Why does JIRA automatically add users to the jira-users group?

We are using read only LDAP connection with local groups for our user management, and only certain users are in the jira-users group as we only have so many licenses.

At (seemingly) random times, (seemingly) random users will be added by JIRA to the jira-users group. Often these users have never used JIRA before, don't know what it is, and have not attempted to log in or interact with JIRA, Confluence, or Stash in any way. This causes a major problem for us since having just one extra user over our license limit makes the system virtually unusable until we're able to find the user who was added and remove them from the group.

Does anyone know why this happens?

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Boris Berenberg Community Champion Mar 23, 2015

Do you have a default group membership configured?

Do you have any LDAP groups under the jira-users global permission?

It looks like we had a default group membership to jira-users for our LDAP directory. I removed it; it'll take some time to verify, but should that fix our issue?

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Hi Stephen,


As Boris mentioned, removing the default group membership to jira-users should stop users from being automatically added upon the first login.

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