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  2. JDK-8081349 Clarify that method handle resolution is protected-aware


    • Type: Bug
    • Status: Closed
    • Priority: P4
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • Affects Version/s: 8
    • Fix Version/s: 9
    • Component/s: specification
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      Method handle resolution as specified in JVMS and java.lang.invoke's javadoc does not duplicate the verification-time checks for protected members in invokespecial, invokevirtual, getfield, and putfield. However, Hotspot does duplicate the checks, as follows:

      - For REF_newInvokeSpecial: If C.<init> is protected then C must be declared in the same run-time package as the current class. (This mirrors JLS

      Example (full code is attached - ProtectedCheckNewInvokeSpecial.jasm):
              // unrelated class in the same package
              // public <init> - no error
              ldc MethodHandle REF_newInvokeSpecial:C."<init>":"()V";
              // protected <init> - no error
              ldc MethodHandle REF_newInvokeSpecial:C."<init>":"(I)V";

              // unrelated class in another package
              // public <init> - no error
              ldc MethodHandle REF_newInvokeSpecial:pkg/C."<init>":"()V";
              // protected <init> - IllegalAccessError (from access control check done by method resolution)
              ldc MethodHandle REF_newInvokeSpecial:pkg/C."<init>":"(I)V";

              // superclass in another package
              // public <init> - no error
              ldc MethodHandle REF_newInvokeSpecial:pkg/Super."<init>":"()V";
              // protected <init> - IllegalAccessError (from MH resolution check akin to the verifier protected check)
              ldc MethodHandle REF_newInvokeSpecial:pkg/Super."<init>":"(I)V";

      - For REF_invokeVirtual, REF_getField, REF_putField: If C.x is protected and C is in a different run-time package than the current class, then the receiver must be assignable to the current class. Consequently, MH's type descriptor is (CurrentClass,A*)T for REF_invokeVirtual, (CurrentClass)T for REF_getField, and (CurrentClass,T)V for REF_putField.

      Example (full code is attached - ProtectedCheckMH.jasm):
              // C.i is protected
              // this code prints
              // (Lpkg/Current;I)V
              // REF_getField and REF_invokeVirtual behavior is similar
              getstatic Field java/lang/System.out:"Ljava/io/PrintStream;";
              ldc MethodHandle REF_putField:anotherpkg/C."i":"I";
              invokevirtual Method java/lang/invoke/MethodHandle.type:"()Ljava/lang/invoke/MethodType;";
              invokevirtual Method java/lang/invoke/MethodType.toMethodDescriptorString:"()Ljava/lang/String;";
              invokevirtual Method java/io/PrintStream.println:"(Ljava/lang/String;)V";

              // C.<init> is protected
              // this code throws IllegalAccessError
              ldc MethodHandle REF_newInvokeSpecial:anotherpkg/C."<init>":"()V";


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                abuckley Alex Buckley
                slukyanov Stanislav Lukyanov (Inactive)
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