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Report Browser does not respond instead of Error Handling



The browser is unresponsive when the Pega Report Browser fails to execute a report. This occurs when an Association class' Attribute-based access control (ABAC) policy prevents the access to one of the classes in the Association.

Error Messages

Exception printed in logs, cannot be null.  page: Tmp7B5F617FC4911FCA3D4D.  Details: Invalid value for aMsgDescr passed to

Steps to Reproduce

  1. Create two classes (for example, class A and class B).
  2. Create an Association rule X in class A that joins class B.
  3. Provide an operator ABAC access to class A but not to class B.
  4. Create a report in the Report Browser for class A.
  5. On the Data Explorer (left pane) click the All Matches tab.
  6. Click the '+More' icon. The Association X displays in the property tree in the Report Browser for class A.
  7. Drag a property from the Association rule to the columns section in the Report Browser.

Root Cause

A defect in Pegasystems’ code or rules.

When the Access Control Policy condition has the 'Any Of' or 'All Of' relationship, and the policy conditions start with a 'Is Null' or 'Is not Null' relationship, the SecurityPolicyUtils.getPolicyMetadataList API displays incorrect metadata about 'AnyOf' or 'AllOf' relationships. 
As a result, NullPointerException (NPE) occurs during a save, execution of the report definition, or drag and drop of the properties in the Report Browser.


Perform the following local-change:
  1. Change the order of the Policy conditions.
  2. Set all the Policy conditions with 'Is Null' or 'Is Not Null' relationship.
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Published March 18, 2020 - Updated December 2, 2021

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