java webstart creates infinite open windows, desktop DoS

Bug #891707 reported by Peter Petrakis on 2011-11-17
This bug affects 7 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
firefox (Ubuntu)
Chris Coulson

Bug Description

To recreate the issue, open this sample JNLP file:

A series of new windows will open, blank, one after the other,
with no end in sight.

It's so bad I had to switch to a tty and killall -9 firefox.

The behavior is the same if you were to download the jnlp instead
and use "gnome-open basicserv.jnlp".

However, if I were to use 'javaws basicserv.jnlp', the service
spawns just fine. If I change firefox to call javaws directly, it
also works just fine. This leads me to believe that there's a bug
in the mime handling for JNLP.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: firefox 7.0.1+build1+nobinonly-0ubuntu2
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-12.20-generic 3.0.4
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-12-generic x86_64
AddonCompatCheckDisabled: False
AlsaVersion: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Driver Version 1.0.24.
ApportVersion: 1.23-0ubuntu4
Architecture: amd64
 **** List of CAPTURE Hardware Devices ****
 card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 0: CONEXANT Analog [CONEXANT Analog]
   Subdevices: 1/1
   Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
 /dev/snd/controlC0: ppetraki 1795 F.... pulseaudio
BuildID: 20111008085652
CRDA: Error: [Errno 2] No such file or directory
 Card hw:0 'Intel'/'HDA Intel at 0xf2620000 irq 45'
   Mixer name : 'Intel IbexPeak HDMI'
   Components : 'HDA:14f15069,17aa218b,00100301 HDA:80862804,17aa21b5,00100000'
   Controls : 13
   Simple ctrls : 7
 Card hw:29 'ThinkPadEC'/'ThinkPad Console Audio Control at EC reg 0x30, fw 6MHT35WW-1.10'
   Mixer name : 'ThinkPad EC 6MHT35WW-1.10'
   Components : ''
   Controls : 1
   Simple ctrls : 1
 Simple mixer control 'Console',0
   Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined penum
   Playback channels: Mono
   Mono: Playback [on]
Channel: release
Date: Thu Nov 17 11:51:11 2011
ForcedLayersAccel: False
 auto lo
 iface lo inet loopback
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" - Release amd64 (20111012)
 PATH=(custom, user)
Profiles: Profile0 (Default) - LastVersion=7.0.1/20111008085652
RunningIncompatibleAddons: False
SourcePackage: firefox
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install) 04/21/2010
dmi.bios.vendor: LENOVO
dmi.bios.version: 6MET55WW (1.18 ) 4313CTO
dmi.board.vendor: LENOVO
dmi.board.version: Not Available
dmi.chassis.asset.tag: No Asset Information
dmi.chassis.type: 10
dmi.chassis.vendor: LENOVO
dmi.chassis.version: Not Available
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnLENOVO:bvr6MET55WW(1.18):bd04/21/2010:svnLENOVO:pn4313CTO:pvrThinkPadT510:rvnLENOVO:rn4313CTO:rvrNotAvailable:cvnLENOVO:ct10:cvrNotAvailable: 4313CTO
dmi.product.version: ThinkPad T510
dmi.sys.vendor: LENOVO

Peter Petrakis (peter-petrakis) wrote :
Changed in firefox (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
description: updated
Peter Petrakis (peter-petrakis) wrote :

To ensure it wasn't some desktop setting I did a "unity --reset" and
also performed the same tests from metacity with the same

Michael Terry (mterry) wrote :

I get this too on precise with FF 9. I think Peter had at one point said "Open this filetype with Firefox automatically from now on" at one point, because I just get the standard "how do you want to open this downloaded file?" dialog, which defaults to Firefox.

If I open the downloaded jnlp file, it opens a new tab and I just get the same dialog again. So I can confirm the infinite loop nature of this.

description: updated
Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

I'm able to reproduce this , Chris could you please have a look ? thanks.

Changed in firefox (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Chris Coulson (chrisccoulson)
importance: Undecided → High
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Alexander List (alexlist) wrote :


I can confirm the problem:

I have a Supermicro X9SCM-F mainboard which uses Java Webstart for the IP KVM.

When I try to open the remote console, I get an endless loop of new tabs opening the .jnlp file from /tmp

Experiencing same problem on Ubuntu 11.10 running Firefox 10.0.2 with sun java6 plugin installed
Connecting to a supermicro kvm
Tabs keep opening firefox

Can fix by downloading jnlp file
Right click on file and change properties such that it is opened with Sun Java Webstart rather than a Browser (not sure whether I set that at some stage or whether it was set automatically)

cengopon (pognonec) wrote :

Still same problem her (Ubuntu 15.04 Firefox 40.0).

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