August 11, 2015
Keycloak, oauth, security, Webservices
Back in 2012, I wrote about my concerns with the proliferation of WebSockets. Since WebSockets is basically just a mechanism to establish a raw socket connection and a simple protocol to send packets, potentially every application has a different communication protocol.
We recently ran into the problem of, how can we secure WebSockets in a token based architecture. While we can write helper libs on the client and server side that exchange the token on WebSocket setup, there’s a problem with token expiration. Each application (or WebSocket framework) would have to build in a way to notify the client that the token has expired, and provide a way for the client to retransmit a new refreshed token. It is already a maintenance nightmare to support basic web security and client adapter support for the various servlet engines. We would now have to multiple that by the number of WebSocket frameworks.
Basically, it is hard to impossible for projects like Keycloak to provide out of the box support for securing WebSockets. Anybody know if HTTP/2 could replace WebSockets? I haven’t dived into the protocol yet and my understanding is that its biggest advantage is pipelining HTTP requests.
September 10, 2014
java, javaee, JAX-RS, jboss, Keycloak, oauth, openid connect, opensource, REST, security, SSO
After 1 year of hard work, the team is proud to release our first final 1.0 release of Keycloak. We’ve stabilized our database schemas, improved performance, and refactored our SPIs and you should be good to go! I don’t want to list all the features, but check out our project website at http://keycloak.org for more information. You can find our download links there as well as screen cast tutorials on our documentation page.
Keycloak 1.1 will be our integration release where we start bringing Keycloak to different protocols, projects, and environments. Here’s a priority list of what we’re tackling
- SAML 2.0 – by merging with Picketlink IDP
- Uberfire/BRMS adapter
- Fuse FSW adapter
- EAP 6.x and Wildfly console integration
- Tomcat 7 adapter
- …More planned, but we’ll see how fast we can move before we announce anymore
In parallel, we hope to look into a few new features:
- TOTP Improvements like allowing multiple token generators
- IP Filtering
August 20, 2014
java, javaee, JAX-RS, Keycloak, oauth, openid connect, opensource, REST, RESTEasy, security, SSO
Many bugs fixes and cleanup. Not much for features although we did add a ton of tooltips to the admin console. We’re getting very close to a final release and are still on schedule to release 2nd week on September.
See keycloak.org for links to download and documentation.
August 6, 2014
java, JAX-RS, jboss, Keycloak, oauth, openid connect, REST, security, SSO, wildfly
After a summer of multiple vacations from various team members, we’re finally ready to release Keycloak 1.0 Beta 4. There’s not a lot of new features in the release because we focused mainly on performance, creating new SPIs, refactoring code, improving usability, and lastly fixing bugs. 64 issues completed. As usually go to the main keycloak.org page to find download links and to browse our documentation, release notes, or view our screencast tutorials. Here are some of the highlights of the release:
- Server side memory cache for all UI pages.
- Cache-control settings for UI pages
- Server side cache for all backend metadata: realms, applications, and users.
- In-memory implementation for user sessions
- New Federation SPI. Gives you a lot of flexibility to federation external stores into Keycloak
- Improved LDAP/Active Directory support
- Token validation REST API
- Support for HttpServletRequest.logout()
- Lots and lots of bugs fixes and minor improvements
You should see a big performance increase with this release as everything is cachable in memory and the database can be fully bypassed.
1.0 Final is on the way!
What’s next for Keycloak? This month we will be focusing on resolving the remaining issues logged in Jira, improving our test coverage, and updating our documentation and screencasts. No new major features. We’ll have a RC release around 3rd week of August, then our first Final release 2nd week of September!
June 19, 2014
Keycloak, oauth, openid connect, security
Mostly a bunch of bug fixes that we needed to push out for users. We’re still pretty focused on performance and hope that Beta 4 will allow Keycloak to run in a cluster with some caching capabilities. See keycloak.org for links on downloading, docs, and jira release notes.
May 29, 2014
java, JAX-RS, Keycloak, oauth, openid connect, opensource, REST, security, SSO
Keycloak Beta-1 has been released! We’re edging closer to 1.0! Please visit the Keycloak website for links to documentation and downloads. A lot of hard work the last few months by Stian, Marek, myself and other contributors to bring you loads of new features and improvements:
- LDAP/Active Directory integration built on Picketlink. Thanks Marek!
- User Session management – can now view login IP address and which applications and oauth clients have open tokens. Works with any type of app too. Can view and manage sessions through user account pages or admin console
- Audit log for important events. Integration with admin console and ability to receive emails on certain events.
- Account log viewable in user account management pages
- Export database. Allows you to export a full dump of keycloak database into an encrypted file. Will help out tremendously to migrate between Keycloak versions.
- Authentication SPI. Allows you to plug in different mechanisms to retrieve and authenticate users.
- Theme support for the admin console and any sent email.
- Per-realm admin console. You can now designate a user within a realm that is an admin of that realm.
- Documented the Admin REST API finally. (Docs still kinda suck here)
- CORS support for Admin REST API
- Support for relative URLs when configuring admin console
- Server configuration file
- Social Only Logins
- Installed application adapter
- Expanded the number of example projects
What’s next? This is the last major feature release of Keycloak. We will now be focusing on performance, clustering, security audits, testing, documentation, and usability for the next few releases. We hope to release 1.0 Final sometime in July.
March 12, 2014
Keycloak, oauth, openid connect, security, SSO
Another big feature release for Keycloak. As usual, go to keycloak.org to find documentation and download links. Here are the highlights of Alpha 3:
- Minimal support for OpenID Connect. Claims like email, full name, etc. can now be transmitted and viewed with IDToken passed after login.
- Configurable allowed claims. What identity claims are made in id and access tokens can be configured per application or oauth client within the admin console
- Remote logout and session stats available from management console
- Refresh token support
- Not before revocation policy. You can set it per realm, oauth client, or application. Policies are pushed to applications that have an admin url
- Fine grain admin console permissions and roles. You can now specify which realms a master user is allowed to create, view, or edit. An awesome side effect of this is that if you enable registration in the master admin realm and set a default global role of create only, keycloak can become a SaaS for SSO.
- Installed Application feature to support non-browser applications that want to use Keycloak
- You can now add social network links through account management
Our next release will be Beta-1 and will be our last big feature release. One of the features we want to add is support for using an existing LDAP/Active Directory server. We’re going to take a look at Picketlink IDM API for this. We also need more fine grain support for importing and exporting various pieces of the keycloak database. That’s minimally what we want to get in. We’re looking at a May timeframe for this release as in April many of us will be busy with Red Hat Summit.