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Oracle has quietly ended all support for Java on Windows XP. As a result, the quarterly security updates scheduled for July 15 will not include any fixes for Windows XP.
In a FAQ on the Java site the company states that Microsoft’s end of support for Windows XP is the reason for Oracle’s decision to end support. Users may still run Java 7 at their own risk. Java 8, the next major version, will not be available for Windows XP.
In a press release, Morten Kjaersgaard, CEO of Danish IT security firm Heimdal Security says that after the updates are applied, Java will no longer load on Windows XP. The new Java versions will be 7u65 and 8u11, according to Kjaersgaard.
As he also notes, Windows XP still accounts for a large percentage of systems in use, even in enterprises. Of those systems, Heimdal Security claims, according to their intelligence, that almost 88 percent run Java.
Java has been a major source of real-world security threats over the last few years. While he advises Windows XP users to upgrade to a modern, supported version of Windows, Kjaersgaard recognizes that Windows XP users are stubborn and will be exposed. “This is a huge security problem,” says Kjaersgaard.
Heimdal also says that they have reached out to Oracle about the problem and have not received a response. We have also contacted Oracle and will update this story if we receive a response.
Source: Associated Press