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April 2, 2014

The Java 8 Plug-in released on March 18, 2014, no longer allows a Java applet running in the restricted sandbox to make a network connection back to the server from which it came. The change is described in Java Rich Internet Applications Enhancement in JDK 8 where it states, "For sandbox RIAs, SocketPermissions for the origin host is no longer granted."

Oracle made this change at the last minute, even after the JDK 8 Final Release Candidate was posted for testing on January 23, 2014. The change breaks a feature of Java applets that has worked for 18 years. I'm working on a solution or an alternative that bypasses the problem.

Meanwhile, the VOLANO chat software version 2.12 works fine with Java 7, and Java 7 is still being provided to end users at You may want to add a note to your users that the VOLANO chat applets work only with Java 7 and do not work with Java 8.

The final release of Java 8 was posted for developers at the Java SE Downloads page. For end users running applets with the Java Plug-in, the latest available release is Java 7 Update 51, available at the site. In a comment to his blog post, Mark Reinhold, Chief Architect of the Java Platform Group at Oracle, says, "We're very conservative with auto-updates. We'll switch that over to JDK 8 in a few months." So we should have until June 2014 before end users start to receive the Java 8 update automatically.

January 13, 2014

An update to the VOLANO chat software is available for download as a full version 2.12 package and as an upgrade to version 2.11. This update includes signed applets compatible with the latest security changes in Java 7 Update 51 being released on January 14, 2014.

The update will work with license keys for the VOLANO chat server at version 2.5 or later. If you have an earlier version of the VOLANO chat server, please contact me for a more recent license. See the Version 2.12 page for details.

October 24, 2012

An update to the VOLANO chat software is available as a full version 2.11 package and as a patch to version 2.10. This version works around the bug in Oracle Java 7 that disables the enter and return keys on Mac OS X. See the Version 2.11 page for details.

October 17, 2012

The Oracle Java 7 Plug-in on Mac OS X disables the enter and return keys in the text field of the chat room window. As a result, Mac users who upgrade to Java 7 are unable to send messages in the chat room. There is a work-around that I will post soon in an update to the VOLANO chat software. I expect to complete the changes in the next few days and have a full version and upgrade version available for download next week.

Included in the text box below is the bug report I submitted to Oracle.

— John Neffenger

2014-04-02 — The Java 8 Plug-in released on March 18, 2014, blocks the VOLANO chat applets from connecting to the chat server. More…

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