I'm contacting the dev community of Keycloak-Gatekeeper concerning the Keycloak access
token lookup behavior.
A few links :
* The full story is here : https://issues.jboss.org/browse/KEYCLOAK-9885
* Associated PR : https://github.com/keycloak/keycloak-gatekeeper/pull/473
The long story made short :
I am deploying an application that has been configured to work behind a proxy. The proxy
must set specific HTTP Headers (i.e. X-Auth-Username, X-Auth-Email) if the request is
successfully authenticated and forwards the request to the upstream.
The application is working in "blind" mode : it looks only for HTTP headers sent
by the proxy (the application does not have any Gatekeeper specific configuration).
However, in its authentication process, the application set a Bearer token. All queries
that are targeting the application API are authenticated against this Bearer token.
For now, Keycloak Gatekeeper inspects the Authorization header first in order to verify
the Keycloak access token. Since the Bearer token is not issued by Keycloak, but by the
proxied application, the token is refused and the request redirected to the SSO. There are
no fallback to the cookie if the Authorization header check fails.
I would like to propose more tuning about token inspection for an incoming request.
I see two approaches for this problem :
* Fallback to the cookie checkup if the authorization header is not valid/present
* Help the proxy by specifying where to look at the keycloak access token, for example
force cookie lookup (my approach with this PR
I have chosen the second approach. The goal is to bring more behavior tuning to
* Being able to configure the Keycloak token lookup (for example force cookie lookup
for the access token).
* Being able to forward Authorization header "as-is" to the upstream
application (without altering it, transparent way).
What is your point of view ?
Let me know if this email is clear enough.
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