Security Configuration Cannot be Updated

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Symptoms

When an admin tries to change the security configuration, they are returned to the edit screen, and are given no feedback.

Diagnosis

1. Affects Confluence 3.4.x
2. There are several ways to configure Confluence so that web-sudo (password-confirmation for admin options) is not available at all. See CONF-20958. In 3.4 (maybe 3.3 too) setting any of these options prevents saving the security configuration.

Cause

There is a bug in the security config validation where it checks for valid values of the websudo options, even though none are submitted from the form and none are used.

Workaround

Confluence settings are stored within the database and can be found with the following SQL query:

select * from bandana where bandanakey='atlassian.confluence.settings';

This may be used to manually update settings.

Resolution

Always backup your data before performing any modifications to the database.

This is a known bug and has been fixed as of Confluence 3.4.8

Bug Report can be found here: http://jira.atlassian.com/browse/CONF-21692

Last modified on Feb 26, 2016

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