Why does logging on to Confluence log me off JIRA - and vice versa?

After upgrading (JIRA to 5.0.6, Confluence to 4.3), why does logging on to one log me off the other? We would prefer to have 'seamless' transitions between the two applications once logged on to either one or the other.

Are there security configuration settings that I need to adjust?

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And a quick link to the knowledge base for the solution ;-) We had the same problem when we first started out and had both apps on the same box. They soon got popular & justified the move to two servers :-)


Hi Matthew,

Thank you, that was a helpful answer. It led me to further investigate Michael Seager's suggestion which only partially worked (please see my second comment on his answer)

Hi David

This is expected behavior. To avoid this you may implement Single Sign On between Confluence and Jira.

Hope it helps! :)

Hi Bruna,

Many thanks - that was quick. I will investigate purchasing Crowd as it is the only Atlassian-endorsed solution. It is possible Crowd may even allow SSO for Lotus Notes which we still use extensively.

That isn't expected behavior at all! It didn't use to be that way for sure. Logging in/out of JIRA should not cause Confluence login. Has something changed on recent releases?

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Something else to check is if you have both applications running on the same server without a context path.

For example, your browser will treat http://myserver:8080 and http://myserver:8090 as different, but cookies won't. You can add a context path to make it http://myserver:8080/jira and http://myserver:8090/confluence via the server.xml files to avoid that problem.

Might help :)

Hello Michael,

Sounds like a possibility - as we are running both JIRA and Confluence on the same server.

A new question then - which files contain the context path setting? I seem to recall seeing context path at some stage during the recent upgrading process, but I simply cannot remember where - too much else was happening!

Hi again Michael,

Following up here...

I located the server.xml files for each application (bit of a newbie I'm afraid). I edited the <Context path="" attribute as suggested.

This appears to work for Confluence, but not for JIRA which throws exceptions to the catalina log (I hav attached it (catalina.2012-09-28.log) ). It appears that a ':' character in path="http://myserver:8080/jira" is not allowed.

So this begs yet another question, why is a ':' character in <Context path=""... acceptable to Confluence, but not to JIRA?

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