Sam Stites

JWTs are a no-brainer

January 5, 2016

Why? Well they’re self signed, so no storage is involved. Even if you are integrating systems, you don’t have to worry (too much) about “merging jwt-based authentication systems” – only then data that is contained on the tokens; but that was always going to be an issue.

Even taking into account the fact that user information may be stored in your tokens isn’t a problem since you’d need the server’s private key to decrypt them.

Why jwts are a pain in the butt:

Using them to store user information. When a user updates their account information, jwts need to be updated as well. Now, if we weren’t using jwts and everything was Session-based, we could do something where we update the security context while keeping the user online; piece of cake! But, if you’re using jwts, you’d have to invalidate that token and all information is stored on there so everything gets fucked!

Long story short. Use jwts but don’t store everything under the goddamn sun in your tokens. Plus, who in their right mind would want to send a “204 No Content” with a super-massive json header?