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From "Patrick (Gus) Heck" <>
Subject Re: Ant Security
Date Wed, 10 Jul 2002 21:13:22 GMT
Is there some way that the jnlp/webstart mechanisms could be leveraged?
They build in security and won't accept unsigned jars. (The user may
accept jars with unverified signatures, but that is the user's problem).
I don't even know if this is possible, and particularly in light of the
need to run ant in headless environments, but I havn't looked at web
start more than copying their demo jnlp file, edit and make it run

Clearly, use of this mechanism would need to be optional as it depends
on the other projects supplying signed jars and jnlp files, but would
allow projects that wanted to sign their ant.jar files to do so easily.

That is if it can be used this way, which it may not. I am only


Peter Donald wrote:
> On Wed, 10 Jul 2002 20:09, Stephane Bailliez wrote:
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Peter Donald []
> > >
> > > Java does not even have any decent notion of libraries let
> > > alone a decent
> > > dependency or system.
> >
> > Exactly, so that's no negligible work...
> > Is there any JSR that actually work on this ?
> Not really. There is some interest from technical people at Sun but little
> interest from management from what I hear. My translation from their salesman
> pitch basically was that it was too costly a venture, difficult to get
> through the JCP and too likely to allow other groups/vendors to get more
> control over JRE environment/implementation. However the guy I was talking to
> was not high up so take that with a grain of salt ;)
> --
> Cheers,
> Peter Donald
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