8144979: Context.fromClass should catch exception from Class.getClassLoader call

Attila Szegedi szegedia at gmail.com
Wed Dec 9 12:11:26 UTC 2015

Thanks for the response; basically we don't have an understanding about the cause of the exception in the modular world then. I wonder if we could bother Jigsaw folks with this. They do seem to be quite busy on the mailing lists these days :-)

+1 on the change - it's not harmful by any means and makes the code more robust. As you said, dereferencing the class loader is just an optimization.


> On Dec 9, 2015, at 10:50 AM, Sundararajan Athijegannathan <sundararajan.athijegannathan at oracle.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> Inline comments below...
> On 12/9/2015 2:08 PM, Attila Szegedi wrote:
>> So… I presume the security exception only thrown when a SecurityManager is
>> present?
> Yes. But note that we run all the tests under a security manager (except for tests under "test/script/nosecurity" directory)
>> This is actually somewhat weird, especially since VM anonymous
>> classes should return their host class' loader as their loader.
>> getClassLoader() doc says
>> If a security manager is present, and the caller's class loader is not null
> Well, for unknown reason,  this fails in jake/nashorn - but not on jdk9-dev/nashorn. I'm trying to come up with a standalone test to reproduce it - but not
> successful so far.
>>> and the caller's class loader is not the same as or an ancestor of the
>>> class loader for the class whose class loader is requested, then this
>>> method calls the security manager's checkPermission method with a
>>> RuntimePermission("getClassLoader") permission
>> I'd think that for Context.class.classLoader it is true that it is either
>> null or the ancestor of the script's class loader, is that not so?
> Nashorn's loader is extension loader. And it is ancestor of script loader. because script loader uses thread context loader as parent - and thread context loader's parent is extension loader in this case.
>> I'm just
>> trying to understand *why* can this SecurityException arise at all.
> As I said, tests are run under security manager and tests do fail in jake/nashorn without this change. As for the root cause, I/we need to understand by coming up with an independent test case (yet).
> This workaround fix is for two reasons:
> 1) Will make future jdk9-> jake merge would be clean (for this file/method)
> 2) When jake merges to jdk9 in future, we don't want failure in this part of code to disrupt nashorn test run. Because this is just an optimization (to get Context from loader instance). We should be able
> to get current Context from thread-local in any case. i.e., should not fail/disrupt test run for this reason.
> Thanks,
> -Sundar
>> Attila.
>> On Wed, Dec 9, 2015 at 9:20 AM, Michael Haupt <michael.haupt at oracle.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Hi Sundar,
>>> lower-case thumbs up.
>>> One remark: I'm a bit concerned about the plethora of files involved with
>>> the dynalink samples. For each particular sample, there's a Java file, a
>>> sample JS file, and a linker JS file, where the linker compiles the Java
>>> file and assembles a JAR. The linkers all look pretty much the same. In my
>>> opinion, providing one script that takes care of compilation and JARring
>>> and is loaded from all actual samples would keep the samples more lean.
>>> Best,
>>> Michael
>>>> Am 09.12.2015 um 08:56 schrieb Sundararajan Athijegannathan <
>>> sundararajan.athijegannathan at oracle.com>:
>>>> Please review http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~sundar/8144979/ for
>>> https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8144979
>>>> This fix is already in jake/nashorn. See also:
>>> https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8144568
>>>> In addition, I've moved all dynalink samples to
>>> $nashorn/samples/dynalink directory and renamed the README.
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> -Sundar
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