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From "Sascha Szott (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (TIKA-267) encrypted files aren't handled properly
Date Mon, 10 Aug 2009 23:28:14 GMT
encrypted files aren't handled properly

                 Key: TIKA-267
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/TIKA-267
             Project: Tika
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: parser
    Affects Versions: 0.4
         Environment: Ubuntu Linux 8.10, JRE 1.5
            Reporter: Sascha Szott
            Priority: Critical

While I was working on extracting full texts out of a bunch of pdf documents, I realized an
odd behaviour of Tika when processing encrypted documents (those documents that restrict the
execution of specific actions, e.g. editing or printing). To extract content from an encrypted
pdf document you do not have to decrypt the document in every case. For instance, when creating
an (encrypted) pdf document the author can decide to allow content extraction without the
need of providing a password. Unfortunately, Tika's pdf parser isn't aware of this at the
moment. Therefore, I suggest a minor change inside the parse method in class org.apache.tika.parser.pdf.PDFParser
by introducing an additional check ("is copying allowed") before trying to decrypt the document.

To be more precise, I'll provide a code snippet:

public void parse(...) throws ... {
  PDDocument pdfDocument = PDDocument.load(stream);
  try {
    //decrypt document only if copying is not allowed
    if (!pdfDocument.getCurrentAccessPermission().canExtractContent()) {
      if (pdfDocument.isEncrypted()) {
        try {
        } catch (Exception e) {
          // Ignore

Another solution to this problem would be to eliminate the "isEncrypted" check since PDFBox
seems to handle the extraction of content out of encrypted documents correctly (and throws
an IOException in case of failure).

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