Session Data Crossover Issue! Please Help !!!

25 May 2007 04:56:57 -0700
I am experiencing a session data crossover issue (immediately after
logging on to the application, user A views the session data of user
B). I have investigated the issue up to a particular point - by also
adding some pertinent logging to the application - and it appears
that, while the session is correctly populated with the user data and
the servlet/POJO level, *after forwarding to the JSP, the JSP grabs a
wrong session....* ?? :-o

Please note that this is an application that run for four (4) years
now in production, and the problem starting occurring without any
change is the session management code of the app... Could it be a
caching issue? It happen non-deterministically to *some* users...

The relevant code snippets are as follows:


public class ControllerServlet extends HttpServlet {
    public void doPost(HttpServletRequest request,
            throws javax.servlet.ServletException,
        performTask(request, response);
    public void performTask(HttpServletRequest request,
            HttpServletResponse response) throws ServletException {
        // Make sure we are logged in, if not forward to login page
        HttpSession session = request.getSession(false);

        if (commandName.equals(loginCommand)) {

         resultPage = getCommand(commandName).execute(request,

         //Forward to the result page
         RequestDispatcher rd =


*** POJO used by servlet***

public class LoginCommand extends DefaultLogger implements Command {

    public String execute(HttpServletRequest request,
            HttpServletResponse response, HttpSession session) {

       // Get the parameters from the request
        String id = request.getParameter(PARM_USER).toUpperCase();
        String pass = request.getParameter(PARM_PASS).toUpperCase();


            // Login if we get a valid ID
            logInfo("Authenticating user " + id);
            LogonUser logonUserProcess = new LogonUser();
            UserData userData = (UserData) logonUserProcess

            //The user is authenticated
            // Create a new session if needed
            if (session == null) {
                logInfo("Creating HTTP session");
                session = request.getSession();

            // Save the user information in the session
            session.setAttribute(CommandConstants.ATTR_USER, new
            // *** at this point the user data are correct,
            // i.e. if it is user A that is attempting to log
            // then user A data are saved, _always_ ***

           return CommandConstants.PAGE_WELCOME;




*** JSP ***


<jsp:useBean id="user" type="ZZZ.webapp.view.UserView"


<jsp:getProperty name="user" property="userId"/>
//*** SOS SOS The problem lies here; *sometimes* (not always) the
id of a different user is shown, even the the user data of the
user were just put into the session *** Could it be a problem in the
JSP, or some page caching issue ??? ***


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