Security and the class loader architecture

A look at the role played by class loaders in the JVM's overall security model

This month's article continues the discussion of Java's security model begun in last month's "Under the Hood," which provided a general overview of the security mechanisms built into the Java virtual machine (JVM). I also looked closely at one aspect of those security mechanisms: the JVM's built-in safety features. This month's article takes a look at yet another aspect of the JVM's built-in security mechanisms: the class loader architecture.

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