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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

Chapter 10

  1. Yes. As we will see in the following chapters, Keycloak provides a Service Provider Interface (SPI) that allows you to integrate not only with databases but with any other form of identity store.
  2. No. In addition to storing information from LDAP in its own database, Keycloak also caches data for entries that have been imported from LDAP. You have complete control over how information is cached and when it expires. Here, together with the synchronization settings, information from the LDAP directory is periodically updated without it impacting the overall performance of the server.
  3. Keycloak allows you to configure mappers for identity providers. Through these mappers, you can customize how users are created by setting a specific user attribute or setting a specific role when the user authenticates for the very first time.