:

Both JDK and JRE packages are now contained in a single combined download.  Download the "JDK" package for both the desktop client JRE and the server-side JDK package. 

Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

Java Auto-Update Mechanism

With the release of the January 2015 Critical patch Updates, the Java Auto-Update Mechanism will automatically update JRE 7 plug-ins to JRE 8.

Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

What do Mac users need?

Mac users running Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), and 10.10 (Yosemite) can run JRE 7 or 8 plug-ins.  See:

Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

JRE is used for desktop clients.  JDK is used for application tier servers

JDK upgrades for E-Business Suite application tier servers are highly recommended but currently remain optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6 for application tier servers. 

Java SE 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All EBS customers with application tier servers on Windows, Solaris, and Linux must upgrade to JDK 7 by June 2017. EBS customers running their application tier servers on other operating systems should check with their respective vendors for the support dates for those platforms.

JDK 7 is certified with E-Business Suite 12.  See:

Known Issues

When using Internet Explorer, JRE 1.7.0_01 had a delay of around 20 seconds before the applet started to load. This issue is fixed in JRE 1.7.0_95.

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JRE 1.6.0_131 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2

Steven Chan - Wed, 2016-10-19 10:50
Java logThe latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_131 (a.k.a. JRE 6u131-b14) and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 and 12.2 for Windows-based desktop clients.

All JRE 6, 7, and 8 releases are certified with EBS upon release

Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops:

  • From JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline
  • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
  • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

Support dates for the E-Business Suite and Java have changed.  Please review the sections below for more details:

  • What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?
  • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?
  • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

New EBS installation scripts

This JRE release is the first with a 3-digit Java version. Installing this in your EBS 11i and 12.x environments will require new installation scripts.  See the documentation listed in the 'References' section for more detail.

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions for various Windows operating systems. See the respective Deploying JRE documentation for your EBS release for details.

Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

The latest updates to that page (as of Sept. 19, 2012) state:

Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

After February 2013, Oracle will no longer post updates of Java SE 6 to its public download sites. Existing Java SE 6 downloads already posted as of February 2013 will remain accessible in the Java Archive on Oracle Technology Network. Developers and end-users are encouraged to update to more recent Java SE versions that remain available for public download. For enterprise customers, who need continued access to critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 or older versions, long term support is available through Oracle Java SE Support .

What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?

EBS users fall under the category of "enterprise users" above.  Java is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, so EBS users will continue to receive Java SE 6 updates from February 2013 to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

In other words, nothing changes for EBS users after February 2013. 

EBS users will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 until the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017. 

How can EBS customers obtain Java 6 updates after the public end-of-life?

Java 6 is now available only via My Oracle Support for E-Business Suite users.  You can find links to this release, including Release Notes, documentation, and the actual Java downloads here: Both JDK and JRE packages are contained in a single combined download after 6u45.  Download the "JDK" package for both the desktop client JRE and the server-side JDK package.

Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

What do Mac users need?

Mac users running Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) can run JRE 7 or 8 plug-ins.  See:

Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

JRE is used for desktop clients.  JDK is used for application tier servers

JDK upgrades for E-Business Suite application tier servers are highly recommended but currently remain optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6 for application tier servers. 

Java SE 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All EBS customers with application tier servers on Windows, Solaris, and Linux must upgrade to JDK 7 by June 2017. EBS customers running their application tier servers on other operating systems should check with their respective vendors for the support dates for those platforms.

JDK 7 is certified with E-Business Suite 12.  See:

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Oracle E-Business Suite 11i - October 2016 is Last Critical Patch Update

Starting with the April 2016 Critical Patch Update (CPU), Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10 CPU patches are only available for customers with additional fee Tier 1 support contracts.  As of December 2016, no more CPU patches are available for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i.  October 2016 is the last CPU patch for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i.  For 12.0, the last CPU patch was October 2015.

Even though there are no more security patches, many, if not most, vulnerabilities discovered and patched in Oracle E-Business Suite 12.x are also present and exploitable in 11i.  A significant number of these security bugs are SQL injection bugs which allow an attacker to execute SQL as the Oracle E-Business Suite APPS database account.  These attacks can easily compromise the entire application and database.

As there are no more security patches for 11i and 12.0, we strongly recommend all 11i and 12.0 customers who have not yet upgraded to 12.x take immediate defensive steps to protect the Oracle E-Business Suite 11i, especially those with Internet facing modules such as iSupplier, iStore, iRecruitment, and iSupport.  A key layer of defense is Integrigy’s web application firewall for Oracle E-Business Suite, AppDefend, which provides virtual patching for these security bugs and additional protection from generic web application attack like SQL injection and cross-site scripting (XSS) and common Oracle E-Business Suite security misconfigurations.

Reference: AppDefend for the Oracle E-Business Suite

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Oracle Database Critical Patch Update October 2016: 12.1.0.2 and 11.2.0.4 Only

The list of Oracle Database versions supported for Critical Patch Updates (CPU) is getting shorter and shorter.  Starting with the October 2016 CPU, only 12.1.0.2 and 11.2.0.4 are supported.  In order to apply CPU security patches for all other Oracle versions, the database must be upgraded to 12.1.0.2 or 11.2.0.4.  As these are terminal database releases, the final CPU patch for 12.1.0.2 is July 2021 and for 11.2.0.4 is October 2020.  For those who have not yet applied 12c CPU patches, only Patch Set Updates (PSU) are available which include both security fixes and a large number of high priority fixes - Security Patch Updates (SPU) which include only security fixes are not available for 12c.

The October 2016 CPU fixes 12 security bugs in 7 database components.  Only the APEX (Application Express) security bug is remotely exploited without authentication – as with all APEX patches, this is a separate patch and upgrades APEX to 5.0.4.00.12.

This CPU should be considered HIGH risk due to the 5 security bugs that require only CREATE SESSION privilege in order to exploit.  These bugs can be exploited by any database user and can be used to compromise the entire database.

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Critical Patch Update for October 2016 Now Available

Steven Chan - Tue, 2016-10-18 14:49

The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for October 2016 was released on October 18, 2016. Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible.

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information. It includes a list of products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, a summary of the security vulnerabilities, and links to other important documents. 

Supported products that are not listed in the "Supported Products and Components Affected" Section of the advisory do not require new patches to be applied.

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is available at the following location:

It is essential to review the Critical Patch Update supporting documentation referenced in the Advisory before applying patches.

The next four Critical Patch Update release dates are:

  • January 17, 2017
  • April 18, 2017
  • July 18, 2017
  • October 17, 2017
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Configuring Reverse Proxies and DMZs for EBS 12.2

Steven Chan - Mon, 2016-10-17 02:06

You may have end-users outside of your organization's firewall who need access to E-Business Suite.  One way of doing that is to set up a reverse proxy server and a series of network segments separated by firewalls. 

EBS DMZ architecture

The outermost network segment that lies between the internet and an organization's intranet is often called a Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).  DMZs are enforced by firewalls and other networking security devices.

Setting up a DMZ

Instructions for deploying EBS 12.2 in a DMZ-based architecture are published here:

Externally-facing EBS products

A subset of EBS products can be deployed for external use, including iSupplier, iRecruitment, iSupport, and others.  Many of these products have special rules that must be enabled in the URL Firewall to work properly in external deployments.  For a complete list of E-Business Suite products certified for external use, see Section 6 in Note 1375670.1.

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