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1 Oracle iPlanet Web Server Release 7.0.21 Release Notes

This document contains information about new features and enhancements, installation notes, and known issues in Oracle iPlanet Web Server Release 7.0.21.

This document contains the following sections:

1.1 New Features or Enhancements in Oracle iPlanet Web Server Release 7.0.21

The following are new features in Oracle iPlanet Web Server Release 7.0.21:

1.1.1 Support for Network Security Services 3.17.2

Oracle iPlanet Web Server 7.0.21 supports Network Security Services (NSS) 3.17.2.

1.1.2 Support for TLS Protocols

Oracle iPlanet Web Server 7.0.21 provides support for additional Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols. In addition to TLS 1.0, TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2 are now supported. SSL3 has been disabled by default.

The list of supported ciphers has changed. The supported ciphers are:





























For information about features and enhancements in previous Oracle iPlanet web Server 7.0 releases, see Appendix A.

1.1.3 Default welcome-file-list

A default welcome-file-list has been added in default-web.xml: entries of this list are used when a web application does not define a welcome-file-list. If a web application defines a welcome file list, then that list gets higher priority as welcome files than the default list.

1.2 Issues Resolved in Oracle iPlanet Web Server Release 7.0.21

This section lists the issues resolved in Oracle iPlanet Web Server 7.0.21. The documentation issues are prefixed "Doc:" in the Summary column of the table.

Issue ID Description


Removal of max-procs parameter from the Admin CLI/GUI interfaces.


A search events fails when platform is set to 64-bit.


For an auto-deployed web application without a welcome-file in its deployment descriptor, an attempt to access the base url of the web-app results in the display of the directory listing even though it may contain some file such as index.jsp.


In an auto-deployed web-app, if welcome-file redirects to another page, then a directory listing was being displayed for that directory.


Multi-byte characters in the response header get garbled.


The get-client-cert operation does not work when SSL3 is disabled.

For information about issues resolved in previous Oracle iPlanet Web Server 7.0 releases, see Appendix B.

1.3 Hardware and Software Requirements

This section provides information about the hardware and software requirements of Oracle iPlanet Web Server Release 7.0.21, including the following topics:

1.3.1 Product Patches

Patches for Oracle iPlanet Web Server Release 7.0.21 are available on the My Oracle Support site at

The following table lists the patches.

Platform Patch ID

Oracle Solaris on SPARC (32-bit)


Oracle Solaris on x86 (32-bit)


Linux x86


Linux x86-64


IBM AIX on POWER Systems (32-bit)


HP-UX PA-RISC (32-bit)


Windows (32-bit)


1.3.2 Supported Platforms

Complete information about supported operating environments and hardware for Oracle iPlanet Web Server Release 7.0.21 is available in Oracle iPlanet Web Server 7.0.9+ Certification Matrix, which is available at:

Memory and Disk Space Requirements

  • Minimum recommended disk space: 550 MB

  • Minimum required memory

    • For Red Hat Enterprise Linux: 768 MB

    • For all other operating systems: 512 MB

Runtime Library Requirement

The Oracle iPlanet Web Server 7.0.20 Windows patch requires the Microsoft VC9 runtime libraries.

1.3.3 Supported JDKs

From release 7.0.9 onward, Oracle iPlanet Web Server is supported only on Java SE 6, not on Java SE 5.

From Web Server 7.0.17 and higher, Java SE 7 is supported on Solaris, Linux and Windows platforms.

For information about the supported operating systems, see the Oracle iPlanet Web Server 7.0.9+ Certification Matrix spreadsheet, the link to which is available on the following page:


JDK 7 is packaged with Oracle iPlanet Web Server 7.0.18, for all the operating systems that are listed in the supported platforms spreadsheet, except HP-UX and AIX.

1.3.4 System Virtualization Support

System virtualization is a technology that enables multiple operating system instances to execute independently on shared hardware. Functionally, software deployed to an operating system hosted in a virtualized environment is generally unaware that the underlying platform has been virtualized. Oracle tests its products on selected system virtualization and operating system combinations to help validate that Oracle products continue to function on properly sized and configured virtualized environments as they do on non-virtualized systems.

For information about support for Oracle products in virtualized environments, see:

1.3.5 Operating System Patches

Update your operating system with the latest applicable patches. Required patches are listed in the following sections. Solaris Patches

x86 or SPARC users of Solaris 10 should have the latest patch cluster installed. The patch cluster is available on the My Oracle Support site at:


On a 32-bit Solaris (SPARC) platform, install SUNWlibC and SUNWlibCx packages, in addition to the patches listed in this section.

The Oracle iPlanet Web Server 7.0 installer determines whether the required patches are installed on your system; without them, the installation fails. The following patches are required for successful installation and functioning of Oracle iPlanet Web Server 7.0 on a supported platform.


If the patches available at are obsolete, download the most recent version of these patches because they include the latest bug fixes and product enhancements.


To know the Solaris version installed on your system, see the /etc/release file.

The /etc/release file contains Solaris version information in the following format:

            Solaris 10 6/06 s10x_u2wos_08 X86
   Copyright 2006 Sun Microsystems, Inc.  All Rights Reserved. 
             Use is subject to license terms.
                   Assembled 02 May 2006 Solaris 10 (SPARC and x86) Patches

    119963-26 — Shared library patch for C++

  • x86

    119964-26 — Shared library patch for C++ AIX Patches

  • AIX 5.3: 5300-08-01-0819 or later

  • AIX 6.1: 6100-00-04-0815 or later Linux 6.x Patch

compat-libstdc++-33.x86_64 rpm

glibc-2.12-1.80.el6.i686 rpm

1.3.6 Supported Browsers

Information about the supported web browsers for Oracle iPlanet Web Server Release 7.0.21 is available in the Oracle iPlanet Web Server 7.0 Certification Matrix, which is available at:

1.3.7 Deprecation Notices

Uncertified Operating System Versions

As of iPlanet Web Server Release 7.0.21, the following operating system versions are not certified:

  • Microsoft Windows XP

  • Microsoft Window Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, Service Pack 2

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Advanced Server

  • Solaris 9 Update 9 SPARC (32- and 64-bit)

  • Solaris 9 Update 8 x86 (32-bit)

  • Solaris 8

  • OpenSolaris

  • HP-UX 11.11

  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Server 3

Uncertified Web Browser Versions

As of iPlanet Web Server Release 7.0.21, the following web browser versions are not certified:

  • Firefox 2

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6

  • Mozilla (all versions)

1.4 Installation, Migration, and Upgrade Notes

This section includes notes about installing, migrating, and upgrading Web Server. For detailed information about these topics, review the information in Oracle iPlanet Web Server Installation and Migration Guide.

For known issues as of Oracle iPlanet Web Server Release 7.0.21, see Chapter 2, "Known Issues."

1.4.1 Installation Notes

You cannot install Web Server to a directory that contains an earlier major version of Web Server. You can, however, migrate the existing installation after installing Web Server to a new directory.

Web Server can be installed as part of Java Enterprise System or as a standalone version. Standalone Installation

In a standalone installation, all the necessary shared components such as NSS and NSPR are packaged with the Web Server installation files. Java ES Installation

Java ES patches for Oracle iPlanet Web Server 7.0 were provided up to release 7.0.12. The information in this section is applicable only to release 7.0.12 and earlier releases.

If you are installing Oracle iPlanet Web Server as part of the Java ES suite, the Java ES installer installs all the shared components such as NSS and NSPR as separate packages and Web Server specific binaries as separate OS-dependent packages.

Download and install the latest Java ES component patches for your operating system from


Oracle iPlanet Web Server will not start successfully without installing the latest NSS and NSPR patches on your system. Therefore, before installing the latest update of Oracle iPlanet Web Server, look in the patch README for the appropriate NSS patch available for your system.

1.4.2 Migration Notes

Web Server 6.0 and 6.1 configurations can be migrated. Direct migration from a Web Server release earlier than 6.0 is not supported. Earlier releases such as Web Server 4.0 must first be migrated to Web Server 6.1, then to Web Server 7.0. For information about migrating from Web Server 4.0 or later to Web Server 6.1, see Sun Java System Web Server 6.1 Installation and Migration Guide and Sun Java System Web Server 6.1 Release Notes at:

For more information about migrating from Web Server 4.1 to Web Server 7.0, and from all versions of Web Server 6.0 to Web Server 7.0, see Oracle iPlanet Web Server Installation and Migration Guide.

1.4.3 Upgrade Notes

When you install the latest update of Oracle iPlanet Web Server 7.0 over an existing 7.0 installation, the installer automatically performs the upgrade.

If Oracle iPlanet Web Server 7.0 is already installed, point the installer (pertaining to the latest update) to the location of the existing 7.0 installation, and then upgrade.

For more information about upgrading from Web Server 7.0 to Web Server 7.0 Update 5, see Oracle iPlanet Web Server Installation and Migration Guide.

Compatibility Issues

  1. Web Server 7.0 supports JavaServer Faces 1.2 technology. Most JavaServer Faces 1.1 applications are expected to work with Web Server 7.0 without any modifications. However, there are some compatibility issues that might be encountered when migrating applications to JavaServer Faces 1.2 applications and such applications require modifications.

    The changes are documented in the JavaServer Faces release notes at:

  2. Sun Java System Portal Server 7.1 provided with Java ES 5 is not compatible with Web Server 7.0 Update 1. If you have deployed Sun Java System Portal Server 7.1 along with Web Server 7.0, you need to upgrade both servers rather than only Web Server 7.0.

    The required Sun Java System Portal Server 7.1 upgrade is available with Java ES 5 Update 1 or with the following patches at:

    • 124301 (SPARC)

    • 124302 (x86)

    • 124303 (Linux)

    If you are using a localized version of Web Server, install the following Portal Server localization patches:

    • 125301 (Solaris SPARC, Solaris x86 localization)

    • 125302 (Linux localization)