Java 11 Corretto JDK Readiness on Blackboard

Overview

To address recent changes in Oracle’s Java support model, With the release of version 3800.2 for SaaS Continuous Delivery in February 2020, Blackboard Learn is transitioning to adopt a more recent version of Java, Java 11 Corretto JDK. This article provides a link to a current summary of the status of key Learn Building Blocks and the current status with JDK 11 support, as well as an FAQ for the general public. 

 

Audience

Public

 

Information

To address recent changes in Oracle’s Java support model, Blackboard Learn is transitioning to adopt a more recent version of Java, Java 11 Corretto JDK.  This update will occur between February 3-6, 2020. 

To ensure 3rd Party Building Blocks along with partner Building Blocks built with Blackboard are ready, Blackboard has also been proactively reviewing and reaching out to Blackboard partners.  Click the below link for a current summary of the status of key Learn Building Blocks and the current status with JDK 11 support. 

https://blackboard.secure.force.com/btbb_exportarticlepdf?id=kAA1O000000KyvZWAS&pdf=true

Frequently Asked Questions


What actions will Blackboard take if a critical Java security issue is identified prior to a Learn release compatible with an updated version of Java JDK?

We (BLACKBOARD) would triage, mitigate, and remediate the issue through our normal processes. Sometimes that means configuration or infrastructure changes that can be implemented for mitigation without changes to Java; other times software patches are required. If the remediation approach requires a Java update, this may require accelerating release of a new Learn version in SaaS. In this circumstance of accelerating a Learn update to accommodate an updated Java JDK, this could mean moving forward upgrade option dates for SaaS Flexible Deployment Option (FDO) environments.

 
What are the Oracle changes requiring a different approach for Java and Blackboard Learn?

Starting in February 2019, changes to Oracle’s Java support practices prevent access to critical security fixes on all but the most recent version of Oracle Java without an extended support contract. While this strategy aligns with the global trend toward cloud-based applications, it introduces change for products such as Blackboard Learn that has the option of shipped software installed and maintained by end users.

For self-hosted and Managing Hosting environments where the supported Java version is specific to a particular release, Blackboard has entered into an extended support agreement with Oracle on behalf of these Learn clients on Learn 9.1 Q2 2019 releases and prior. For Learn SaaS environments and for Learn 9.1 Q4 2019 and newer, we are transitioning to Java support provided by AWS.

Details

Article ID: 97067
Created
Fri 1/31/20 8:42 AM
Modified
Tue 2/25/20 10:20 AM