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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

Integrating with LDAP and Active Directory

Many organizations still use an LDAP directory as their single source of truth for digital identities. Keycloak allows you to integrate with different LDAP server implementations so that you can leverage your existing security infrastructure and use all the authentication and authorization capabilities provided by Keycloak.

Keycloak can integrate using LDAP in different ways; it can act as a stateful broker where data from your LDAP directory is imported into the Keycloak database, as well as kept in sync with your LDAP directory, or it can act as a stateless broker delegating credential verification to your LDAP directory. You should also be able to set up multiple LDAP directories within a single realm and configure a priority order that Keycloak should respect when authenticating users.

In Keycloak, the term "user federation" refers to the capability of integrating with external identity stores. LDAP is a form of user federation...