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From "Mattias Jiderhamn (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CXF-5442) CXFAuthenticator causes classloader leaks
Date Fri, 06 Dec 2013 21:19:36 GMT
Mattias Jiderhamn created CXF-5442:

             Summary: CXFAuthenticator causes classloader leaks
                 Key: CXF-5442
             Project: CXF
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Transports
    Affects Versions: 2.6.10
            Reporter: Mattias Jiderhamn

org.apache.cxf.transport.http.CXFAuthenticator will cause classloader leaks.

When CXFAuthenticator.addAuthenticator() is called, org.apache.cxf.transport.http.ReferencingAuthenticator
is instantiated in a custom "dummy" URLClassLoader, and then wraps any pre-existing default
Authenticator + weak references the CXFAuthenticator.

In theory, this means that the classloader loading the CXFAuthenticator can be garbage collected,
and then ReferencingAuthenticator.auth is cleared since CXFAuthenticator.instance is not strongly
reachable from GC root.

I won't say my conclusions are final, but this is how I think it happens: When the dummy URLClassLoader
is instantiated, it inherits the AccessControlContext that references the current classloader,
which is the one that loaded CXFAuthenticator and thus there is a path to GC root (see screenshot)
and the web app classloader is never garbage collected.

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