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From "Colin Patrick McCabe (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HDFS-4970) MiniDFSCluster#createPermissionsDiagnosisString should handle security exceptions in FileUtil#canRead and canWrite
Date Tue, 09 Jul 2013 19:11:52 GMT

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Colin Patrick McCabe commented on HDFS-4970:
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bq. I'd be grateful if you moved it for me, otherwise I'll probably close it and create a
new hdfs issue.

I moved this to HDFS and updated the description to reflect the discussion.
                
> MiniDFSCluster#createPermissionsDiagnosisString should handle security exceptions in
FileUtil#canRead and canWrite
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HDFS-4970
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-4970
>             Project: Hadoop HDFS
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Mark Miller
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments: HADOOP-9699.patch
>
>
> Currently, if a security manager denies access on these calls, a SecurityException is
thrown rather than returning false.
> This causes ugly behavior in MiniDFSCluster#createPermissionsDiagnosisString for example.
If you are running with a security manager, that method can hide root exceptions on you because
when it tries to create the permissions string, canRead and canWrite can throw security exceptions
- the original exception is lost, and the problem may not be permissions related at all (it
wasn't in the case that I ran into this).
> Rather than hardening createPermissionsDiagnosisString, it seems like these methods should
just treat SecurityExceptions as lack of access.

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