Question regarding "Entity Expansion in JAXB", "-DentityExpansionLimit" and "8017298: Better XML support"

Alan Bateman Alan.Bateman at
Thu Nov 7 18:05:46 UTC 2013

On 07/11/2013 17:33, Volker Simonis wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a question related to change "8017298: Better XML support"
> which went into the last security update. Because it was considered a
> security fix, there's not much information available (i.e. no webrev,
> no bug description, no discussion on the public mailing lists).
> As far as I can see, the "entityExpansionLimit" for JAXB has been
> there since Java 5 and according to Blaise Doughan blog at
> it should have been enabled by default together with the
> Now we have a customer who claims that after upgrading to 7u45 he gets
> an execption because of too many entity expansions. The customer
> explicitly sets "-DentityExpansionLimit=1".
> For us it seems as if before change "8017298: Better XML support"
> there must have been places in the libraries which ignored the
> "entityExpansionLimit" setting even if this was explicitly specified
> by the user. Can somebody confirm this assumption or is our customer
> facing another problem?
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