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Audience value in returned Bearer token JWT is a list



The audience value in the access_token returned from Auth0’s /oauth/token password grant flow changed from a single value to a list holding a single value.

Why did this change? I can’t use the /userinfo endpoint anymore. I’m able to get by using id_token, but it would be nice to be able to hit the /userinfo successfully.


The audience of a JWT access token is included by making use of the aud claim which is defined as part of RFC 7519:

In the general case, the “aud” value is an array of case-sensitive strings, each containing a StringOrURI value. In the special case when the JWT has one audience, the “aud” value MAY be a single case-sensitive string containing a StringOrURI value.

Even though the specification allows for a single audience to be expressed directly as a string this is optional and the use of an array to represent it would also be valid. The reason I mention this is that the change you describe should not have any functional impact as any processing of a JWT audience should be equivalent no matter if the single audience is represented as a string or within a one element array.

In conclusion, the issue with /userinfo should not be related to the change in the representation. Check the following related question and associated answer to see if it’s relevant for your situation: