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Can applets create threads?

 
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This is a question from a mock exam:
A malicious applet has been developed to slow a machine down by calculating square roots of huge numbers (thus using plenty of CPU) and by creating a new thread every few seconds. Will this applet work or should the Java security manager stop it? (assuming a strict java security policy)

Surprise surprise the correct answer is the applet will work!
Whereas I knew the security.policy file cannot limit the CPU resources the applet uses, I would have thought that it can limit thread creation. I am pretty sure the security.policy can avoid an applet creating processes, but not that sure about threads.
Any suggestions?
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Yes, the applets can create a threads !
 
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This is thought to be an annoyance as opposed to a serious security problem. If you closed your applet viewer the problem goes away. On the otherhand the ability to run animations, downloads, calculations and keep a UI going at the same time is a nice feature.
 
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