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From "Ault, Matt" <>
Subject Possible Issue in org.apache.cxf.jaxws.interceptors.SwAOutInterceptor
Date Thu, 21 May 2009 20:04:03 GMT
I believe I have found a possible issue in the org.apache.cxf.jaxws.interceptors.SwAOutInterceptor.
 The functionality appears to have changed between 2.1.3 and 2.2.1.  I'm not sure which is
the correct functionality so I thought I'd post here first.

This problem occurs when you have a JAXBContextImplementation that does not have a hasSwaRef
method.  I found this issue when moving a service from Tomcat to WebSphere.  IBM uses a different
implementation of JAXBContext by default and IBM's version doesn't have a hasSwaRef method
on it.

In 2.2.1 this results in a NullPointerException in this block of code:

 1    private boolean callSWARefMethod(JAXBContext ctx) {
 2        Method m = SWA_REF_METHOD.get(ctx.getClass().getName());
 3        if (m == null && !SWA_REF_METHOD.containsKey(ctx.getClass().getName()))
 4            try {
 5                m = ctx.getClass().getMethod("hasSwaRef", new Class[0]);
 6            } catch (Exception e) {
 7                //ignore
 8            }
 9            SWA_REF_METHOD.put(ctx.getClass().getName(), m);
10        }
11        try {
12            return (Boolean)m.invoke(ctx);
13        } catch (Exception e) {
14            return false;
15        }
16    }

This throws the NPE at line 9 SWA_REF_METHOD.put(ctx.getClass().getName(), m); because m is
null.  In JDK 1.6.07 ConcurrentHashMap.put() throws a NullPointerException when the value
is null.  This causes a SOAPFault to be returned to the client.

I believe that this code should just return false if the hasSwaRef method doesn't exist (which
is how this operates in 2.1.3).  If the put() wasn't called when m is null, then this code
should return true if the method exists and false if it doesn't.

Fortunately, I can work around this by setting the javax.xml.bind.JAXBContext system property
to the Sun version (com.sun.xml.bind.v2.ContextFactory) which returns a JAXBContext that implements

Let me know if you need any more information from me regarding this issue, I didn't post it
to JIRA since I wasn't sure if the code was performing correctly yet.

Matt Ault
Systems and Technology

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