Request for review (S): 6865265 JVM crashes with "missing exception handler" error

Volker Simonis volker.simonis at
Wed Sep 28 02:22:31 PDT 2011

The following request for review somehow got lost in the summer holidays.

I would need one additional reviewer and somebody who would be so kind
to actually submit the change once it was reviewed.

Thank you and best regards,

On Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 7:20 PM, Volker Simonis
<volker.simonis at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I've made "original_exception" a Handle as suggested by Keith. Here's
> the new webrev:
> Regarding Keith' comments about the verification process: he's right,
> 'VerificationType::is_reference_assignable_from()' loads both
> references with the same class loader (the initiating one in this
> case). Initially I though that verifying if an Exception class in the
> class file's exception table is "java.lang.Throwable" only by name may
> be not enough, because a custom system class loader could load a bogus
> Throwable class which is different from the one loaded by the boot
> class loader. But I've just verified that such a scenario is
> prohibited by 'ClassLoader.defineClass()' which is final and rejects
> the loading of classes from the 'java.' package.
> Regards,
> Volker
> On Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 8:19 PM, Vladimir Kozlov
> <vladimir.kozlov at> wrote:
>> Resending to all.
>> Keith McGuigan wrote:
>>> I think the code looks ok, but why not use a Handle for the
>>> "original_exception" in runtime.cpp -- then you don't need to worry about
>>> the GC case either.
>>> As to the question about the verifier comparing by name, this is correct
>>> (in that this is what the verifier spec requires, IIRC), but intuitively it
>>> makes sense anyway because the class's current class loader is the
>>> initiating loader for any referenced class that might need to be loaded.
>>>  Thus two different references to classes with the same name will always
>>> resolve to the same class implementation so a system dictionary lookup is
>>> unnecessary.  The verifier actively attempts to NOT load or initialize
>>> classes when it can, but in some cases it must, unfortunately.
>>> --
>>> - Keith
>>> On Jul 25, 2011, at 1:14 PM, Vladimir Kozlov wrote:
>>>> Forwarding to RT since runtime code is also involved.
>>>> Vladimir
>>>> -------- Original Message --------
>>>> Subject: Request for review (S): 6865265 JVM crashes with "missing
>>>> exception handler" error
>>>> Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2011 18:58:58 +0200
>>>> From: Volker Simonis <volker.simonis at>
>>>> To: hotspot compiler <hotspot-compiler-dev at>
>>>> Although I've found a tiny test case for 6865265 and a small fix for
>>>> the problem, I'm still not sure if my fix is complete.
>>>> I would appreciate it very much if somebody could review my (somewhat
>>>> lengthy) explanation for the fix and answer the two questions I
>>>> encountered.
>>>> Both, the explanation of the fix and the questions are in the webrev at:
>>>> Regards,
>>>> Volker

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