RFR[11] JDK-8206171: Signature#getParameters for RSASSA-PSS throws ProviderException when not initialized

Sean Mullan sean.mullan at oracle.com
Fri Jul 13 13:56:33 UTC 2018


On 7/12/18 10:23 PM, Weijun Wang wrote:
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>> On Jul 13, 2018, at 10:01 AM, Valerie Peng <valerie.peng at oracle.com> wrote:
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>> Hi Max,
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>> The javadoc is for Signature.getParameters(), so null can be returned for signature algorithms which do not use parameters, e.g. SHA256withDSA. As Signature class covers all signature algorithms, I am not sure about mentioning specific algorithm names as it may be lengthy and even misleading unless we list out all applicable algorithms.
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> Sure.
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>> The part of "default and randomly generated" is inherited from existing javadoc. I think "default" in the aforementioned sentence means "hardcoded values". For example, something like salt length will likely have a fixed default value. Since we have no control over 3rd party providers, I think we may have to keep this for backward compatibility reason. For RSASSA-PSS sig algorithm, it errors out if the required parameter is not given. Thus, I added the sentence "If there are no provider-specific default values, the underlying signature implementation may also fail".
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> OK, now I understand "a combination of default and randomly generated" means some part of the parameter is hardcoded and some is random. Anyway, let's keep it unchanged.
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> Then, how about simply "If there are no provider-specific values" which covers both hardcoded and random values?
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> "the underlying signature implementation may also fail" is still not clear to me. If I had not read the CSR I would thought an exception will be thrown when update/sign is called.
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>> As for @throws, I debated about it. The main reason for not adding one is consistency. Many (or should I say most) security classes do not have @throws for ProviderException. If we were to add @throws ProviderException here, we should do it across the board. Besides, it is recommended to NOT document runtime exceptions which callers are not prepared to handle.
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> I assume other getParameters() had not added it is because it happened they can return one.
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> While people does not catch runtime exceptions but my understanding is that if you mentioned "fail" in the spec maybe it's better to add a @throws for it.
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> For example, @throws SecurityException for File/Files operations.

Thinking more about this, I would be more inclined to recommend that you 
change the meaning of null as the return value to cover both cases:

@return the parameters used with this signature, or null if this 
signature does not use any parameters or does not support default or 
randomly generated parameter values

I don't think it is critical to make a distinction between these 2 
cases, because if the programmer doesn't initialize it with parameters 
it will get a SignatureException anyway when it tries to call sign or 
verify.

It's not perfect, but probably the best you can do working within the 
constraints of that API and minimizing compatibility risk.

--Sean

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> Thanks
> Max
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>> Thanks,
>> Valerie
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>> On 7/10/2018 7:16 PM, Weijun Wang wrote:
>>> Hi Valerie
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>>> About "it *may* return", do you mean it could also return null? My understanding is no.
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>>> Is it better to clarify when the implementation "may also fail"? From the CSR, it's this method. Can you add a @throws spec to this method then?
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>>> Also, I am a little confused by "default and randomly generated". Does this actually mean "default (might be randomly generated)"? The "it may" sentence mentions "default and randomly generated" but the "if there" only says "default", which sounds like the the "randomly generated" case could be different.
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>>> Thanks
>>> Max
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>>>> On Jul 11, 2018, at 5:12 AM, Valerie Peng <valerie.peng at oracle.com> wrote:
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>>>> Hi Brad,
>>>>
>>>> Would you have time to review the fix for JDK-8206171: Signature#getParameters for RSASSA-PSS throws ProviderException when not initialized?
>>>> No source code changes, but just updating javadoc to mention the possible failure case.
>>>> Otherwise, JCK team expects a parameter object or null being returned.
>>>> I filed a CSR to track the javadoc clarification.
>>>>
>>>> Bug: https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8206171
>>>> Webrev: http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~valeriep/8206171/webrev.00/
>>>> CSR: https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8206864
>>>>
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> Valerie
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