Re: Applet "codebase" to IP address resolution

=?ISO-8859-1?Q?Arne_Vajh=F8j?= <>
Sun, 03 Aug 2008 22:09:21 -0400
Richard Maher wrote:

Can someone please tell me the strategy(ies) used by Java (the Security
Manager or whatever) to determine if a given IP address conforms to the
definition of the codebase from which an applet was retrieved?

For example, if an Applet was loaded from, and
"mycluster" was a cluster alias that was using DNS load-balancing (or
round-robin or a.n.other distribution technique) to distribute client
connections among available nodes in the cluster, could such an unsigned
applet connect a socket to *any* of the available nodes or interface

Is the DNS translation done only once when the Object/Applet tag is
encountered and, from then on, all "codebase" checks must match that same IP

Is it just an ASCII string check, so that one relative -vs- one absolute URL
specification could point to the same address yet fail the check?

But then, when it comes to UDP messages arriving at an Applet's socket, when
only the IP address is available, what criteria is used to say "Hey, did
this message come from my codebase?

Is the equivalent a C gethostent() call performed, and *all* alias addresses
and names are checked to say "It's in there somewhere"? (This would be nice

says whatever name or number that was used to get the applet.

But that doc is from Java 1.1, so I would suggest a little test to check
if it has been changed since 1997 !


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