For the detail description of this bug, please refer to http://bugs.sun.com/bugdatabase/view_bug.do?bug_id=4705373
I made a test on Bug 4705373 on my laptop, the test environment is:
RAM: 1.25GB
OS: Windows XP SP1
JAVA: Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 1.4.2_08-b03, mixed mode)
The size of test2.zip: 1.32GB
Test program:
public class LargeZipFile {
public static void main(String[] args) {
try {
System.out.println("totoal memory: " + Runtime.getRuntime().totalMemory());
System.out.println("free memory: " + Runtime.getRuntime().freeMemory());
System.out.println(args[0] + ", size is " + new java.io.File(args[0]).length() + " bytes");
new java.util.zip.ZipFile(args[0]);
System.out.println("success");
} catch (Throwable t) {
t.printStackTrace();
}
}
}

Test Result:
E:\Tools>java -Xms1250m -Xmx1250m LargeZipFile test2.zip
totoal memory: 1300692992
free memory: 1300560136
test2.zip, size is 1425952261 bytes
success

I didnot get the OutOfMemoryError.

Questions:
1. Is this bug only related with Linux system (Or certain kernel version)?
2. How to reproduce this bug on Windows environment?
3. Can anybody give a more detailed explaination of the cause of the bug?

Thanks a lot!