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From "Yasser Zamani (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Issue Comment Deleted] (WW-4751) Struts2 should know and consider config time class of user's Actions
Date Fri, 19 May 2017 11:06:04 GMT


Yasser Zamani updated WW-4751:
    Comment: was deleted

(was: WW-4105 nicely fixed by this approach i.e. considering config time class of action when
copying properties in actions chain :) you can see a [list of changes here|].

Now I am working on Parameters Interceptor. Considering config time class of action there,
enhances S2 security by preventing proxy information of a proxied action to be changed by

> Struts2 should know and consider config time class of user's Actions
> --------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: WW-4751
>                 URL:
>             Project: Struts 2
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Yasser Zamani
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For:
> I see some issues like WW-4105 , WW-4694 and WW-4498 suffers lack of this information
i.e. config time class of user's action.
> I also know future issues like below are possible or potential to occur when Struts2
give Actions up to an object factory and, himself does not know any more about Action's real
class (i.e. when user set className to a bean name inside his object factory):
> * JSONResult will fail or will generate ugly json when the action is an AOPed proxy.
Because JSONResult tries to generate json from un-relevant information like advices and etc.
> * In a security point of view, someone may successfully change that action proxy or aop
information simply by calling that action submitting some named parameters.
> I know these are solvable by enforcing user to specify includes/excludes parameters but
more better and beauty approach is as below:
> (proxied action) -> ... -> (some subclass of action) -> ... -> (*user config
time specified class*) -> ... -> (some superclass of action) -> ... -> Struts2's
ActionSupport -> ...
> If we suppose the above as type hierarchy of the action, knowing *user config time specified
class*, Struts2 can exclude all sub-classes above this class and all super classes under and
including ActionSupport in all sensitive places to avoid potential future issues.
> What do you think? :)

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