Many thanks to Omair Majid for preparing the 1.12.1 release while I was still returning home from FOSDEM. Much appreciated!

The IcedTea project provides a harness to build the source code from OpenJDK using Free Software build tools, along with additional features such as a PulseAudio sound driver and support for alternative virtual machines.

A new security release is now available for the OpenJDK 6 series: 1.12.1. Regarding 7, we’ve hit bootstrapping issues that we’re trying to work around so it can still be built with OpenJDK 6, but if you fancy rolling your own using an earlier build of 7, the forests are already up-to-date for 2.3 as is the IcedTea7 2.3 repository.

The update contains the following security fixes:

Full details can be found below.

What’s New?

New in release 1.12.1 (2012-02-04)

The tarball can be downloaded from:

SHA256 checksum:

  • 8e73a3939ba8c2cca888defc6c90811c959273a9bc7bd1352338a72cefcf1157 icedtea6-1.12.1.tar.gz

The tarball is accompanied by a digital signature available at the above ‘sig’ link. This is produced using Omair’s public key. See details below.

  • PGP Key: 66484681 (
  • Fingerprint = F072 555B 0A17 3957 4E95 0056 F286 F14F 6648 4681

The following people helped with these releases:

  • Andrew John Hughes (applying all security patches & backports, release testing)
  • Omair Majid (identification of ordering issues with security patches, porting security patches to 1.12)

We would also like to thank the bug reporters and testers!

To get started:

$ tar xzf icedtea-1.12.1.tar.gz
$ cd icedtea-1.12.1

Full build requirements and instructions are in INSTALL:

$ ./configure [--with-parallel-jobs --enable-pulse-java
--enable-systemtap ...]
$ make

Happy hacking!