JDK-6439864 : Desktop.browse does not work in a webstarted/plugin app, were as the equivalent webstart API works
  • Type: Bug
  • Component: client-libs
  • Sub-Component: java.awt
  • Affected Version: 6
  • Priority: P2
  • Status: Resolved
  • Resolution: Fixed
  • OS: windows_xp
  • CPU: x86
  • Submitted: 2006-06-16
  • Updated: 2017-05-16
  • Resolved: 2006-08-31
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WebStart has allowed one to open a browser pointed at a URL since day one. This is accomplished via the showDocument method of BasicService (see http://java.sun.com/products/javawebstart/docs/javadoc/javax/jnlp/BasicService.html#showDocument(java.net.URL) ). 

Why have we made AWT's API more restrictive?

I've exchanged emails with the security folks and no one had a good answer here. Although Stanley pointed out you shouldn't allow developers to open up local files in the browser if running in the sandbox.

EVALUATION See comments.