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Oracle’s Java 8 Update 40 has been updated again to …. Java 8 Update 40

Oracle has released a new update for Java 8, but has continued their recent trend of not bumping the version number. Oracle has put out a new build of Java 8 but didn’t bump the version number from Java 8 Update 40, which makes this the third release of Java 8 Update 40.

At this point, it appears that Oracle is now providing the install application across the board. When you update an existing Java installation on OS X via Oracle’s Java update mechanism, you will receive Oracle’s install application for Java along with the selected option to install the Ask.com browser add-ons. If you download an installer from Java.com, you will also receive this install application.

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While the Oracle install application is not a standard installer package, it appears that Oracle had stored an installer package for Java 8 within the install application at the following location:

/path/to/install.app/Contents/Resources/JavaAppletPlugin.pkg


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The JavaAppletPlugin installer package is digitally-signed and does not include the Ask.com browser add-ons.

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The difference between the three Java 8 Update 40 releases

Early March’s Java 8 Update 40 (released on March 4, 2015): Java 8 Update 40 build 25 (1.8.40.25)

Mid-March’s Java 8 Update 40 (released on March 13, 2015): Java 8 Update 40 build 26 (1.8.40.26)

Just-Past-Mid-March’s Java 8 Update 40 (released on March 16, 2015): Java 8 Update 40 build 27 (1.8.40.27)

If you have Java 8 Update 40 installed, you can find out which build you have by running the following command in Terminal:

defaults read /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin/Contents/Info.plist CFBundleVersion

If you have Java 8 Update 40 build 25, the following string will be returned:

1.8.40.25

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If you have Java 8 Update 40 build 26, the following string will be returned:

1.8.40.26

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If you have Java 8 Update 40 build 27, the following string will be returned:

1.8.40.27

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For more details, see below the jump.

Following installation of Java 8 Update 40 build 27, I tested on a 10.10.2 Mac against the following sites:

Oracle’s Java Test page: https://www.java.com/en/download/help/testvm.xml

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Java Tester’s Java Version page: http://javatester.org/version.html

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In both cases, the Java applets on those sites launched and worked without issue using Java 8 Update 40 build 27 (though the javatester.org applet needed to be whitelisted.)

At this point, it appears that Oracle is now providing the install application across the board. When you update an existing Java installation on OS X via Oracle’s Java update mechanism, you will receive Oracle’s install application for Java along with the selected option to install the Ask.com browser add-ons. If you download an installer from Java.com, you will also receive this install application.

Unfortunately, Oracle has not provided any information about why they’ve cycled so rapidly through both builds and installation methods.

  1. March 16, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    I Imagine the official explanation would be along the lines of “Ask.com wants to give us money for this, and we like money. Wait, what was the question? The answer is money.”

  2. March 16, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Rich, in “The difference between the three Java 8 Update 40 releases” the year is listed as 2016…

  3. cashxx
    March 16, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Hmmm……Money vs Being legit to our customers……..Yea money is better, screw our customers!

  4. Peter-Erik
    March 17, 2015 at 9:48 am

    After update to version 1.8.40.27 still get the message “Your Java version is out of date”
    any idea?

  5. March 17, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    I wonder if they pulled 1.8.40.27… I’m running .26 and when I download a new installer it is dated the 13th and installs 1.8.40.26. Interesting.

  6. March 28, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    When my wife needed to install Java I was digging into the installer to run the .pkg and I noticed: It’s SIGNED now! Also the installer doesn’t allow arbitrary packages to be inserted in it. I wonder if .26 fixed that but they forgot to sign it, or the other way around!

  7. April 3, 2015 at 3:24 am

    Getting sick to death with spammy popups to update Java. So many in a couple months alone. I’m only grudgingly downloading each one for security reasons and to make the popups go away. Also I think the popups are a dick move. I’m competent enough to get the updates myself without being nudged into doing so. Having to cautiously avoid installing the “craplet”, ask.com toolbar is even more enraging. Larry should come back and straighten his company out.

  8. Manny
    April 15, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    For anyone who hasn’t yet updated, be aware that Java 8 Update 45 was released yesterday (2014-04-14) by Oracle.
    It seems Oracle has resumed their former practice of distributing a pkg file inside a dmg wrapper, so that makes it easy to package and deploy.

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