Could I apply a bug fix as patch without updating JDK?
We have JDK6 U18 in production. I'm facing a known bug in JDK (http://bugs.sun.com/bugdatabase/view_bug.do?bug_id=6550655) which is fixed in 7(b142). I'm assuming that's JDK7 build 142.
Q1: Could someone verify that's a correct assumption, please?
I can't simply update JDK to that version or latest for that matter; Policies and the fact that currently not all of our applications in production are fully covered with automated integration and unit tests and fully testing them manually with new JDK is not within our budget.
Q2: Could I get that fix and its dependencies as patches and update my JDK with them? Is there any other way than updating JDK as a whole? That way I could restrict our manual testing.