SecurityManager checkPropertyAccess() Method



The java.lang.SecurityManager.checkPropertyAccess(String key) method throws a SecurityException if the calling thread is not allowed to access the system property with the specified key name. This method is used by the getProperty method of class System.

This method calls checkPermission with the PropertyPermission(key, "read") permission. If you override this method, then you should make a call to super.checkPropertyAccess at the point the overridden method would normally throw an exception.


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

public void checkPropertyAccess(String key)


  • key -- a system property key.

Return Value

This method does not return a value.


  • SecurityException -- if the calling thread does not have permission to access the specified system property.

  • NullPointerException -- if the key argument is null.

  • IllegalArgumentException -- if key is empty.


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.checkPropertyAccess() method.

package com.tutorialspoint;

public class SecurityManagerDemo extends SecurityManager {

   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
   SecurityManagerDemo sm = new SecurityManagerDemo();

   // set the system security manager

   // perform the check

   // 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 (java.util.PropertyPermission read)