Java.lang.SecurityManager.checkConnect() Method



The java.lang.SecurityManager.checkConnect(String host, int port) method throws a SecurityException if the calling thread is not allowed to open a socket connection to the specified host and port number. A port number of -1 indicates that the calling method is attempting to determine the IP address of the specified host name.

This method calls checkPermission with the SocketPermission(host+":"+port,"connect") permission if the port is not equal to -1. If the port is equal to -1, then it calls checkPermission with the SocketPermission(host,"resolve") permission. If you override this method, then you should make a call to super.checkConnect at the point the overridden method would normally throw an exception.


Following is the declaration for java.lang.SecurityManager.checkConnect() method

public void checkConnect(String host, int port)


  • host -- the host name port to connect to.

  • port -- the protocol port to connect to.

Return Value

This method does not return a value.


  • SecurityException -- if the calling thread does not have permission to open a socket connection to the specified host and port.

  • NullPointerException -- if the host argument is null.


Our examples require that the permissions for each command is blocked. A new policy file was set that allows only the creating and setting of our Security Manager. The file is in C:/java.policy and contains the following text:

grant {
  permission java.lang.RuntimePermission "setSecurityManager";
  permission java.lang.RuntimePermission "createSecurityManager";
  permission java.lang.RuntimePermission "usePolicy";

The following example shows the usage of lang.SecurityManager.checkConnect() method.

package com.tutorialspoint;

public class SecurityManagerDemo {

   public static void main(String[] args) {

   // set the policy file as the system securuty policy
   System.setProperty("", "file:/C:/java.policy");

   // create a security manager
   SecurityManager sm = new SecurityManager();

   // set the system security manager

   // perform the check
   sm.checkConnect("", 8080);

   // print a message if we passed the check

Let us compile and run the above program, this will produce the following result:

Exception in thread "main" access denied ( connect,resolve)