Observe Application Freedom
A security manager is not automatically installed when an application is running. In the next step, you'll see how to apply the same security policy to an application found on the local file system as to downloaded sandbox applets. But first, let's demonstrate that a security manager is by default not installed for an application, and thus the application has full access to resources.
Create a file named
GetProps.java on your computer by either copying or downloading the GetProps.java source code.
The examples in this lesson assume that you put
GetProps.java in the
C:\Test directory if you're using a Windows system or in the
~/test directory on UNIX.
As you can see if you examine the source file, this program tries to get (read) the property values, whose names are
"user.home" , and
Now compile and run
GetProps.java . You should see output like the following:
C:\TEST>java GetProps About to get os.name property value The name of your operating system is: Windows XP About to get java.version property value The version of the JVM you are running is: 1.6.0 About to get user.home property value Your user home directory is: C:\WINDOWS About to get java.home property value Your JRE installation directory is: C:\JDK7.0.0\JRE
This shows that the application was allowed to access all the property values, as shown in the following figure.