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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

Allowing users to manage their data

In the previous sections, you learned how to manage users through the admin console as an administrator. You also learned that users can self-register in a realm. However, one of the main capabilities of Keycloak is to also allow users to manage their own accounts through a service called Keycloak Account Console.

The Keycloak Account Console is a regular application provided by Keycloak and is where users can manage their own accounts. They can also do the following:

  • Update their user profile
  • Update their password
  • Enable second-factor authentication
  • View applications, including what applications they have authenticated to
  • View open sessions, including remotely signing out of other sessions

To access the account console, open http://localhost:8080/auth/realms/myrealm/account/ in a browser. You will be redirected to a welcome page, as follows:

Figure 10.10 – The Keycloak Account Console...