Review Request: JDK-8206240: java.lang.Class.newInstance() is causing caller to leak

Alan Bateman Alan.Bateman at
Wed Oct 3 13:02:16 UTC 2018

On 02/10/2018 20:33, Mandy Chung wrote:
> Class::newInstance maintains its separate cache of the caller
> class after access check.  This leak has been there for a long
> time and unnoticed.
> This patch changes Class::newInstance to use the code path
> for Constructor::newInstance doing the access check and
> caching the caller class.  It will also get the illegal
> access check in effect when Class::newInstance is called
> consistent with Constructor::newInstance.
> Webrev at:
> Alan raises a question whether the cache is still needed
> given that we have improved the performance of slow
> path of access check with Class::getPackageName.  It's a
> good investigation to follow up.
The changes look okay. One niggle is Cache.callerClassCache as nothing 
to do with Cache, maybe the method should be removed and the one usage 
changed to create the weak ref.

On the benefit of the cache then I think it would be good to get some 
data on the benefit. Prior to the JDK 9 then I think most of the cost 
was checking the package but that has mostly disappeared with the 
changes in 9.


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