Check if http basic authentication is enabled

I need to verify if http basic authentication is enabled on a particular jira instance. If I run createmeta calls against the REST api I get 401 unauthorized errors, which leads me to believe that http basic is disabled since these same curl calls work against another jira instanse I have access to and I can log in using a browser.

What's the easiest way to confirm in the jira configuration that http basic authentication has been disabled?

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Joe Clark Atlassian Team Apr 23, 2013

Run curl -v http://jira-urll?os_authType=basic to see the request and response headers when accessing JIRA.

If you see this response header:

WWW-Authenticate: Basic realm="protected-area"

Then you know HTTP Basic authentication is enabled.

As far as I know, there is no way to turn off HTTP Basic authentication in JIRA. You would only be able to achieve this by installing a custom Seraph authenticator in Confluence (eg. to enable single sign-on in your JIRA instance, for example).

Thank you! This is perfect. I believe this case is one of the Seraph authenticator having been installed, this gives me a much better understanding of what's going on.

Joe Clark Atlassian Team Apr 30, 2013

Oops! Sorry, I've just realised there is a mistake in my answer. You need to run curl -v http://jira-url?os_authType=basic

The parameter on the end is important in order to make Seraph challenge you for basic authentication. Sorry for the confusion and sorry I didn't pick up on this earlier! Hope I didn't waste too much of your time.

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