RFR: 8267108: Alternate Subject.getSubject and doAs APIs that do not depend on Security Manager APIs [v2]

Weijun Wang weijun at openjdk.java.net
Wed Oct 27 14:52:51 UTC 2021


On Sat, 23 Oct 2021 00:40:39 GMT, Weijun Wang <weijun at openjdk.org> wrote:

>> New `Subject` APIs `current()` and `callAs()` are created to be replacements of `getSubject()` and `doAs()` since the latter two methods are now deprecated for removal.
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>> In this implementation, by default, `current()` returns the same value as `getSubject(AccessController.getCurrent())` and `callAs()` is implemented based on `doAs()`. This behavior is subject to change in the future once `SecurityManager` is removed.
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>> User can experiment a possible future mechanism by setting the system property `jdk.security.auth.subject.useTL` to `true`, where the `callAs()` method stores the subject into a `ThreadLocal` object and the `current()` method returns it (Note: this mechanism does not work with principal-based permissions).
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>> Inside JDK, we’ve switched from `getSubject()` to `current()` in JGSS and user can start switching to `callAs()` in their applications. Users can also switch to `current()` but please note that if you used to call `getSubject(acc)` in a `doPrivileged` call you might need to try calling `current()` in a `doPrivilegedWithCombiner` call to see if the `AccessControlContext` inside the call inherits the subject from the outer one.
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> Weijun Wang has updated the pull request incrementally with one additional commit since the last revision:
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>   renames

New commit pushed. The only unresolved is about whether `callAs` can take a null subject.

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PR: https://git.openjdk.java.net/jdk/pull/5024


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