# Monday, January 12, 2015
IKVM.NET 8.0 Release Candidate 1

The second release candidate is available. It can be downloaded here or from NuGet.

What's New (relative to rc 0):

  • Fixed build error when using Java 8u25 or newer.
  • Bug fix. Unsafe.compareAndSwapObject should resolve field before passing it to MakeTypedReference.
  • Implemented OperatingSystemMXBean.getFreePhysicalMemorySize and OperatingSystemMXBean.getTotalPhysicalMemorySize.

Binaries available here: ikvmbin-8.0.5449.1.zip

Sources: ikvmsrc-8.0.5449.1.zip, openjdk-8-b132-stripped.zip

Monday, January 12, 2015 3:11:00 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [5]
# Tuesday, December 2, 2014
IKVM.NET 8.0 Release Candidate 0

The first release candidate is available. It can be downloaded here or from NuGet.

What's New (relative to IKVM.NET 7.4):

  • Merged OpenJDK 8 b132.
  • Support for Java 8 features.
  • Improvements to sun.misc.Unsafe compatibility.
  • Various bug fixes.

Changes since previous development snapshot:

  • Assemblies are strong named.

Binaries available here: ikvmbin-8.0.5449.0.zip

Sources: ikvmsrc-8.0.5449.0.zip, openjdk-8-b132-stripped.zip

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 2:52:48 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [2]
# Monday, December 1, 2014
Running Minecraft on IKVM.NET

With the fixes I did in the snapshot released on October 29, it is now possible to run Minecraft on IKVM.NET (on Windows). To be clear, I'm talking about the Minecraft client, not the server that has been running on IKVM.NET for a long time.

The Minecraft client uses native code for the 3D graphics and sound, so it doesn't run into IKVM limitations there.

To get it to run download the most recent IKVM.NET snapshot (currently available here) and unzip it. Download minecraft.jar and run it like this:

ikvm -jar minecraft.jar

It takes a while to start up, so be patient.

If you get an exception when trying to log in, you may have to visit https://authserver.mojang.com/ in Internet Explorer to add the root certificate to the Windows certificate store (just visiting the site causes IE to download it from Microsoft). After that you have to restart Minecraft.

Monday, December 1, 2014 2:42:28 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Wednesday, November 19, 2014
New Development Snapshot

Getting closer to a release.


  • Optimized ForkJoinPool unsafe usage.
  • Optimized java.lang.[Integer|Long].[compare|divide|remainder]Unsigned().
  • Bug fix. Default interface methods should not conflict with their own base interfaces.
  • Bug fix. Miranda method in base class should not interfere with default interface methods.
  • Bug fix. Conflicting default interface methods should throw IncompatibleClassChangeError instead of AbstractMethodError.
  • Bug fix. LockSupport.parkUntil() didn't convert milliseconds to nanoseconds.
  • Implemented TwoStacksPlainDatagramSocketImpl.socketLocalAddress() and TwoStacksPlainDatagramSocketImpl.isAdapterIpv6Enabled().
  • Made sun.misc.Unsafe interlocked operations truly atomic (except for unaligned array access and int/long array access on different array types).
  • Made sun.misc.Unsafe array access more compatible with JDK. It is now possible to get/set primitive values from arrays of a different (primitive) type.
  • Fixed font file clean up issue on Windows 8.
  • Bug fix. NetGraphicsDevice.getDefaultConfiguration() should take the screen into account. Thanks to Maria Papendieck for this fix.
  • Bug fix. NetComponentPeer.getLocationOnScreen() should take insets into account. Thanks to Maria Papendieck for this fix.

Binaries available here: ikvmbin-8.0.5436.zip

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 2:56:25 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Wednesday, October 29, 2014
New Development Snapshot

I've been busy with other things, but there have been enough fixes to warrant a new snapshot.


  • Bug fix. When reading a .class resource from an assembly (to attempt to dynamically define it), read all the bytes.
  • Bug fix. Reading/writing java.nio.file attributes of non-existing file should throw NoSuchFileException.
  • Bug fix. Fixed bitmap synchronization in java.awt.image.BufferedImage and com.sun.imageio.plugins.jpeg.JPEGImageWriter.
  • Ignore -Xmn and -XX: Oracle Java specific command line options in ikvm.exe.
  • Enabled pack200 unpacking algorithm.
  • IKVM.Reflection: Bug fix. If custom attribute named argument parsing fails due to missing type, ConstructorArguments should still work.

Binaries available here: ikvmbin-8.0.5415.zip

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 1:24:17 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [2]
# Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Java Method Overriding Is FUBAR Part 10 of ∞

Yesterday's JDK 7u65 and 8u11 updates changed method overriding yet again and, of course, it is still broken.

Take this example:

package pkg1;

public class A {
  { foo(); }
  void foo() { System.out.println("A.foo"); }

package pkg2;

public class B extends pkg1.A {
  { foo(); }
  void foo() { System.out.println("B.foo"); }

package pkg1;

public class C extends pkg2.B {
  { foo(); }
  void foo() { System.out.println("C.foo"); }

package pkg2;

public class D extends pkg1.C {
  { foo(); }
  void foo() { System.out.println("D.foo"); }

public class test {
  public static void main(String[] args) {
    new pkg2.D();

Running this with JDK 8u5 yields:


Which is, of course, wrong. In yesterday's updates they tried to fix this, but only partially succeeded:


The sensible output would be:


Wednesday, July 16, 2014 1:27:41 PM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [2]
Java Security Fixes

In Februari I reported two Java vulnerabilities to Oracle. Yesterday they released the update that fixed them, so here are the descriptions of the two issues.


Internally, the JDK uses the LambdaForm.Compiled annotation to mark methods that should be skipped in a security stack walk. In JDK 7 it was possible to apply this annotation to untrusted code. Here's an example:

import java.lang.annotation.*;

@interface java_lang_invoke_LambdaForm$Compiled { }

class test {
  public static void main(String[] args) throws Throwable {

If you compile and run this with JDK 1.7.0_60 with a security manager, you get the appropriate AccessControlException. However, if you edit test.class to replace java_lang_invoke_LambdaForm with java/lang/invoke/LambdaForm and run it again, you see that the main method is now skipped in the security check and hence is allowed to access a privileged class.

The fix can be seen here.


This example demonstrates that the JDK 1.7.0_60 LambdaForm method handle implementation has a type safety bug when dealing with method signatures with the maximum number of parameters.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:53:16 AM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [2]
# Sunday, July 13, 2014
Blog Update

I updated my ancient version of dasBlog. Please let me know if something isn't working properly.

Sunday, July 13, 2014 10:18:00 AM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Friday, July 11, 2014
New Development Snapshot

Completed LambdaMetafactory intrinsification.


  • Fixed several LambdaMetafactory.metafactory() intrinsic bug.
  • Implemented LambdaMetafactory.altMetafactory() intrinsic.
  • Include full class name of anonymous classes in stack trace.
  • Added method and field reflection support for lambda classes.

Binaries available here: ikvmbin-8.0.5305.zip

Friday, July 11, 2014 10:08:05 AM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Wednesday, July 2, 2014
New Development Snapshot

I fixed a whole bunch of weird edge case behaviors and finally did the first part of the lambda performance work.

Here are some rough performance results (times in milliseconds) for this crude microbenchmark:

iteration IKVM 8.0.5274 IKVM 8.0.5296 JDK 1.8.0_05                     ikvmc ngen
1 1040.2 87.6 71.8   1.3 0.4
2 0.9 0.3 0.3   0.3 0.4
3 0.9 0.3 0.3   0.3 0.4

Only LambdaMetafactory.metafactory() is supported at the moment. LambdaMetafactory.altMetafactory() will follow in a future snapshot.


  • Removed sun.misc.Unsafe usage from java.util.concurrent.atomic.Striped64.
  • Bug fix. Handle malformed UTF-16 (invalid surrogates) in type/member names and annotations.
  • Added ikvm.exe.manifest file to enable Windows 8.1 behavior (including getting the right version number).
  • Bug fix. Invokedynamic bootstrap method can also be a constructor.
  • Bug fix. Improved handling of incorrect invokedynamic bootstrap methods.
  • Bug fix. Non-canonical modified UTF-8 encodings should throw ClassFormatError.
  • Changed ClassFormatError message for invalid UTF-8 to match JDK.
  • Bug fix. Array classes get the system protection domain, not the element type's.
  • Bug fix. Interfaces can't "override" final methods in Object.
  • Bug fix. Only the bootstrap class loader is allowed to define classes in the java package.
  • Bug fix. Since Java 1.7 class names aren't allowed to have [ and ] characters.
  • Updated ldc error behavior to match Java 8.
  • Bug fix. Calling BasicFileAttributes.size() on a directory didn't work. Thanks to Lucius Junevicus for reporting this.
  • Bug fix. If an invokedynamic bootstrap argument conversion fails, the exception should not be wrapped in BootstrapMethodError.
  • Added intrinsic for invokedynamic using LambdaMetafactory.metafactory().

Binaries available here: ikvmbin-8.0.5296.zip

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 1:43:42 PM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]