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From "John H. Embretsen" <John.Embret...@Sun.COM>
Subject Re: [jira] Commented: (DERBY-1387) Add JMX extensions to Derby
Date Wed, 06 Feb 2008 19:44:16 GMT
Daniel John Debrunner wrote:
> John Embretsen wrote:
>> With JMX enabled on the JVM level (regardless of Derby's JMX support), 
>> you are able to read all system properties anyway, as a valid JMX user 
>> on a local or remote machine.
> Is that through the SystemProperties attribute of the mbean for 
> java.lang.Runtime?

Yes, that bean is implemented as an MXBean, and was added in J2SE 5.0.
The bean has a method getSystemProperties() which returns a Map of all 
system properties and their respective values, see

This MXBean may, I think, be accessed programmatically by any 
application running a J2SE 5.0 or newer JVM, not just JConsole. You 
still need to have the right permissions, though (meaning: you must be 
allowed to connect to the platform MBeanServer).

System properties are also readable via other tools in Sun's JDK such as 
jinfo (but as far as I know it is then only available to the user 
running the monitored JVM, on the localhost).

> I see that in jconsole, though it doesn't show me the system properties, 
> instead it shows the class name of the class wrapping the properties 
> (TabularDataSupport). I assume that's just a bug in the jvm version I'm 
> using, on later jdk6's does it show a set of properties?

I tried running the Derby Network Server using jdk1.5.0_09 and 
jdk1.6.0_04, and the JConsoles from both JDKs. Once connected to the 
server VM with JConsole, I am able to access the java.lang.Runtime 
MXBean. When I double-click the value of the attribute 
"SystemProperties", which is TabularDataSupport, I can click my way 
through all system properties (including derby.authentication.provider).

It should be possible to limit this exposure with a security 
manager/policy, but I didn't experiment with that. The Javadoc says

SecurityException - if a security manager exists and its 
checkPropertiesAccess method doesn't allow access to the system properties."


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