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PK67698: NULL POINTER EXCEPTION IN THE WEBCONTAINER CODE.

Fixes are available

7.0.0.3: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 3 for IBM i
7.0.0.3: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 3 for AIX
7.0.0.3: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 3 for HP-UX
7.0.0.1: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 1 for AIX
7.0.0.3: Java SDK 1.6 SR4 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.1: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 1 for Windows
7.0.0.3: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 3 for Solaris
7.0.0.1: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 1 for HP-UX
7.0.0.1: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 1 for Linux
7.0.0.3: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 3 for Linux
7.0.0.1: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 1 for Solaris
Java SDK 1.5 SR8 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.5: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 5 for AIX
7.0.0.3: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 3 for Windows
7.0.0.5: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 5 for IBM i
7.0.0.5: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 5 for Windows
7.0.0.5: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 5 for HP-UX
7.0.0.5: Java SDK 1.6 SR5 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.5: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 5 for Solaris
7.0.0.5: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 5 for Linux
Java SDK 1.5 SR10 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.7: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 7 for IBM i
7.0.0.7: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 7 for AIX
7.0.0.7: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 7 for Windows
7.0.0.7: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 7 for HP-UX
7.0.0.7: Java SDK 1.6 SR6 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.7: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 7 for Solaris
7.0.0.7: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 7 for Linux
7.0.0.9: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 9 for IBM i
7.0.0.9: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 9 for Windows
7.0.0.9: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 9 for AIX
7.0.0.9: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 9 for HP-UX
7.0.0.9: Java SDK 1.6 SR7 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.9: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 9 for Solaris
7.0.0.9: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 9 for Linux
6.1.0.31: Java SDK 1.5 SR11 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.11: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 11 for IBM i
7.0.0.11: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 11 for Windows
7.0.0.11: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 11 for HP-UX
7.0.0.11: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 11 for AIX
7.0.0.11: Java SDK 1.6 SR7 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.11: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 11 for Solaris
7.0.0.11: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 11 for Linux
6.1.0.33: Java SDK 1.5 SR12 FP1 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere
6.1.0.29: Java SDK 1.5 SR11 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.13: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 13 for AIX
7.0.0.13: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 13 for HP-UX
7.0.0.13: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 13 for IBM i
7.0.0.13: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 13 for Linux
7.0.0.13: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 13 for Solaris
7.0.0.13: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 13 for Windows
7.0.0.13: Java SDK 1.6 SR8FP1 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
6.1.0.35: Java SDK 1.5 SR12 FP2 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere
7.0.0.15: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 15 for AIX
7.0.0.15: Java SDK 1.6 SR9 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.15: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 15 for HP-UX
7.0.0.15: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 15 for IBM i
7.0.0.15: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 15 for Linux
7.0.0.15: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 15 for Solaris
7.0.0.15: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 15 for Windows
6.1.0.37: Java SDK 1.5 SR12 FP3 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere
7.0.0.17: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 17
7.0.0.17: Java SDK 1.6 SR9 FP1 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
6.1.0.39: Java SDK 1.5 SR12 FP4 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.19: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 19
6.1.0.41: Java SDK 1.5 SR12 FP5 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.21: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 21
7.0.0.1: Java SDK 1.6 SR3 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
6.1.0.43: Java SDK 1.5 SR13 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.23: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 23
7.0.0.25: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 25
6.1.0.45: Java SDK 1.5 SR14 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.27: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 27
7.0.0.29: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 29
6.1.0.47: WebSphere Application Server V6.1 Fix Pack 47
6.1.0.47: Java SDK 1.5 SR16 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.31: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 31
7.0.0.27: Java SDK 1.6 SR13 FP2 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.33: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 33
7.0.0.35: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 35
7.0.0.19: Java SDK 1.6 SR9 FP2 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.21: Java SDK 1.6 SR9 FP2 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere
7.0.0.23: Java SDK 1.6 SR10 FP1 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere
7.0.0.25: Java SDK 1.6 SR11 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.27: Java SDK 1.6 SR12 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.29: Java SDK 1.6 SR13 FP2 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.45: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP60 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.31: Java SDK 1.6 SR15 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.35: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP1 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.37: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP3 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.39: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP7 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.41: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP20 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.43: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP41 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server

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APAR status

  • Closed as program error.

Error description

  • WebContainer code changes needs to be done to handle the
    NullPointer Exception.
    Exception stack.
    **********************************
    SRVE0232E: Internal Server Error. <br> Exception Message:
    [java.lang.NullPointerException
     at
    com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.webapp.WebApp.isFiltersDefined(WebApp.ja
    va(Compi
    led Code))
     at
    com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.webapp.WebApp.invokeFilters(WebApp.java:
    3224)
     at
    com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.webapp.WebApp.handleRequest(WebApp.java:
    3192)
     at
    com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.webapp.WebGroup.handleRequest(WebGroup.j
    ava:253)
     at
    com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.VirtualHost.handleRequest(VirtualHost.ja
    va:229)
     at
    com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.WebContainer.handleRequest(WebContainer.
    java(Com
    piled Code))
    ***********************************************
    

Local fix

  • N/A
    

Problem summary

  • ****************************************************************
    * USERS AFFECTED:  IBM WebSphere Application Server version    *
    *                  6.0.2 and 6.1 users.                        *
    ****************************************************************
    * PROBLEM DESCRIPTION: An inbound request results in an        *
    *                      unexpected 500 error caused by a        *
    *                      NullPointerException.                   *
    ****************************************************************
    * RECOMMENDATION:                                              *
    ****************************************************************
    The WebContainer makes an application available for requests
    before fully initializing it. As a result, if a request is
    received for an application during startup of the
    application a small timing window exists in which the request
    will receive an unexpected 500 error as a result of a null
    pointer exception:
    
    SRVE0232E: Internal Server Error. <br> Exception Message:
    [java.lang.NullPointerException
    at com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.webapp.WebApp.isFiltersDefined
    (WebApp.java(Compiled Code))
    at com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.webapp.WebApp.invokeFilters
    (WebApp.java:3224)
    at com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.webapp.WebApp.handleRequest
    (WebApp.java:3192)
    

Problem conclusion

  • The WebContainer has been updated to not make an application
    available for requests until it is fully initialized. As a
    result, a request received during initialization of the
    application will always receive a 404 error.
    
    The fix for this APAR is currently targeted for inclusion in
    fixpacks 6.0.2.33 and 6.1.0.21. Please refer to the
    Recommended Updates page for delivery information:
    http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=180&uid=swg27004980
    

Temporary fix

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APAR Information

  • APAR number

    PK67698

  • Reported component name

    WEBSPH APP SERV

  • Reported component ID

    5724J0800

  • Reported release

    60A

  • Status

    CLOSED PER

  • PE

    NoPE

  • HIPER

    NoHIPER

  • Special Attention

    NoSpecatt

  • Submitted date

    2008-06-17

  • Closed date

    2008-08-29

  • Last modified date

    2008-09-30

  • APAR is sysrouted FROM one or more of the following:

  • APAR is sysrouted TO one or more of the following:

    PK72498

Fix information

  • Fixed component name

    WEBSPH APP SERV

  • Fixed component ID

    5724J0800

Applicable component levels

  • R60A PSY

       UP

  • R60H PSY

       UP

  • R60I PSY

       UP

  • R60P PSY

       UP

  • R60S PSY

       UP

  • R60W PSY

       UP

  • R60Z PSY

       UP

  • R61A PSY

       UP

  • R61H PSY

       UP

  • R61I PSY

       UP

  • R61P PSY

       UP

  • R61S PSY

       UP

  • R61W PSY

       UP

  • R61Z PSY

       UP

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Document Information

Modified date:
23 October 2021