Securing WildFly Apps with Auth0 on OpenShift

You can secure your WildFly applications deployed on OpenShift with OpenID Connect (OIDC). By using OIDC to secure applications, you delegate authentication to OIDC providers. This guide shows how to secure an example application deployed to WildFly on OpenShift with OIDC using Auth0 as the OpenID provider.

If you prefer to watch a video, check out this 5-minute video which also covers the steps from this guide.


To complete this guide, you need:

Example Application

We will use a simple web application in this guide that consists of a single servlet. We will secure this servlet using OIDC.

We will use the example in the simple-webapp-auth0 directory in the elytron-examples repo.

To obtain this example, clone the elytron-examples repository to your local machine:

git clone

Log Into the OpenShift Cluster

Before we can deploy our application, we need to log in to an OpenShift cluster. You can log in via the OpenShift CLI:

oc login -u myUserName

Alternatively, you can log in using an API token:

oc login --token=myToken --server=myServerUrl

You can request the token via the Copy Login Command link in the OpenShift web console.

If you don’t already have a project created, you can create one using:

oc new-project myProjectName

Configure Auth0

We will be using Auth0 as our OpenID provider.

  1. Log into the Auth0 Dashboard.

  2. Create an application called OIDC App. For the application type, select Regular Web Applications and then click on Create. For more information, see the Auth0 documentation on how to create applications.

  3. Once the application has been created, we’ll see the Domain, Client ID, and Client Secret in the Basic Information section. We’ll make use of these values when we Add Helm Configuration later on.

  4. Using the sidebar menu on the left side of the Dashboard, navigate to the APIs page and copy the API Audience value.

  5. Using the sidebar menu on the left side of the Dashboard, navigate to the Settings page and scroll down to the API Authorization Settings. Paste the API Audience value you just copied into the Default Audience field and then click on Save.

    This will allow us to receive access tokens that are JWTs from Auth0. In the future, we’re hoping to add the ability to handle opaque access tokens as well to WildFly’s Elytron OIDC Client subsystem.

  6. Using the sidebar menu on the left side of the Dashboard, click on User Management and then Users. You can then create a new user by clicking on Create User. You’ll need to specify the new user’s email, we’ll use You’ll also need to set a password for the user.

    Once the user has been created, you’ll see the user’s user_id at the top of the page.

    For more information, see Auth0’s documentation on how to create users.

Add Helm Configuration

  1. Switch to the charts directory in the simple-webapp-auth0 example.

    cd /PATH/TO/ELYTRON/EXAMPLES/simple-webapp-auth0/charts

    Notice there’s a helm.yaml file in this directory with the following content:

      contextDir: simple-webapp-auth0
        - name: DOMAIN
          value: <AUTH0_DOMAIN>             (1)
        - name: CLIENT_ID
          value: <AUTH0_CLIENT_ID>          (2)
        - name: CLIENT_SECRET
          value: <AUTH0_CLIENT_SECRET>      (3)

    You need to update the environment variable values here using the information we saw earlier in the Auth0 Dashboard, as described below.

    1. Replace <AUTH0_DOMAIN> with the Domain value from your OIDC App’s Basic Information section in the Auth0 Dashboard.

    2. Replace <AUTH0_CLIENT_ID> with the Client ID value from your OIDC App’s Basic Information section in the Auth0 Dashboard.

    3. Replace <AUTH0_CLIENT_SECRET> with the Client Secret value from your OIDC App’s Basic Information section in the Auth0 Dashboard.

Deploy the Example Application to WildFly on OpenShift

If you haven’t already installed the WildFly Helm chart, install it:

helm repo add wildfly

If you’ve already installed the WildFly Helm Chart, be sure to update it to ensure you have the latest one:

helm repo update

We can deploy our example application to WildFly on OpenShift using the WildFly Helm Chart:

helm install oidc-app -f /PATH/TO/ELYTRON/EXAMPLES/simple-webapp-auth0/charts/helm.yaml wildfly/wildfly

Notice that this command specifies the file we updated, helm.yaml, that contains the values needed to build and deploy our application.

The application will now begin to build. This will take a couple of minutes.

The build can be observed using:

oc get build -w

Once complete, you can follow the deployment of the application using:

oc get deployment oidc-app -w

Alternatively, you can check status directly from the OpenShift web console.

Behind the Scenes

While our application is building, let’s take a closer look at our application.

  • Examine the pom.xml file.

    Notice that it contains an openshift profile. A profile in Maven lets you create a set of configuration values to customize your application build for different environments. The openshift profile in this example defines a configuration that will be used by the WildFly Helm Chart when provisioning the WildFly server on OpenShift.

                        <artifactId>wildfly-maven-plugin</artifactId>         <!--(1)-->
                                <layer>elytron-oidc-client</layer>            <!--(2)-->
    1. wildfly-maven-plugin provisions a WildFly server with the specified layers with our application deployed.

    2. elytron-oidc-client automatically adds the native OIDC client subsystem to our WildFly installation.

  • Examine the web.xml.

            <auth-method>OIDC</auth-method>  (1)
    1. When the elytron-oidc-client subsystem sees the auth-method is set to OIDC, it enables the OIDC authentication mechanism for the application.

  • Examine the oidc.json file. The oidc.json is used to configure the native OIDC client subsystem.

        "client-id" : "${env.CLIENT_ID}",                       (1)
        "provider-url" : "https://${env.DOMAIN}",               (2)
        "ssl-required" : "EXTERNAL",                            (3)
        "credentials" : {
            "secret" : "${env.CLIENT_SECRET}"                   (4)
    1. The client ID, which is specified using the CLIENT_ID environment variable we defined in the Helm configuration.

    2. The provider URL, which is specified using the DOMAIN environment variable. We defined its value in the Helm configuration.

    3. When ssl-required is set to EXTERNAL, HTTPS is required by default for external requests.

    4. The client secret is needed to communicate with Auth0. This refers to the CLIENT_SECRET environment variable that we defined in the Helm configuration.

Get the Application URL

Once the WildFly server has been provisioned, use the following command to find the URL for your example application:

SIMPLE_WEBAPP_AUTH0_URL=https://$(oc get route oidc-app --template='{{ }}') &&
echo "" &&
echo "Application URL: $SIMPLE_WEBAPP_AUTH0_URL/simple-webapp-auth0"  &&
echo "Allowed Callback URL: $SIMPLE_WEBAPP_AUTH0_URL/simple-webapp-auth0/secured/*" &&
echo ""

We’ll make use of these URLs in the next two sections.

Finish Configuring Auth0

From your OIDC App in the Auth0 Dashboard, scroll down to the Application URIs section and set Allowed Callback URLs to the Allowed Callback URL that was output in the previous section. Then click on Save Changes.

Access the Application

From your browser, navigate to the Application URL that was output in the previous section.

Click on Access Secured Servlet.

You will be redirected to Auth0 to log in.

Log in using the user we created earlier.

Upon successful authentication, you will be redirected back to the example application.

The example application simply outputs the user_id of the logged in user.

You should see output similar to the following:

Secured Servlet

Current Principal 'auth0|6544f9aa427fb9f276240d55'

Notice the user_id for our user is displayed. This indicates that we have successfully logged into our application!

What’s next?

This guide has shown how to secure an application deployed to WildFly on OpenShift using the Auth0 OpenID provider. For additional information, feel free to check out the resources linked below. To learn more about OIDC configuration, check out the Elytron OIDC Client documentation.

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