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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

Running the OpenID Connect playground

The OpenID Connect (OIDC) playground application was developed specifically for this book in order to make it as easy as possible for you to understand and experiment with OIDC in a practical way.

The playground application does not use any libraries for OIDC, but rather all OIDC requests are crafted by the application itself. One thing to note here is that this application is not implementing OIDC in a secure way, and is ignoring optional parameters in the requests that are important for a production application. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, it is so you can focus on understanding the general concepts of OIDC. Secondly, if you decide to implement your own application libraries for OIDC you should have a very good understanding of the specifications, and it is beyond the scope of this book to cover OIDC in that much detail.

Before continuing with reading this chapter, you should start the OIDC playground application, as it will...