RFR: 8267108: Alternate Subject.getSubject and doAs APIs that do not depend on Security Manager APIs [v3]

Sean Mullan mullan at openjdk.java.net
Thu Oct 28 13:46:20 UTC 2021

On Wed, 27 Oct 2021 14:52:47 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.
>> 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.
>> 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).
>> 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.
> Weijun Wang has updated the pull request incrementally with one additional commit since the last revision:
>   address comments from Sean and Bernd

src/java.base/share/classes/javax/security/auth/Subject.java line 381:

> 379:      * is equivalent to {@code action.call()} and the exception thrown is
> 380:      * modified to match the specification of this method.
> 381:      * If the system property {@code jdk.security.auth.subject.useTL}

I would add a similar sentence before this, like in the `current` method: "This preserves compatibility with code that may still be calling {@code getSubject(AccessControlContext)} which retrieves the subject from an {@code AccessControlContext}."

src/java.base/share/classes/javax/security/auth/Subject.java line 393:

> 391:      *            of {@code action}
> 392:      * @return the value returned by the {@code call} method of {@code action}
> 393:      * @throws NullPointerException if {@code code} is {@code null}


src/java.base/share/classes/javax/security/auth/Subject.java line 539:

> 537:      *       and subject to removal in a future release. Instead, users can
> 538:      *       call {@link #callAs} to perform the same work, which is based on
> 539:      *       this method by default in this implementation.

Same comment as above.


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

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