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  1. Pivot
  2. PIVOT-965

Java 8 BXML scripting security issues in Apache Pivot RIAs



    • Type: Bug
    • Status: Open
    • Priority: Major
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Affects Version/s: 2.0.4
    • Fix Version/s: 2.1
    • Component/s: core-serialization
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    • Environment:
      Windows, Sun JRE 64-bit 1.8.0_31b13


      We encounter security issues in our pivot application after upgrading to JRE 1.8. The application is deployed as RIA using Java Web Start.

      I found out, that the problem is connected with nashorn script engine which replaced rhino script engine from previous java version. BXMLSerializer is using ScriptEngine to evaluate scripts in BXML files. It seems, that all calls initiated from BXML scripts, are considered untrusted in JRE 1.8 RIA Environment - this means security dialogs and exceptions are thrown, when trying execute privileged actions (network communication, reflection ...).

      Currently, I am not sure, if this is Pivot or Nashorn bug, but it is problem for current Apache Pivot RIAs. To investigate the srcipting behaviour in RIAs, I created testing non Pivot project https://github.com/kaja78/jnlpScripting The project contains testing application, which is deployed as JWS. When you execute the java web start app in JRE 1.8, the security dialog is displayed when testing method is executed from nashorn script engine (if you press cancel button on security dialog, you get SecurityException). When you uncomment 2 lines in Webcontent/jnlpScripting.jnlp file, rhino script engine is used instead of nashorn and no security dialog is displayed. This fix works also for our Pivot RIAs.

      I believe, Pivot should work in JRE 1.8 RIA Environment without security issues by default, so it should be fixed somehow in Pivot - may be, by correct ScriptEngine configuration in BXMLSerializer or by including Rhino libraries in Pivot distribution. Any idea how to "correctly" fix this issue?

      Btw.: I found this bug: http://bugs.java.com/view_bug.do?bug_id=8045075 I am not sure, if it is the same problem. But anyway, it should be fixed in
      1.8.25.b01 and we are encountering above issues in latest


        1. jnlpScripting.war
          2.98 MB
          Karel Hübl
        2. 965.diffs
          9 kB
          Roger Lee Whitcomb
        3. BXMLSerializer.patch
          1 kB
          Karel Hübl

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                rwhitcomb Roger Lee Whitcomb
                kaja78 Karel Hübl
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