[very much RFC][icedtea-web] fix for [Bug 564] NetX depends on sun.misc.BASE64Encoder

Omair Majid omajid at redhat.com
Fri Oct 7 10:01:33 PDT 2011

On 10/07/2011 12:09 PM, Jiri Vanek wrote:
> Only drawback of copypasting this explicit code is that we lost possible
> updates from third party (where is it much more used then in icedtea-web)

Actually, I am against copying code into icedtea-web. Not only do we 
lose the benefit from updates, if any security issues are discovered in 
the code (not that sun.misc.BASE64Encoder is likely to have many), we 
will have to update the code in icedtea-web as well. To be safe, that 
would mean that we look every security update for openjdk and double 
check that the code we copied into icedtea-web is not affected by the fix.

I think 
gives many more reasons why copying code ("bundling") into icedtea-web 
may be a bad idea.

Still, if others think it is fine to copy a small (and rather safe) 
piece of code into icedtea-web, then please don't let me stop you.


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