We're looking to provide a API to easily enable Key and Certificate Management to
Keycloak-based applications. We may have a comprehensive PKI/Certificate service
for KC so as to fulfill all key/certificate/JOSE requirements in future roadmap. This is a future
consideration/idea and is not meant as a feature to be merged soon. It will be likely to hit KC master
as and when the roadmap will require.
The idea is turn a realm into a Certification Authority,
responsible for issue, validate, revoke and renew certificates for the identity types
(eg.: realms, users, applications etc) associated with it. Thus, realm will act
as the root CA or realm's certificate(X509 v1) will be self signed and certificates(X509 v3) of
identity types will be signed with realm's certificate.
So, there will be a pki module with key and certificate authority which will be able to
perform all key and certificate related functions and hence will be used as per requirements
by identity types(eg.: realms, users, applications etc).
In the future, we also want to provide:
- RESTful Endpoints to perform not only certificate operations, but also manage keys.
Specially public keys. Probably using JSON Web Keys (JWK).
- Better support for HTML5 and mobile applications that require some kind of support for certificates,
asymmetric keys, signature and encryption. Specially when using JWT and JOSE.
- Support Java KeyStores to load and store keys.
-Implementation of lets encrypt ACME Specification.
-Support for JWS and JWE, if required.
After some initial work, I think we have an initial design. Still have to think about,
specially regarding the configuration and storage.
Basically, what we have so far are two main components: CertificateAuthority and KeyAuthority.
The first is about managing keys (eg.: RSA keys) for realm and identity types.
The second one is about managing certificates using the keys for a particular type.
We have Key and Certificate Authority which can be injected anywhere and be used accordingly.
If CDI doesn't appears to be a good choice, then, we can probably directly use these services via method
private KeyAuthority keyAuthority;
private CertificateAuthority certificateAuthority;
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