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Don't use Exception for normal behavior in org.springframework.core.annotation.AnnotationUtils.getValue [SPR-12604] #17205

spring-issuemaster opened this issue Jan 8, 2015 · 1 comment


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commented Jan 8, 2015

Sebastian Dietrich opened SPR-12604 and commented

If annotation is null this method throws a NullPointerException and catches it to return null. This method is called frequently with annotation==null - at least in my case (using spring-data to findById)

Please rewrite it to:
public static Object getValue(Annotation annotation, String attributeName) {
if (annotation == null) return null;
try {
Method method = annotation.annotationType().getDeclaredMethod(attributeName);
return method.invoke(annotation);
catch (Exception ex) {
return null;

here is the end of the corresponding stack:
AnnotationUtils.getValue(Annotation, String) line: 642
AnnotationUtils.getValue(Annotation) line: 630
JpaQueryMethod.getLockModeType() line: 164
PartTreeJpaQuery(AbstractJpaQuery).applyLockMode(Query, JpaQueryMethod) line: 155
PartTreeJpaQuery(AbstractJpaQuery).createQuery(Object[]) line: 164
JpaQueryExecution$SingleEntityExecution.doExecute(AbstractJpaQuery, Object[]) line: 202
JpaQueryExecution$SingleEntityExecution(JpaQueryExecution).execute(AbstractJpaQuery, Object[]) line: 74

Affects: 4.0.8

Referenced from: commits a7975c6, 0ddf8dd


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commented Jan 9, 2015

Juergen Hoeller commented

Hmm, that method isn't really meant to be called with a null annotation reference to begin with... I'd recommend a not-null check in the corresponding Spring Data code.

That said, it doesn't hurt to defensively check for null in AnnotationUtils itself either. I'll revise it for 4.1.5.


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