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An applet runs in a sandbox, disallowing it from doing things such as reading the local filesystem, connecting to other hosts besides the host it was downloaded from etc. However, when the applet is signed, it possible to grant additional rights to the applet using the policy descriptor. are these permissions granted ? - are they included in the signed applet ? or does the user have to specify them manually. So supose I have a clean computer with an OS and a JDK and I do not have the knowledge to create/alter my policy files (I do not even know what they are) can I run a signed applet that connects to for example ?

2. can you allow the same thing to a non-signed applet by manuallly altering the policy file on your local system ?
[ September 17, 2005: Message edited by: Koen Serneels ]
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