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Can webstart Help ?

raja srinivas
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Joined: Jun 22, 2001
Posts: 20
Hi,
I need to develop a Socket based Client programme to talk to our EJB based system. This Client application basically needs to authenticate a user based on Machine info (MAC address). Would webstart be a feasable solution ? Basically what i need to know is whether Java WebStart be able access such system information as Mac Address ?
Any help would be appreciated .
Thanks,
Raja
Michael Szul
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Joined: Sep 18, 2001
Posts: 57
I believe the security of Web Start is similar to Applets. There are restrictions to system access, but all these can be dismissed if you sign your jar files. The user will usually get a message saying, "This program is asking for permission to access your system", or something like that. I don't remember the exact words.
Basically, any Java program can get system resources. Web Start is just a deployment solution; a way to distribute your application. It's your application that has to do the accessing.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
 
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