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Azure Active Directory for Secure Application Development

By : Sjoukje Zaal
Book Image

Azure Active Directory for Secure Application Development

By: Sjoukje Zaal

Overview of this book

Azure Active Directory for Secure Application Development is your one-stop shop for learning how to develop secure applications using modern authentication techniques with Microsoft Azure AD. Whether you’re working with single-tenant, multi-tenant, or line-of-business applications, this book contains everything you need to secure them. The book wastes no time in diving into the practicalities of Azure AD. Right from the start, you’ll be setting up tenants, adding users, and registering your first application in Azure AD. The balance between grasping and applying theory is maintained as you move from the intermediate to the advanced: from the basics of OAuth to getting your hands dirty with building applications and registering them in Azure AD. Want to pin down the Microsoft Graph, Azure AD B2C, or authentication protocol best practices? We’ve got you covered. The full range of Azure AD functionality from a developer perspective is here for you to explore with confidence. By the end of this secure app development book, you’ll have developed the skill set that so many organizations are clamoring for. Security is mission-critical, and after reading this book, you will be too.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Part 1: Getting Started with the Microsoft Identity Platform
Part 2: Authentication and Protocols
Part 3: Azure AD B2C

The OAuth 2.0 and OpenID Connect flows

Now that we have covered OAuth 2.0 and OpenID Connect, we can move on to the flows that both of them support. Both OAuth and OpenID Connect provide different flows for different scenarios and application types.

In the upcoming sections, we are going to cover these different types of grant flows, starting with the authorization code flow. Additionally, we are going to cover how the Microsoft identity platform handles these flows.

OpenID Connect using the implicit flow

With OpenID Connect, you can securely sign users into an application. By using the Microsoft identity platform's implementation of OpenID Connect, sign-in and API access are added to your applications.

As mentioned earlier, OpenID Connect extends the OAuth 2.0 authorization protocol so that it can be used as an authentication protocol. In this way, you can implement single sign-on using OAuth. OpenID Connect includes an ID token for this purpose, which is a security...