The Hibernate team is happy to announce the availability of the 3.6.0.Beta2 release. The major change from Beta1 is the merging of AnnotationConfiguration into Configuration (HHH-5375). AnnotationConfiguration is now completely deprecated.
In triaging a reported issue I ended up having to once again delve into investigating PostgreSQL BLOB suppport. So for the sake of posterity and for the sake of my swiss cheese memory I decided to record my findings here.
Atlassian and Contegix (who together make the Hibernate JIRA possible) have found evidence that the Hibernate JIRA has been compromised through the recent JIRA exploit affecting numerous Open Source JIRA instances.