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From "Andrew Zhang" <zhanghuang...@gmail.com>
Subject [classlib][logging] A non bug difference from RI?
Date Wed, 30 Aug 2006 05:18:13 GMT
Hi folks,

When SecurityManager is enabled and all file permissions are disabled, RI
fails to new a FileHandler while Harmony allows.
Following test code shows the differences:

    public void test_FileHandler() throws Exception {
        FileHandler handler = new FileHandler();
        SecurityManager originalSecurityManager = System.getSecurityManager
        try {
            System.setSecurityManager(new MockFileSecurityManager());
            handler.publish(new LogRecord(Level.SEVERE, "msg"));

// SecurityException is thrown here
        } finally {

    public static class MockFileSecurityManager extends SecurityManager {
        public void checkPermission(Permission perm) {
            if (perm instanceof FilePermission) {
                System.out.println("check " + perm.getName());
                throw new SecurityException();
FileHandler.close() spec says "Throws: SecurityException - if a security
manager exists and if the caller does not have
LoggingPermission("control").", In the code above, control permission is
allowed. The failure stack trace against RI looks like:

 at com.andrew.LoggingTest$MockFileSecurityManager.checkPermission(
 at java.lang.SecurityManager.checkRead(SecurityManager.java:871)
 at java.io.File.exists(File.java:700)
 at java.io.Win32FileSystem.canonicalize(Win32FileSystem.java:401)
 at java.io.File.getCanonicalPath(File.java:531)
 at java.io.FilePermission$1.run(FilePermission.java:218)
 at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method)
 at java.io.FilePermission.init(FilePermission.java:212)
 at java.io.FilePermission.<init>(FilePermission.java:264)
 at java.lang.SecurityManager.checkDelete(SecurityManager.java:990)
 at java.io.File.delete(File.java:869)
 at java.util.logging.FileHandler.close(FileHandler.java:594)
 at com.andrew.LoggingTest.test_FileHandler(LoggingTest.java:121)

The output is "check C:\Documents and Settings\myaccount\java0.log.lck"

It seems RI tries to delete <log file>.lck file, but has no permission.
".lck" file is never mentioned in spec, and should be implementation detail.

Current Harmony code never tries to lock a temp empty .lck file, so the test
passes against Harmony.

If we revise the MockSecurityManager a little, to allow .lck file

    public void checkPermission(Permission perm) {
            if (perm instanceof FilePermission) {
                if (perm.getName().indexOf(".lck") == -1) {
                    System.out.println("check " + perm.getName());
                    throw new SecurityException();

The test will pass both against RI and Harmony.

So I'd suggest to leave it as "non-bug difference from RI".

Any comments? Thank you!

Andrew Zhang
China Software Development Lab, IBM

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