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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

Securely invoking the backend REST API

Now, open http://localhost:3000/ and click on the Public endpoint link. You will see a message saying Public message!. The public endpoint is not secured by Keycloak, and can be invoked without an access token.

Next, let's try the secured endpoint that is protected by Keycloak. Open http://localhost:3000/ again. This time, click on the Secured endpoint link. Now you will see a message saying Access denied. The Keycloak Node.js adapter is denying requests to this endpoint as it requires a valid access token to invoke the endpoint.

Let's now try to invoke the secured endpoint from the frontend. Open http://localhost:8000/ and click on Invoke Service. You will now see a message displayed saying Secret message!. If instead you get the message Access Denied, this is most likely caused by the user not having the myrole role.

When you click Invoke Service, the frontend sends an AJAX request to the backend service, including the access...