What's Coming To Keycloak

Tuesday, September 03 2019, posted by Stian Thorgersen

New Account Console and Account REST API

The current account console is getting dated. It is also having issues around usability and being hard to extend. For this reason we had the UXD team at Red Hat develop wireframes for a new account console. The new console is being implemented with React.js providing a better user experience as well as making it easier to extend and customise.

WebAuthn

We are working towards adding WebAuthn support both for two factor authentication and passwordless experience. This task is not as simple as adding an authenticator for WebAuth, but will also require work on improving authentication flows and the account console.

Operator

Operators are becoming an important way to manage software running on Kubernetes and we are working on an operator for Keycloak. The aim is to have an operator published on OperatorHub.io soon which provides basic install and seamless upgrade capabilities. This will be based on the awesome work done by the Red Hat Integreatly team.

Vault

At the moment to keep credentials such as LDAP bind credentials more secure it is required to encrypt the whole database. This can be complex and can also have a performance overhead.

We are working towards enabling loading credentials, such as LDAP bind credential and SMTP password, from an external vault. We're providing a built-in integration with Kubernetes secrets as well as an SPI allowing integrating with any vault provider.

In the future we will also provide the option to encrypt other more dynamic credentials at rest in the database.

User Profile

Currently there's no single place to define user profiles for a realm. To resolve this we are planning to introduce the Profile SPI, which will make it possible to define a user profile for a realm. It will be possible to define mandatory as well as optional attributes and also add validation to the attributes.

The built-in Profile SPI provider will make it possible to declaratively define the user profile for a realm and we also aim to have an editor in the admin console.

Observerability

Keycloak already comes with basic support for metrics and health endpoints provided by the underlying WildFly container. We plan to document how to enable this as well as extend with Keycloak specific metrics and health checks. If you would like to try this out today check the WildFly documentation.

Continuous Delivery

Over the last few months the team has invested a significant amount of time into automated testing and builds. This will pay of in the long run as we will need to spend less time on releases and will also make sure Keycloak is always release ready. In fact we're taking this as far as not allowing maintainers to manually merge PRs anymore, but rather have created a bot called the Merge Monster that will merge PRs automatically after they have been both manually reviewed and all tests have passed.

Keycloak.X

It's 5 years since the first Keycloak release so high time for some rearchitecting. More details coming soon!

Kanban Planning Board

For more insight and details into what we are working on and our backlog, check out our Kanban Planning Board.