firefox 3.5.5 icedtea bug java app crash in IcedTeaPluginFactory::HandleMessage

Bug #491181 reported by helpdesk on 2009-12-02
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Iced Tea
Won't Fix
openjdk-6 (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: firefox-3.5

when java app is run, icetea asks for authentication for the app,

icedtea constantly asks for a password even though you type it in correctly, on the 4th try , firefox completely closes attached is gdb

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: amd64
Date: Wed Dec 2 14:06:21 2009
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
InstallationMedia: Kubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" - Release amd64 (20091027.1)
Package: firefox-3.5 3.5.5+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.9.10.1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.31-15.50-generic
SourcePackage: firefox-3.5
Uname: Linux 2.6.31-15-generic x86_64
XsessionErrors: (polkit-gnome-authentication-agent-1:1987): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_once_init_leave: assertion `initialization_value != 0' failed

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When opening TDAmeritrade's Command Center 2.0, a java window opens and then shortly after epiphany crashes. The epiphany developers say it is an IcedTeaPlugin Factory problem.

This is on an F10 system fully up-to-date as of Aug 114 2009.

# uname -a
Linux steve.blackwell #1 SMP Fri Jul 31 04:40:15 EDT 2009 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

# rpm -qa | grep epiphany

# rpm -qa | grep java

# rpm -qa | grep firefox

In epiphany about:plugins says:
IcedTea Java Web Browser Plugin
  File name:
  The IcedTea Java Web Browser Plugin 1.5 (fedora-20.b16.fc10-i386) executes Java applets.

I realize that not everyone has a TDAmeritrade account and so this will be difficult to test so let me know if you need help in that regard.

Here is the crash log from BugBuddy
Distribution: Fedora release 10 (Cambridge)
Gnome Release: 2.24.3 2009-01-16 (Red Hat, Inc)
BugBuddy Version: 2.24.2

System: Linux #1 SMP Fri Jul 31 04:40:15 EDT 2009
X Vendor: The X.Org Foundation
X Vendor Release: 10503000
Selinux: Permissive
Accessibility: Disabled
GTK+ Theme: Nodoka
Icon Theme: Fedora

Memory status: size: 262463488 vsize: 262463488 resident: 126091264 share:
26980352 rss: 126091264 rss_rlim: 18446744073709551615
CPU usage: start_time: 1250176108 rtime: 173854 utime: 138661 stime: 35193
cutime:3 cstime: 18 timeout: 0 it_real_value: 0 frequency: 100

Backtrace was generated from '/usr/bin/epiphany'

[Thread debugging using libthread_db enabled]
[New Thread 0xb7f9da00 (LWP 5323)]
[New Thread 0xb0fffb90 (LWP 12843)]
[New Thread 0xb00c6b90 (LWP 12842)]
[New Thread 0xb26fbb90 (LWP 12840)]
[New Thread 0xb1cfab90 (LWP 12839)]
[New Thread 0xb3afdb90 (LWP 5332)]
[New Thread 0xb44feb90 (LWP 5331)]
[New Thread 0xb4effb90 (LWP 5330)]
[New Thread 0xb649ab90 (LWP 5328)]
[New Thread 0xb7156b90 (LWP 5327)]
0x00446416 in __kernel_vsyscall ()
#0 0x00446416 in __kernel_vsyscall ()
#1 0x0034b777 in __poll (fds=0xaf39f18, nfds=15, timeout=222500)
    at ../sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/poll.c:87
#2 0x07b2b792 in g_main_context_poll () at gmain.c:3091
#3 g_main_context_iterate (context=0x91e9ed0, block=1, dispatch=1,
    self=0x91c2560) at gmain.c:2773
#4 0x07b2be22 in IA__g_main_loop_run (loop=0x9235588) at gmain.c:2986
#5 0x0211e989 in IA__gtk_main () at gtkmain.c:1200
#6 0x08071f80 in main (argc=1, argv=0xbfe8f2f4) at ephy-main.c:738

Thread 10 (Thread 0xb7156b90 (LWP 5327)):
#0 0x00446416 in __kernel_vsyscall ()
No symbol table info available.
#1 0x0034b777 in __poll (fds=0xb7155eb8, nfds=3, timeout=65535000)
    at ../sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/poll.c:87
        resultvar = <value optimized out>
        oldtype = 0
        result = <value optimized out>
#2 0x050efbf4 in _pr_poll_with_poll (pds=0x9552ce0, npds=3, timeout=65535000)
    at ../../../mozilla/nsprpub/pr/src/pth...

helpdesk (helpdesk) wrote :
helpdesk (helpdesk) wrote :
affects: firefox-3.5 (Ubuntu) → icedtea-gcjwebplugin (Ubuntu)
Dave Walker (dogatemycomputer) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. Please answer these questions:

* Is this reproducible?
* If so, what specific steps should we take to recreate this bug?

This will help us to find and resolve the problem.

Changed in icedtea-gcjwebplugin (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Micah Gersten (micahg) wrote :

Moving to openjdk-6 as it's the icedtea6-plugin that's causing this.

affects: icedtea-gcjwebplugin (Ubuntu) → openjdk-6 (Ubuntu)
helpdesk (helpdesk) wrote :


Bug is reproducible \ I.E it happens 100% constantly every time.

I haven't ruled out poor coding within the Java App itself, unfortunately it is on an Management System Server so it may be hard to get a copy of the App.

Is there any further Diagnostics I can provide from my end to help narrow down the bug?

P.S this fault does not occur on Java Standard Browser Extension on Windows.

Dave Walker (dogatemycomputer) wrote :


I am not able to confirm the bug without reproducing it. Of course I am also new to Triaging. Let me contact my mentor and ask for his input. Of course another volunteer may be more experienced and better able to help.

helpdesk (helpdesk) wrote :


That is fine, let me know what I can do to help.

Dave Walker (dogatemycomputer) wrote :


Can you try it again. This time, start firefox from a terminal as follows:


and then attach the resulting logs. They are either:

/tmp/java.stderr and /tmp/java.stdout
~/.icedteaplugin/java.stderr and ~/.icedteaplugin/java.stdout

Please also scan the files before attaching to make sure there is no personal
info in the logs.

My mentor referred me to the Mozilla team's head Triager who said he would start looking upstream for more information. He could not give me a date/time when he would get back to me but I trust him to get us some more information when he can. I have been annoying him with questions about your bug for a couple of days now. :-)

helpdesk (helpdesk) wrote :
helpdesk (helpdesk) wrote :
helpdesk (helpdesk) wrote :

Sorry for the late reply Dave, VPN woes

Attached is the two logs (3rd one was a double post)

Unfortunately they arnt very verbose which leads me to believe that the plugin was not developed with debugging in mind(such as the mindset of java developers!! =p!)

Unless there is a way to extract more information I feel we may not have much to go on.

My suspicion is that its how IcedTeaplugin engine is handling large data (heh) especially with imaging libraries. This is my suspicion due to the nature of the Applet itself and its characteristics when it works

Dave Walker (dogatemycomputer) wrote :


I am still waiting myself. There really is nothing more I can do without reproducing it. I'm sorry!

Hopefully we will hear from the Mozilla team's head Triager soon. He is trying to reproduce it elsewhere. Of course he also has countless other bug requests to contend with also.

helpdesk (helpdesk) wrote :

Hi Dave,

Not a problem I am working on a few other bugs so happy to wait,


This is happening on Ubuntu 9.10 as well with Firefox 3.5.5 and Icedtea Plugin 6b16-1.6.1-3ubuntu1.

There is a new stack trace and debug files here:

Please let us know if you need any more information.

Micah Gersten (micahg) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report. This bug has been reported to the developers of the software. You can track it and make comments at:
I'm going to mark it as Triaged and wait for upstream to work on this. Thanks for taking the time to make Ubuntu better! Please report any other issues you may find.

affects: openjdk → icedtea
Changed in openjdk-6 (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
status: Incomplete → Triaged
summary: - firefox 3.5.5 icedtea bug java app
+ firefox 3.5.5 icedtea bug java app crash
summary: - firefox 3.5.5 icedtea bug java app crash
+ firefox 3.5.5 icedtea bug java app crash in
+ IcedTeaPluginFactory::HandleMessage
Changed in icedtea:
status: Unknown → Confirmed

Why has the severity been downgraded? The browswer still crashes with this bug.

Matthias Klose (doko) wrote :

please could you recheck with 6b18~pre3-0ubuntu1 on a lucid system, and attach the files that you did attach for the previous report?

Changed in openjdk-6 (Ubuntu):
importance: High → Medium
status: Triaged → Incomplete

The old plugin is no longer supported. Please test with the new plugin provided with 1.7 and open a new bug if the issue persists.

Changed in icedtea:
status: Confirmed → Won't Fix
Micah Gersten (micahg) wrote :

Actually, Karmic now has the new plugin as well. Could you please check with the updated OpenJDK and Firefox?

Changed in icedtea:
importance: Unknown → Medium
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