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Keycloak - Identity and Access Management for Modern Applications

By : Stian Thorgersen, Pedro Igor Silva
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Keycloak - Identity and Access Management for Modern Applications

By: Stian Thorgersen, Pedro Igor Silva

Overview of this book

Implementing authentication and authorization for applications can be a daunting experience, often leaving them exposed to security vulnerabilities. Keycloak is an open-source solution for identity management and access management for modern applications, which can make a world of difference if you learn how to use it. Keycloak, helping you get started with using it and securing your applications. Complete with hands-on tutorials, best practices, and self-assessment questions, this easy-to-follow guide will show you how to secure a sample application and then move on to securing different application types. As you progress, you will understand how to configure and manage Keycloak as well as how to leverage some of its more advanced capabilities. Finally, you'll gain insights into securely using Keycloak in production. By the end of this book, you will have learned how to install and manage Keycloak as well as how to secure new and existing applications.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Section 1: Getting Started with Keycloak
Section 2: Securing Applications with Keycloak
Section 3: Configuring and Managing Keycloak
Section 4: Security Considerations

Managing local users

In the previous chapters, you had to create users in Keycloak to run some of the examples provided in this book. In this section, we are going to deep dive into some key capabilities provided by Keycloak to manage your users once they are stored in Keycloak's internal database. For now on, whenever you read about a local user, you will think about a user stored in a Keycloak database.

As an identity management solution, Keycloak gives you several capabilities to manage user identities. In this section, we will look at the following topics:

  • How to create users
  • How to manage user credentials
  • How to obtain and validate user information
  • How to enable user self-registration
  • How to extend user information using attributes

In the next section, we are going to start our journey by looking at how to create a local user in Keycloak.

Creating a local user

To create a new user in Keycloak, click on the Users link on the left-hand...