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WebStart 'Access is denied' or NullPointerException, due to 'user.dir' System Property having wrong value (Doc ID 2142651.1)

Last updated on AUGUST 07, 2016

Applies to:

Java SE JDK and JRE - Version 6 to 8
Microsoft Windows (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)


After upgrading to a recent Java update (see affected versions in Changes section below), the value of the 'user.dir' System Property, which should be the user's current working directory, is incorrectly changed to the Java home directory ($JAVA_HOME).


This incorrect setting can manifest in Java WebStart applications with the following known errors:




The affected versions:

Java SE 8

Java SE Embedded 8

Java SE 7

Java SE 6



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