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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


In this chapter, you were provided with more details on how to authenticate users in Keycloak. First, you were introduced to authentication flows and how they play an important role in defining how users – as well as clients – authenticate in a realm. You were presented with the main authentication methods supported by Keycloak and how to configure them to promptly authenticate users, as well as how to combine them to support 2FA and MFA. Finally, you were briefly introduced to strong authentication and how Keycloak can help you employ secure authentication methods for a realm.

By leveraging the information in this chapter, you should now be able to customize Keycloak to authenticate users according to your needs and using different authentication methods.

In the next chapter, you are going to look at session management and how it correlates with authentication.