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How can I grant a permission from a Java Applet

Posted on 2003-03-24
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Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I am building a project consisting in two applets
1- a TCP/IP server
2- a TCP/IP client

I want the applet 1 to listen on a port on TCP/IP, and the applet 2 to connect to the applet 1.
The project works when the two applets are run on local machine, or when they are applications (and not applets), but when I publish the applets, I get the following permission error :

java.security.AccessControlException:access denied (java.net.SocketPermissions xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:yyyy accept, resolve)

where xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx is the ip address
  and yyyy is the port

I want to know how to ask the user for the permission to comunicate over network ( from the applet ).
The applet must work on a Linux/Windows workstation, in Iexplore/Netscape.

Thanx ...
Question by:danymag
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Expert Comment

ID: 8194404
 You will need to sign them in order to do it. Take a look here:


Author Comment

ID: 8194429
Why do I need to sign them ...
In the same applet I use a print method, and it DOES manage to  ask the user for permission. Here goes the print method :

public void prin() {
     PrinterJob printJob = PrinterJob.getPrinterJob();
         try {
         catch (Exception ex) {

public int print(Graphics g, PageFormat pf, int pi) throws PrinterException {
           if (pi >= 1) {
               return Printable.NO_SUCH_PAGE;    }

Graphics2D g2=(Graphics2D) g;
g2.translate(pf.getImageableX(), pf.getImageableY());
return Printable.PAGE_EXISTS;

When launchd in application mode, it prints automaticly, but when launched as an applet it asks the user for permission (without having signed anything)

I want the same thing for the network communication ...
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Accepted Solution

girionis earned 225 total points
ID: 8194478
 You are trying to open a peer-to-peer connection, from one applet to the other, this is not allowed by default, since applets can only open connections to the server where the applets' class files reside.

  The second solution you can go for is to change the java.policy file but this will require manually changing it on every client machine.

  As for the printing stuff I guess the default permissions in your java.policy file allow the applet to print on a local printer.


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