8u152 Early Access Release Notes

Last Updated: 2017/05/19

The following is a draft of the Release Notes that will be shipped with 8u152. Until this version releases the contents are subject to change.

New Features


New Security property to control crypto policy

This release introduces a new feature whereby the JCE jurisdiction policy files used by the JDK can be controlled via a new Security property. In older releases, JCE jurisdiction files had be be downloaded and installed separately to allow unlimited cryptography to be used by the JDK. The download and install steps are no longer necessary. To enable unlimited cryptography, one can use the new crypto.policy Security property. If the new Security property (crypto.policy) is set in the java.security file, or has been set dynamically using the Security.setProperty() call before the JCE framework has been initialized, that setting will be honored. By default, the property will be undefined. If the property is undefined and the legacy JCE jurisdiction files don't exist in the legacy lib/security directory, then the default cryptographic level will remain at 'limited'. To configure the JDK to use unlimited cryptography, set the crypto.policy to a value of 'unlimited'. See the notes in the java.security file shipping with this release for more information.

See JDK-8157561



BigInteger performance improvements turned on by default

The performance improvements described in JDK-8130150 and JDK-8081778 have now been turned on by default. They can be turned off by using the following command options:

See JDK-8154945

Issues Fixed


Compilers accept modification of final fields outside initializer methods

According to the Java VM Specification, final fields can be modified by the putfield byte code instruction only if the instruction appears in the instance initializer method <init> of the field's declaring class. Similar, static final fields can be modified by a putstatic instruction only if the instruction appears in the class initializer method <clinit> of the field's declaring class. With the JDK 9 release, the HotSpot VM fully enforces the previously mentioned restrictions, but only for class files with version number >= 53. For class files with version numbers < 53, restrictions are only partially enforced (as it is done by releases preceding JDK 9). That is, for class files with version number < 53 final fields can be modified in any method of the class declaring the field (not only class/instance initializers).

See JDK-8157181