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From "Adam Jones (Jira)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (SUREFIRE-1851) NPE in SmartStackTraceParser causes false positive test results
Date Mon, 05 Oct 2020 00:40:00 GMT


Adam Jones commented on SUREFIRE-1851:

PR up at

> NPE in SmartStackTraceParser causes false positive test results
> ---------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: SUREFIRE-1851
>                 URL:
>             Project: Maven Surefire
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Junit 4.x support, JUnit 5.x support, Maven Surefire Plugin
>            Reporter: Adam Jones
>            Priority: Major
>         Attachments: junit4.11andsurefire2.22.2.txt, junit5.7.0andsurefire3.0.0M5.txt
> If throwing an exception within a test where the stack trace is null, a core utility
(SmartStackTraceParser in comon-java5) will throw an NPE. This will cause the test suite to
> What is especially scary about this is that it will not log that the test has failed,
and in some configurations will even declare the build is successful and all tests passed.
Additionally, the surefire report plugin will declare all tests passed too.
> An exception with a null stacktrace sounds odd, but is easy to do by mocking an exception
with frameworks like Mockito. While people probably shouldn't be mocking exceptions, it definitely
[can and does happen|].
> Not sure what versions exactly are affected. But it's affected the `common-java5` package
since 2012. At least both JUnit 4 and 5 are affected, with surefire 2.22.1 or 3.0.0-M5. Logs
> Can be reproduced with
> I have a patch ready that I believe fixes this.

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