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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

Choosing an integration option

In addition to choosing between the two architectural styles we've just mentioned, we should also understand some key points when it comes to choosing an integration.

There are quite a lot of client-side implementations for OpenID Connect and sometimes, you may find hard to choose which one works better for you. If none of the options suggested here work for you, it is important to be aware of how to choose alternatives.

As a rule of thumb, the decision for a good integration should be based on implementations that do the following:

  • Are widely adopted, actively maintained, and backed by a strong community of developers.
  • Are up to date with the latest versions of the OAuth2 and OpenID Connect specifications.
  • Are aligned with the security best practices for OAuth2 and OpenID Connect.
  • Provide a good user experience, a simple configuration, and a deployment model.
  • Hide details from developers as much as possible while still...