Can Jira's LDAP directory work together with an upstream Kerberos Authentication filter Edited


Can we combine a custom Kerberos/Spnego-based authentication filter with the Atlassian-provided LDAP Directory?  i.e. will the LDAP directory filter 'pick up' the UserPrincipal in the request or an http header?

ldap directory:


Our jira instance already currently uses a custom spnego-based authentication mechanism prior to 'home grown' user provisioning code (which uses ldap and Jira api's ). We would like to replace this 'home grown' user provisioning code with Atlassians' "out of the box"  LDAP directory functionality.


If we enable the LDAP directory, does the "LDAP directory filter" check the HttpServletRequest.getPrincipal() (or some http header) for the user.



Here's our usecase:

1) User Bob Brown (username "bbrown") logs on to the LAN

2) Bob points his browser to our internal jira instance

3) Authentication filter confirms via kerberos/spnego that "bbrown" has already authenticated on the network and puts  "Bob" in the request user principal  and/or  "bbrown" in some http header

4) Tomcat filter processor chains to the LDAP filter

5) LDAP filter recognizes that user "bbrown" has been authenticated and *SKIPS* challenge (i.e. doesn't prompt for creds)

6) LDAP filter looks up Bob's user info from LDAP

7) LDAP filter updates Jira's database with Bob Brown's user information (i.e. update in case his name change or inserts if it doesn't yet exist).



The key point lies in #5: can the ldap filter recognize that "bbrown" has authenticated, yet still retrieve user info from ldap? 


thanks in advance




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HI @Will Milspec 

When you add a JIRA user directory and point that to Active Directory your users are able to log in using their AD-credentials. (Username and password)

Atlassian does not offer Kerberos/SPNEGO, but there are a couple of add-ons that offer that functionality:

I work for Kantega Single Sign-on.

Our add-on will use the incoming token and find the user based on whatever you have configured as the username (typically sAMAccountName, userPrincipalName or mail) and log in that user with no passwords asked. 

Let me know if you have any questions.

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