Hibernate ORM 4.2.8.Final was just released with 30 fixes/improvements! Please see the full changelog for more information: https://hibernate.atlassian.net/issues/?jql=project=10031+AND+fixVersion=14950.
Apologies for the delay in this release. Note that 4.2.9.Final will also be delayed until Jan. 8th due to the US holidays.
JBoss Nexus: https://repository.jboss.org/nexus/content/groups/public/org/hibernate
Maven Central: http://repo1.maven.org/maven2/org/hibernate/hibernate-core (should update in a couple of days)
Downloads: 4.2.8.Final ZIP, 4.2.8.Final TGZ