This plugin allows an administrator to impersonate another user, i.e. to
become that user in jira, without knowing their password – which is often
impractical if authentication is handled by LDAP.
Impersonation is useful for administration of shared filters, shared
dashboards, double-checking a user has permission to do an action etc.
The implementation is surprising simple, so simple in fact that I doubt it
will work in all circumstances. So far I have only tested on Jira 3.12.2
and Jira 3.13, with the DefaultAuthenticator and also an SSO solution that we use.
Drop the jar file: jira-plugin-switchuser-09.jar in to WEB-INF/lib and restart.
Note: This is compiled with Java 5 so you must be using a Java 5 or above
JVM. If you are still on 1.4 consider upgrading or compile the source yourself.
In the Administration page, under “User, Groups & Roles” you should see a new
link “Switch User”. Further details are on that page.