JIRA and Confluence Cloud os_username and os_password embedded in URL no longer available

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Previously it was possible to authenticate with JIRA and Confluence directly by entering a clear text username and password in the URL with the parameters os_username and os_password. For example the URL http://jira.atlassian.com/browse/TST-1?os_username=tester&os_password=tstpassword would attempt to authenticate with jira.atlassian.com with the username 'tester' and password 'tstpassowrd'.  As passing a clear text username and password into JIRA and Confluence is a security risk Atlassian has made the decision to block this functionality in JIRA and Confluence Cloud. 


Instead of using os_username or os_password to authenticate with JIRA Cloud it is now necessary to use alternative authentication methods:

  • os_authType=basic can be added to the URL, JIRA or Confluence will then request that a username and password is provided.

  • Basic authentication can be used. If many requests are made this may cause performance problems in JIRA and Confluence as every request will need to be authenticated.

  • Cookie based authentication is recommended when many calls are made to prevent performance problems.

Last modified on Feb 28, 2017

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