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Bitbucket Cloud and Visual Studio: "Operation is forbidden" again

I'm getting the "Operation is forbidden" error when trying to login to Bitbucket from Visual Studio.

I'm using Visual Studio 2017, and the Bitbucket Extension.

I just started using Visual Studio -- I've been using VS Code, bash, and PowerShell until now. I haven't had any problem logging in on the website, pushing/pulling/fetching from the command line, and accessing repos via REST API. 

I've tried the following login combinations:

* username / regular password

* email address / regular password

* username / perfectly good app password

* username / new app password

My Atlassian account was created in November or December 2020, so it's ahead of the 15 Sep 2021 deadline, but I tried app passwords anyway, just in case that made a difference.

As a workaround, I have cloned a repo from the command line and opened the solution in Visual Studio. That doesn't fix the login problem, though. Got any ideas?

1 answer

Two fixes:

1. The preferred way: switch to VS 2019. Or maybe VS 2022. The Bitbucket capability is built into VS 2019, and you don't need the extension anymore. Everything works fine.

2. The less-preferred way. It works, but ... : Use a "god mode" app password. For the  app password I was unsuccessfully trying to use, I had it set to R/W repos, and nothing more. So I created a new app password, with all permissions enabled -- set to do everything to everything -- like logging in as root. It worked.

I cannot find documentation on which permissions are required for the VS 2017 / BB Cloud interaction, but "god mode" works, and so I'll stick with it until we migrate to a newer edition of VS.


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