[FIXED] Spring boot 2.6.0 Error creating bean with name 'webSecurityConfig'

Issue

I am unable to update my spring boot app to 2.6.0 from 2.5.7. It throws the following error.

2021-12-07T08:40:22,311 ERROR [restartedMain] o.s.b.SpringApplication.reportFailure:819|| Application run failed org.springframework.beans.factory.BeanCurrentlyInCreationException: Error creating bean with name 'webSecurityConfig': 
The requested bean is currently in creation: Is there an unresolvable circular reference?
    at org.springframework.beans.factory.support.DefaultSingletonBeanRegistry.beforeSingletonCreation(DefaultSingletonBeanRegistry.java:355)
    at org.springframework.beans.factory.support.DefaultSingletonBeanRegistry.getSingleton(DefaultSingletonBeanRegistry.java:227)

From the spring-boot 2.6.0 release notes, it is clear that circular references are disabled. And it can be enabled back with the property spring.main.allow-circular-references = true. But I would like to fix the circular reference in the first place. Can anyone help me troubleshoot this issue? Please find the WebSecurityConfig class below,

@Configuration
@EnableWebSecurity
@SuppressWarnings({"PMD.SignatureDeclareThrowsException"})
public class WebSecurityConfig extends WebSecurityConfigurerAdapter {
    private final UserDetailsService userDetailsService;

    public WebSecurityConfig(final UserDetailsService userDetailsService) {
        this.userDetailsService = userDetailsService;
    }

    @Bean
    public BCryptPasswordEncoder bcryptPasswordEncoder() {
        return new BCryptPasswordEncoder();
    }

    @Override
    protected void configure(final HttpSecurity http) throws Exception {
        http
                .authorizeRequests()
                    .antMatchers("/resources/**", "/registration", "/css/**", "/js/**", "/h2-console/*").permitAll()
                    .anyRequest().authenticated().and()
                .formLogin()
                    .loginPage("/login").permitAll().and()
                .headers()
                    .frameOptions().sameOrigin().and()
                .logout()
                    .permitAll().and()
                .requiresChannel()
                    .requestMatchers(r -> r.getHeader("X-Forwarded-Proto") != null)
                    .requiresSecure();
    }

    @Autowired
    public void configureGlobal(final AuthenticationManagerBuilder auth) throws Exception {
        auth.userDetailsService(userDetailsService).passwordEncoder(bcryptPasswordEncoder());
    }
}

My code is open-sourced and can be found at https://github.com/surajcm/Poseidon, I will try to troubleshoot on my own and will share the updates if I am able to resolve this issue

Solution

The problem is the password encoder. It is required to build the auto-configured UserDetailsService that you inject in the contructor of the class.

You can break the cycle by making the bean factory method static:

@Bean
public static BCryptPasswordEncoder bcryptPasswordEncoder() {
    return new BCryptPasswordEncoder();
}

You can also move the factory method to different configuration class. But in my opinion, your WebSecurityConfig is the canonical place for the method.

Answered By – Henning

Answer Checked By – Senaida (Easybugfix Volunteer)

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