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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 experienced first hand how to obtain access tokens using the OAuth 2.0 Authorization Code grant type. You learned how an admin can grant access to internal applications on behalf of a user, and how users themselves can grant access to third-party applications. You learned about various different techniques on how you can limit the access provided by a specific access token. Finally, you learned how a service can directly read and understand the contents of an access token issued by Keycloak, as it is using JWT-based tokens. You also learned how the token introspection endpoint can be leveraged to validate and discover information about an access token in a more standard and portable way.

You should now have a basic understanding of OAuth 2.0 and how it can be used to secure your own applications. We will build on this knowledge later in the book to get you ready to start securing all your applications with Keycloak.

In the next chapter, you will learn...