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From "Alexey Varlamov" <alexey.v.varla...@gmail.com>
Subject [kernel][reflect] Should we copy bug of RI JVM ?
Date Mon, 28 Aug 2006 09:41:18 GMT
There is a test[1] in classlib, which verifies that reflection access
from enclosing class to a private member of a nested class results in
However, this is against the language specification (para 6.6.1 of the JLS3):
"if the member or constructor is declared private, then access is
permitted if and only if it occurs within the body of the top level class (ยง7.6)
that encloses the declaration of the member or constructor."

Moreover, the following test reveals inconsistency between standard
access control and reflective one:
class NestedAccessTest {
static class A {
	private static int x = 123;
public static void main(String... s) throws Throwable{
>java -showversion NestedAccessTest
java version "1.5.0_06"
Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition (build 1.5.0_06-b05)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 1.5.0_06-b05, mixed mode)
Exception in thread "main" java.lang.IllegalAccessException: Class
NestedAccessTest can not access a member of class NestedAccessTest$A
with modifiers "private static"
	at sun.reflect.Reflection.ensureMemberAccess(Reflection.java:65)
	at java.lang.reflect.Field.doSecurityCheck(Field.java:954)
	at java.lang.reflect.Field.getFieldAccessor(Field.java:895)
	at java.lang.reflect.Field.get(Field.java:357)
	at NestedAccessTest.main(NestedAccessTest.java:7)

I found out, this is an acknowledged bug of RI [2], and is ranked TOP#6.
The good news, however, that DRLVM is free of this defect. OTOH, it
surely cannot pass the aforementioned test of the classlib.

So the question: should we fix the test and will IBM VME address this
issue? What is appropriate JIRA category for it?

[1]<testcase classname="tests.api.java.lang.reflect.FieldTest"
[2] http://bugs.sun.com/bugdatabase/view_bug.do?bug_id=4071957

Alexey Varlamov

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