[16] RFR JDK-8246383: NullPointerException in JceSecurity.getVerificationResult when using Entrust provider

Valerie Peng valerie.peng at oracle.com
Thu Aug 20 20:28:28 UTC 2020

Updated to use the "JCAUtil.getSecureRandom()" call:



On 8/19/2020 11:20 AM, Valerie Peng wrote:

> Hi Xuelei,
> Please find comments in line.
> On 8/18/2020 10:13 PM, Xuelei Fan wrote:
>> On 8/18/2020 2:43 PM, Valerie Peng wrote:
>>> Using a shared instance is surely faster. However, the API specified 
>>> that the most preferred SecureRandom impl will be used. To ensure 
>>> this for all scenarios, creating default SecureRandom obj will 
>>> provide correct result but shared instance may not.
>> I understand your point.  It might not break the spec if a shared 
>> instance is used.  It depends on the understanding of "most preferred 
>> SecureRandom impl" in the context.
> My reading of the spec is more strict I guess. I went back and force 
> from 2 approaches, one is to use the slow "new SecureRandom()", the 
> other is to still use a shared instance (located elsewhele instead of 
> the sensitive JceSecurity class which is used when verifying JCE 
> providers). The former is slow but correct at all times, the later can 
> be correct as long as there are no provider changes after the first call.
>>> Apps can call other init functions which takes SecureRandom objects 
>>> to avoid this default SecureRandom obj creation if needed.
>> Yes, it's an alternative solution.  If an application used the 
>> default SecureRandom, it would be nice if there is no performance 
>> regression.
>> The SecureRandom initialization may be not cheap in some 
>> circumstances. As this bug did not complain about the use of shared 
>> instance, it may be fine if we want to avoid the performance impact 
>> if the impact exists.
> Yes, I ran a test to profile the numbers. It's a painful decision to 
> go with "new SecureRandom()"...
> I can change to my other approach of using JCAUtil.getSecureRandom() 
> depending on Sean's feedback.
> Thanks,
> Valerie
>> Just for your consideration.
>> Xuelei
>>> Valerie
>>> On 8/18/2020 2:10 PM, Xuelei Fan wrote:
>>>> Is there any performance impact?
>>>> Xuelei
>>>> On 8/18/2020 12:51 PM, Valerie Peng wrote:
>>>>> Anyone has cycles to review this somewhat trivial changes? 
>>>>> JceSecurity has this shared SecureRandom instance which may lead 
>>>>> to NPE when certain 3rd party JCE provider is set as most 
>>>>> preferred. Removing this shared instance and change to create 
>>>>> default SecureRandom obj when needed.
>>>>> Bug: https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8246383
>>>>> Webrev: http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~valeriep/8246383/webrev.00/
>>>>> Thanks,
>>>>> Valerie

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