[keycloak-user] UserFederationProvider CredentialValidationOutput validCredentials and close method never called

Marek Posolda mposolda at redhat.com
Mon Oct 26 07:29:46 EDT 2015

ah, you want to display custom error messages on login screen. It seems 
you may need to override the UsernamePasswordForm . Take a look at 
Authentication SPI documentation and examples for how to do it.

Btv. not sure if it's very good to create custom messages based on 
errors as it can give potential attacker some details about your users. 
For example we always display "Invalid username or password" error 
regardless if tried username exists or not, so the attacked doesn't have 
possibility to "guess" usernames (Some sites display "Invalid user" if 
username doesn't exist and "Invalid password" if user exists, but 
password is incorrect. We display single message in both cases).


On 26/10/15 11:32, alex orl wrote:
> thanks for your answer. Well, i suddenly tried your suggestion adding 
> a throw new ModelException("My message"); inside my provider class.
> The exception is thrown but the login page is redirected to the 
> standard error page just displaying the message:
> We're *sorry* ...
> Unexpected error when handling authentication request to identity 
> provider.
> How can i make the "My Message" exception message to be displayed on 
> the login page?
> thanks
> Il Lunedì 26 Ottobre 2015 8:49, Marek Posolda <mposolda at redhat.com> ha 
> scritto:
> On 24/10/15 23:27, alex orl wrote:
>> I'm using jboss keycloak 1.5 final version.
>> I developed my custom user federation provider interfacing with 
>> keycloak properties and my user enterprise database.
>> My need is to send up to user the login interface custom error 
>> messages based on particular specific error related to my legacy user db.
>> I saw keycloak themes have a resources folder by which i can localize 
>> and add new messages. Then i can reference them by angular js using
>>     $myMessage
>> notation. The problem is i want to rise up a message from keycloak 
>> server. My user federation provider implements UserFederationProvider 
>> interface. So i should have to override:
>>     @Override
>> public CredentialValidationOutput validCredentials(RealmModel realm, 
>> UserCredentialModel credential) {
>> LOGGER.info("validCredentials(realm, credential)");
>> return CredentialValidationOutput.failed();
>> }
>> In the UserFederationProvider interface i read that validCredentials :
>> Validate credentials of unknown user. The authenticated user is 
>> recognized based on provided credentials and returned back in 
>> CredentialValidationOutput
>> It seems to be the method i was looking for just because 
>> CredentialValidationOutput contains custom messages to be sent as 
>> validation output. The problem is this method is never called.
> This method is called by Keycloak just during use-cases, when you want 
> to authenticate with unknown user. Which is currently during 
> Kerberos/SPNEGO login. It's not called during basic flow with 
> username/password authentication.
> I think if you want to propagate error messages, you can for example 
> throw ModelException with the error message you want.
>> The same happens to the close method. It's never called at the end of 
>> each request so i cannot dispose my objects
>> Why?
> Feel free to create JIRA for the close method.
> Marek
>> Thanks a lot
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