Verifying Auth0 JWT throws invalid algorigthm

If you are using only a secret key then using RS256 won’t work, as it’s based on a private/public key pair. Using only a secret key usually indicates H256. In my answer I assume that what you call MYSECRET is just the content of certificate.pem.

Anyways, I would assume your string has to contain




or PUBLIC instead of PRIVATE.

You can see this in source. The lines mentioned in your error message contains:

if (!~options.algorithms.indexOf(header.alg)) {
  return done(new JsonWebTokenError('invalid algorithm'));

and options.algorithms is defined as

if (!options.algorithms) {
  options.algorithms = ~secretOrPublicKey.toString().indexOf('BEGIN CERTIFICATE') ||
                       ~secretOrPublicKey.toString().indexOf('BEGIN PUBLIC KEY') ?
                        [ 'RS256','RS384','RS512','ES256','ES384','ES512' ] :
                       ~secretOrPublicKey.toString().indexOf('BEGIN RSA PUBLIC KEY') ?
                        [ 'RS256','RS384','RS512' ] :
                        [ 'HS256','HS384','HS512' ];


If you don’t have the RSA things at the start and end it will look for the following algorithms: 'HS256','HS384','HS512'.

I haven’t used RS256 with JWT before, but I have used it with ssh, and I know that it’s very sensitive to having the header. The string has to be in the exactly correct format.

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