JS hide auth details


When sending auth request e.g retreiving customfield id thats not on the page, i require to perform an ajax request to jira rest api with providing the auth credentials. These credentials can be seen on the client side when viewing page source code.

Is there a method to hise the auth credentials or any ideas?

Many thanks in advance for the help,

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Micky CARITTE Community Champion Dec 15, 2017


Instead of sending auth credentials you might want to reuse client's JSESSIONID (cookie) which won't expose people credentials :)

Hope this helps!

Thanks Micky!

I'm sorry, I'm quite new to using sessions (cookies). 


Is there an example somewhere i can go off with using cookies to get custom field values? 


I really appreciate your help. 




Micky CARITTE Community Champion Dec 18, 2017

After a second thought, you should not need authentication if your script is executed in an authenticated context. User and password from current session will be saved.

If you need to authenticate the AJAX with another user's credentials, you can use Basic Auth with AJAX as explained here: https://zinoui.com/blog/ajax-basic-authentication

That's a good way to "hide" credentials. I guess it's far better than generating a cookie and reusing it as you'll need to pass the credentials to generate a cookie anyway :)

Please note that Basic Auth is reversible and I can't imagine any "truely secure" way of authentication through ajax with no credentials displayed.

Hope this helps!

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