Using multiple authenticators

Is it possible to configure JIRA to use a custom Seraph authenticator for user logins and use the default authenticator for soap logins?

The external application needs a username and password to login but the custom Seraph is using SSO. Is it possible to configure so that soap logins still use the default login? All users are internal to JIRA.

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If your authenticator extends DefaultAuthenticator as in the example at you have a access to the HttpServletRequest object and thus you can check if the requested Url is something like /rpc/soap/...

If you do this check at the very beginning of your getUser() method and then just call super.getUser() this should do what you want.

it's common in SSO authenticators to fall back to the standard authenticator if the request does not come from a browser, e.g. if the user agent header is something like 'Axis 1.4'.

to make soap calls work with your SSO solution you also must make sure that your reverse proxy lets the /rp/soap Url pass without doing anything like redirecting to a login form.

I would say not by default.

What custom SSO solution are you using? Your own or AppFusions?

If AppFusions, we can extend your deployment to address this case possibly - contact at

I'm using my own custom authenticator.

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