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From "Daniel John Debrunner (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (DERBY-3547) Create a utility that generates a security policy file for Derby's tests
Date Fri, 14 Mar 2008 22:04:24 GMT
Create a utility that generates a security policy file for Derby's tests

                 Key: DERBY-3547
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-3547
             Project: Derby
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: Test
            Reporter: Daniel John Debrunner
            Priority: Minor

With the number of current test policy files it is becoming a pain to remember to modify all
of them when needed to add a new permission.
In addition with JMX, SystemPermission (and DatabasePermission) support, testing of fine-grained
permissions will become unmanagable if a new policy file is needed for every combination.

I suggest a java utility that can be used in a test decorator to create a set of permissions
that can then be modified before creating a real policy file and pointing the security manager
to it. I imagine an api like:

TestPolicy() - constructor creates a set of permissions that corresponds to the current derby_tests.policy
(or similar)

The object supports a number of code bases, corresponding to the current jars, e.g.
  derby, derbynet, derbytools,derbyclient,ant,emma, junit,

removeCodebase(String code) - remove all the permissions for a given code base. Allows specific
testing, e.g. with just client tests don't have permissions for any other jars.

removePermission(String code, Permission permission) - remove a single permission from a code
base - allows negative testing, what happens if this permission is not available.

addPermission(String code, Permission permission) - add a permission into the code base

writePolicyFile(PrintStream out)  - write the policy file out

This would also stop the need for derby_tests.policy to have a jar and classes section with
duplicated information, TestPolicy would just create the grant code blocks with the correct
code location.

TestPolicy could obviously be expanded as new needs appear, eg. Principal testing.

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