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GSON converter only serialises fields of controller method return type, ignoring subclass fields of response object [SPR-16461] #21006

spring-projects-issues opened this issue Feb 2, 2018 · 1 comment
in: web status: backported type: regression


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Fleur Kelpin opened SPR-16461 and commented

The GSON message converter used to serialise using the class of the object that was being serialised. Now it uses the return type of the controller method.

So when I have

public Animal getAnimal() { return new Cat(...); }

the Cat-specific fields do not get serialised, only Animal fields.


  • When I replace GSON with Jackson on the classpath, Cat fields get serialised again.
  • When I subclass the GsonHttpMessageSerializer and override writeInternal as follows:
protected void writeInternal(Object o, @Nullable Type type, Writer writer) throws Exception
    // replaces the type info with null value
    super.writeInternal(o, null, writer); 

the Cat fields get serialized again.

Probably introduced in #17408, the last version that serialized Cats as Cats was 4.1.9.

To reproduce:
Run the repro project, and GET http://localhost:8080/SPR-16461/animal
Response should be the same as http://localhost:8080/SPR-16461/cat but isn't.

Affects: 4.3.14, 5.0.3

Reference URL: spring-attic/spring-framework-issues#175

Issue Links:

  • #17408 Make @ResponseBody method return type available to message converters
  • #21072 GsonHttpMessageConverter cannot be used in an SseEmitter because it closes the response stream

Referenced from: commits 817a836, fd964ca

Backported to: 4.3.15

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@spring-projects-issues spring-projects-issues commented Feb 5, 2018

Juergen Hoeller commented

It turns out that Gson effectively reduces the rendering type information to the given type token... but only for the single element case, not for the collection case (i.e. a set of base type declaration will still have all concrete element instances rendered with all their fields). This smells like a bug in Gson but we can easily work around it through only passing in parameterized type information (but not regular Class types which don't add any value for our message converter needs). We do that as of 5.0.4 now, also for the JSON Binding API (Jsonb); to be backported to 4.3.15 soon.

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