SAS® 9.4 Support for Java

Java Runtime Environment

SAS Foundation, the SAS middle tier, and certain SAS client applications require the use of a Java Runtime Environment (JRE). For all platforms other than z/OS, a private JRE is provided by SAS and installed by the SAS® Deployment Wizard for the exclusive use of SAS products. SAS offers support for this private JRE when used in conjunction with SAS software products under the same guidelines that govern support for all other SAS products. These guidelines are described on the SAS Technical Support Services and Policies page.

SAS will evaluate support for future revisions and patches and security fixes to the JRE as these become available. SAS will package and deliver these updates to SAS customers as necessary to address security issues and ensure that the functionality of SAS web applications is correct and complete.

Java Development Kit (JDK)

For all platforms other than z/OS, SAS 9.4 software does not require a Java Development Kit (JDK).

For z/OS, a Java Software Development Kit (SDK) is provided in the SAS Software Depot for use during installation, maintenance and application of hot fixes. Some features of SAS 9.4, such as SAS/GRAPH® support for the javaimg device and the SAS REPORT procedure, require a Java SDK. Therefore, for any use of Java SDK in production SAS software on z/OS, you must install an appropriate Service Refresh of IBM 31-bit SDK. Check SAS Note 51195 for more details on Java service refresh levels that are currently supported by SAS.

Support Vendor Download

IBM, z/OS, version 1.6 SR3 and 1.7.0

Notes

SAS recommends that you not use these Java versions and SR levels:

  • 1.6.0 SR14 and SR15
  • 1.6.0.1 SR6 and SR7
  • 1.7.0 SR5 and SR6
  • 1.7.1 initial release

Java 1.6.0 SR16, 1.6.0.1 SR8, 1.7.0 SR7, and 1.7.1 SR1 or higher incorporate the fix for CMVC IV54864, which is needed to invoke Java from SAS. Check SAS Note 51195 for more details.

Note regarding the support of Java SE 7: SAS will continue to use and support a Java 7 JRE for SAS 9.4 deployments and will continue to provide updates for critical security issues associated with the Java 7 JRE in accordance with our technical support and security policies. See SAS® Third-Party Software Requirements - Java 7 Updates for details. Updates to the SAS Private JRE are available from the Downloads application. The current release and any previous releases of Java 7 available from SAS are documented in SAS Note 56203.


Java Updates

Updates to the SAS Private JRE are available from the downloads section. Customers who are running:

  • SAS 9.4 TS1M3 or later will use the automated hot fix update process for the SAS Private JRE.
  • SAS 9.4 TS1M2 on all operating systems except Solaris will use the automated hot fix update process for the SAS Private JRE.
  • SAS 9.4 TS1M2 on Solaris need to follow manual instructions for applying SAS Private JRE updates.
  • SAS releases prior to SAS 9.4 TS1M2 need to follow manual instructions for applying SAS Private JRE updates.

SAS 9.4 maintenance releases will contain the latest tested version of the JRE, based on product build time. Customers who are applying a maintenance update for SAS software may also need to retrieve and apply a JRE hot fix in order to ensure the most recent security fixes are applied.

Note: SAS 9.4 deployments do not support Java 8 except in specific situations. Contact SAS Technical Support for details.

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