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December 10, 2021
Java agent v7.4.1

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Fixes

  • This fix is recommended if you are running on Java 8 - 17.

Support statement:

  • New Relic recommends that you upgrade the agent regularly to ensure that you're getting the latest features and performance benefits. Additionally, older releases will no longer be supported when they reach end-of-life.

Java agent v6.5.1

Fixes

  • Log4j 2.15.0, which fixes the security vulnerability CVE-2021-44228, is only compatible with Java 8+. Therefore, this version of the agent is not compatible with Java 7 and is only recommended if you are using Java 8+ and are otherwise unable to upgrade to Java agent 7.4.1.

Mitigation for Java 7

Java agent versions 4.12.0 through 6.5.0 (which support Java 7) use Log4j 2.11.2 which falls into the affected range. For Java 7 users the recommended mitigation from Apache Log4j Security Vulnerabilities is to set the system property -Dlog4j2.formatMsgNoLookups=true.

Mitigation: In releases >=2.10, this behavior can be mitigated by setting the system property log4j2.formatMsgNoLookups. For releases >=2.7 and <=2.14.1, all PatternLayout patterns can be modified to specify the message converter as %m{nolookups} instead of just %m. For releases >=2.0-beta9 and <=2.10.0, the mitigation is to remove the JndiLookup class from the classpath:

zip -q -d log4j-core-*.jar org/apache/logging/log4j/core/lookup/JndiLookup.class

Note: The alternate approach of defining the LOG4J_FORMAT_MSG_NO_LOOKUPS=true environment variable will not work with the NR Java Agent.

Support statement:

  • New Relic recommends that you upgrade the agent regularly to ensure that you're getting the latest features and performance benefits. Additionally, older releases will no longer be supported when they reach end-of-life.

October 28, 2021
Java agent v7.4.0

New features and improvements

  • Support for Java 17 #433

  • Distributed tracing is on by default and deprecates cross-application tracing #486

    • Increases the default maximum number of samples stored for span events from 1000 to 2000.
    • The maximum number of samples stored for span events can be configured via the max_samples_stored configuration in the newrelic.yml.
    span_events:
    max_samples_stored: 2000

    중요

    This feature causes an increase in the consumption of data. The amount of increase will depend on the application. This feature can be disabled by adding the following to the agent yaml config nested under the common section:

    distributed_tracing:
    enabled: false
  • Auto-instrumentation support for GraphQL-Java 17.0+ #487

  • This version tested agent support for the ARM64/Graviton2 platform

Fixes

The existing MongoDB sync client instrumentation was incorrectly applying when MongoDB reactive or async client was being used, which could lead to segment timeouts and long transaction response times. #476

Deprecations and removed features

Cross application tracing is now deprecated, and disabled by default. To continue using it, enable it with cross_application_tracer.enabled = true and distributed_tracing.enabled = false.

Support statement:

  • New Relic recommends that you upgrade the agent regularly to ensure that you're getting the latest features and performance benefits. Additionally, older releases will no longer be supported when they reach end-of-life.

September 30, 2021
Java agent v7.3.0

New features and improvements

  • Support for Java 16

  • Auto-instrumentation support for java.net.http.HttpClient

  • Migrate the Agent’s caching library from Guava to Caffeine (Special thanks to community member Stephan Schroevers for this contribution)

    • Caffeine provides an in-memory cache using a Google Guava inspired API. The improvements draw on the author’s experience designing Guava's cache and ConcurrentLinkedHashMap.
    • We expect this change to provide improvement in cases where we saw thread contention and deadlocks attributable to the Guava library.

Fixes

Support statement

  • New Relic recommends that you upgrade the agent regularly to ensure that you're getting the latest features and performance benefits. Additionally, older releases will no longer be supported when they reach end-of-life.

September 9, 2021
Java agent v7.2.0

New features and improvements

  • Scala Library Instrumentation #362 and #363

    • STTP versions 2 & 3 Akka-HTTP, HTTP4s and STTP core backends
    • Cats-effect v2
    • ZIO v1
    • HTTP4s client & server v0.21
    • Play 2.3-2.8
    • Akka-HTTP v10.1 & v10.2
    • For more information, see Scala instrumentation.
  • Scala API support (see PRs above)

    • Scala APIs provided for explicit instrumentation of several of above libraries in case auto-instrumentation is not desired
    • Cats-effect v2
    • ZIO v1
  • AWS v2 DynamoDB Instrumentation #343

  • GraphQL 16 Instrumentation #396

    • Create meaningful transaction names
    • Create meaningful spans
    • Reporting GraphQL errors
    • For more information, see GraphQL for Java
  • JFR feature causing excessive overhead when enabled JFR #203

    • Refactored code to use less memory.

Fixes

The existing MongoDB instrumentation was partially applying when MongoDB Reactive Streams is being used.

Support statement:

  • New Relic recommends that you upgrade the agent regularly to ensure that you're getting the latest features and performance benefits. Additionally, older releases will no longer be supported when they reach end-of-life.

July 15, 2021
Java agent v7.1.1

  • Real-time profiling for Java using JFR metrics

Due to overhead caused in some applications Real-time profiling for Java using JFR metrics is now disabled by default.

It can be enabled using the agent settings (newrelic.yml).

Support statement:

  • New Relic recommends that you upgrade the agent regularly to ensure that you're getting the latest features and performance benefits. Additionally, older releases will no longer be supported when they reach end-of-life.

July 7, 2021
Java agent v7.1.0

Known issues

Some customers saw increased overhead when Real-time profiling is enabled.

See notice below on how to disable it.

New features and improvements:

  • Java instrumentation by XML new properties:

    • traceLambda - to trace lambdas inside a method
    • traceByReturnType - to trace all methods in a class that return a given type

    These are compatible with Java and Scala. For more information, see Java instrumentation by XML.

  • Scala APIs

    New artifacts allow Scala code to be instrumented using a fluent Scala API instead of the Java annotations. There are specific artifacts for versions 2.10, 2.11, 2.12, 2.13 of Scala. Scala 3.0 users can use the 2.13 artifact.

    For more information, see Scala instrumentation.

  • Real-time profiling for Java using JFR metrics

    This feature is now enabled by default.

    중요

    This feature will cause an increase in the consumption of data. The amount depends on the application. This feature can be disabled by adding the following to the agent yaml config nested under the common section:

    jfr:
    enabled: false

    For more information, see JFR core README.

Support statement:

  • New Relic recommends that you upgrade the agent regularly to ensure that you're getting the latest features and performance benefits. Additionally, older releases will no longer be supported when they reach end-of-life.

June 15, 2021
Java agent v7.0.1

Fixes

  • Fixes an issue where the agent would break OkHttp versions 3.X and lower. (#324)

June 9, 2021
Java agent v7.0.0

New features and improvements:

This feature requires a supported version of Java 8 (specifically version 8u262 or higher) or Java 11 or higher and is currently disabled by default. To enable it set the following in your yaml (indented 2 spaces under the common section).

jfr:
enabled: true

Notice: If you were previously using the jfr-daemon jar as an agent extension or standalone process you should remove that option to avoid potential conflicts with the JFR service that is now built into the agent.

  • Not compatible with Java 7. In order to continue to innovate and efficiently provide new capabilities to our customers who run on the JVM, this and future agent versions aren't compatible with Java 7. If you're running Java 7, you may continue to use Java agent 6.5.0 or lower. For details, see this topic on the Explorers Hub.
  • Adds support for akka http with Scala 2.13. #271
  • Class annotation to trace lambda methods. #274
  • Class annotation to trace methods by return type. #275

Fixes:

  • Fixes an issue that could cause multiple versions of akka-http-core instrumentation to apply at the same time. #208
  • The agent will now log dropped events at FINE instead of WARN to decrease verbosity. #296
  • Fixes Javadoc comments that incorrectly stated that, when calling the noticeError API multiple times, the first error would be reported when in fact it's the last error that is reported. #313

Support statement:

  • New Relic recommends that you upgrade the agent regularly to ensure that you're getting the latest features and performance benefits. Additionally, older releases will no longer be supported when they reach end-of-life.

Known Issues

  • OkHttp

This release contains a bug that breaks OkHttp versions 3.X and below. All affected users should upgrade to 7.0.1.

April 26, 2021
Java agent v6.5.0

New features and improvements:

  • The agent no longer bundles SSL certificates with it and the use_private_ssl option that configured the agent to use the previously bundled certificates has been removed. By default, the agent will use the SSL truststore provided by the JVM unless it is explicitly configured to use a different truststore with the ca_bundle_path option. See Configuring your SSL certificates for more details.

Fixes:

  • Fixes an issue that could cause incorrect transaction naming when using JAX-RS sub-resources.
  • Reactor Netty instrumentation improvements and fixes.

Deprecation notice

  • Java 7 compatibility deprecation

In order to continue to innovate and efficiently provide new capabilities to our customers who run on the JVM, Java 7 support has been deprecated and this will be the last version of the agent compatible with it.

If you are running Java 7, you may continue to use Java agent 6.5.0 or lower.

For more information, see the Explorers Hub post.

Support statement:

  • New Relic recommends that you upgrade the agent regularly to ensure that you're getting the latest features and performance benefits. Additionally, older releases will no longer be supported when they reach end-of-life.

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