Java 7 Update 25 has been released by Oracle. This is a critical patch update which includes 40 new security fixes of which 37 can be remotely exploited without authentication. 42 vulnerabilities were fixed in the last Java 7 Update 21.
The Java vulnerability saga continues and Adobe continues to strive to fix most of the security flaws in Java. Most of the experts have said that users should disable Java in their computers and devices until most of the vulnerabilities are fixed. But for some of the users, it is absolutely important to have Java installed in their system.
Why is Java required?
Java Runtime Environment has a virtual machine called JVM, runtime class libraries, and Java application launcher that are necessary to run programs written in the Java programming language. The programs include all types of utilities including Desktop based, mobile based and web-based apps.
Originally, Java became famous because of its portable nature. The programs developed in Java could be executed in many architectures and platforms without re-developing the program for each hardware architecture or Operating System.
Since Java is being used everywhere, it becomes necessary for the user to install Java in their system. You can read more about the latest update of Java on Oracle Security Assurance blog. You can also read the release notes about Java 7 Update 25.
Installing and updating the latest version of Java
If Java Runtime Environment is not installed in your computer, you can download the latest update from the below location and simply run the installer. It should install without any problems.
If you have already installed Java in your system and want to update it, here are the steps involved for updating Java in Windows 8.
Go to Windows Settings Search (Windows Key + W) and search for “java”.
Select Java (32-bit) from the search results. This will open Java Control Panel.
Go to the Update tab and press the Update now button. This will automatically update Java in your computer.
Download Java 7 Update 25 offline installers
Here are the direct download links for Java 7 Update 25 offline installers. You just need to download the file and install it without an Internet connection.
Java Runtime Environment 7 Update 25 (Windows 32-bit installer)
Java Runtime Environment 7 Update 25 (Windows 64-bit installer)
If you do not want to install Java in your system but want to run Java apps, you can use Portable Java Runtime Environment which has been updated to the latest Java 7 Update 25.