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From "Yang Paulex" <paulex.y...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [jira] Created: (HARMONY-2940) [classlib][security]Class.forName("org.bouncycastle.jce.provider.BouncyCastleProvider"); fails while org.bouncycastle.jce.provider.BouncyCastleProvider is added as a security provider
Date Thu, 04 Jan 2007 10:16:39 GMT
This issue is interesting, because if you tried to load any classes in the
security provider jars by Class.forName(), it fails. But if you invoke the
Security.getProviders() at first, the issue disappears.

After deeper look inside, I found the key is the time at which
o.a.h.security.fortress.Services is loaded, Services will try to load all
security provider classes, if you invoke the Class.forName("some class in
bouncycastle") at first, the stacktrace will look like:

)->JarVerifier->Services->JarFile(bouncycastle.jar again!)->JarVerifier...

Please note that for good reasons, the JarFile instance for bc.jar are
cached by URLClassLoader, so it is reused when Services tries to load
security provider from bc.jar, but unfortunetely when Services returned, the
internal status of that JarFile instance has been changed, so that NPE is

One workaround is to add "Security.getProviders()" to j.u.jar.JarVerifier's
static init block, so that it is guarenteed that the security providers will
be loaded before any classes in certified jars are explicitly used. But I'm
not sure it is the right thing to do. any security gurus to comment?

2007/1/4, Leo Li (JIRA) <jira@apache.org>:
> [classlib][security]Class.forName("
> org.bouncycastle.jce.provider.BouncyCastleProvider"); fails while
> org.bouncycastle.jce.provider.BouncyCastleProvider is added as a security
> provider
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                  Key: HARMONY-2940
>                  URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HARMONY-2940
>              Project: Harmony
>           Issue Type: Bug
>           Components: Classlib
>             Reporter: Leo Li
>             Priority: Critical
> Here is a testcase:
> public void test()
> {
>     Class cls = Class.forName("
> org.bouncycastle.jce.provider.BouncyCastleProvider");
> }
> Harmony fails.
> After digging into it, I found that it is related with bcprov.jar has a
> certificate signed by the signature provided by itself.  I  tried to remove
> it signature and move it into the boot directory and it works.
> So I recommend to put an unsigned bcprov.jar into the boot directory.
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Paulex Yang
China Software Development Labotary

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