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· 6 min read
Jens Langhammer

authentik is an open source Identity Provider that unifies your identity needs into a single platform, replacing Okta, Active Directory, and auth0. Authentik Security is a public benefit company building on top of the open source project.


We are happy to announce that 2024 is starting off great, with our first release of the year chock full of new features. Take a look at the new features and functionality included in the release, check out the Release Notes for more details and upgrade instructions, and enjoy the new features!

graphic of release highlights

We confess we are possibly the most excited about this release than any in a while, with some new Admin-level capabilities, enhanced functionality for developers (our DX game is heating up!), and some great UX/usability and customization enhancements.

Let’s start with some of the big features, the ones that kept us busy over the holidays and into the new year.

· 14 min read
Jens Langhammer
Nick Moore

authentik is an open source Identity Provider that unifies your identity needs into a single platform, replacing Okta, Active Directory, and auth0. Authentik Security is a public benefit company building on top of the open source project.


In 2024, Tom Scott and Jynn Nelson, otherwise different people in different worlds, faced very similar problems.

  • Tom Scott is a YouTuber who, as of this writing, has gotten nearly 2 billion views across over 700 videos. Nearly 6.5 million people subscribe to Tom Scott’s YouTube channel.
  • Jynn Nelson, a senior engineer, is a major maintainer of Rust, an open-source project that 2023 StackOverflow research showed was the most admired language among developers. About 2.2 million people are Rust developers.

In a goodbye video, Scott announced an extended break from his channel, saying, "I am so tired. There's nothing in my life right now except work.”

In a post called the rust project has a burnout problem, Nelson wrote, articulating sentiments across the Rust community, “you want a break, but you have a voice in the back of your head: ‘the project would be worse without you.’”

It’s unfortunate that this comparison makes the best opening to the point of this post: open source developers are much more like content creators than most people tend to assume.

If anything, when you look at the history of the Internet and the history of distributing content online, open source developers might be the original content creators.

By looking at the paths they have both paved and recontextualizing their work within a broader view of the creator economy, we can come to a better understanding of the shared futures of content creators and open source developers.

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· 11 min read
Marc Schmitt

authentik is an open source Identity Provider that unifies your identity needs into a single platform, replacing Okta, Active Directory, and auth0. Authentik Security is a public benefit company building on top of the open source project.


At the time of writing this post, the downfalls of using YAML as a templating language are being debated on Hacker News. The headache of trying to customize Helm charts is a gripe we share at Authentik, which we’ll get into below.

This post is about how we test and deploy authentik using containers, some gotchas we’ve encountered, and lessons we’ve picked up along the way.

When the company founder is from an Infrastructure background, and the first person he decides to hire (that's me!) is also from Infra, you can imagine that we end up with some pretty strong opinions about tools and processes.

This is part of an ongoing series about the tools and products that make up authentik’s stack (you can also read about our infrastructure tooling choices and what’s in our security stack).

· 8 min read
Jens Langhammer

authentik is an open source Identity Provider that unifies your identity needs into a single platform, replacing Okta, Active Directory, and auth0. Authentik Security is a public benefit company building on top of the open source project.


Last year we shared our (mostly free and open source) security stack, including tooling we use for basic security coverage like visibility, dependency management, penetration testing, and more. Even with these tools set up, there are still activities and practices you need to do routinely and proactively to ensure you’re not at risk.

There are frameworks you can look to (e.g. NIST, OWASP SAMM) but these can be overwhelming if you’re a one-person team or new to security. If you’re coming into 2024 with a fresh resolve to improve your security posture, here’s our advice on what to prioritize (and where you can automate).

· 6 min read
Jens Langhammer

authentik is an open source Identity Provider that unifies your identity needs into a single platform, replacing Okta, Active Directory, and auth0. Authentik Security is a public benefit company building on top of the open source project.


A hearty Happy New Year to you all, from all of of us at Authentik Security, with sincere wishes that your 2024 may be filled with a maximum of joys (new features and elegant code) and a minimum of pains (bugs and the dreadful reality of not-enough-time).

The start of a new year makes me want to first say thank you for the past year.

Thank you!

Thank you to our community, from the newly joined members to our long-time friends and moderators and holders-of-knowledge. Without you all, well… we literally wouldn’t be here. No matter how deep your knowledge of authentik is, it’s really your willingness to explore and test and give feedback on new and old features, all while supporting each other and staying in touch with good humor and vibes, that make us such a vibrant community.

Thank you to our users, from those who run authentik in their homelabs to those who run authentik in production, and everyone in between. We appreciate your trust and guidance, and your input into how we can provide the most-needed features and grow our product in the ways that solve your business needs and challenges.

And of course thanks to our small team here at Authentik Security, who joined me on this adventure and brought your skills and talents, your experience and passions, and your dedication to our product and users. We built a lot together last year, and this year has a rock-star list of features and functionality coming up!

Accomplishments in 2023

Looking back to the work we did in 2023, the new features are just a part of the overall achievements and celebrations (and challenges) of building a new company, growing the team, celebrating our 1st year, and defining our tools and processes. But we released quite a few new features that I’m proud to share.

RBAC

RBAC (role-based access control) is the gold standard of access control. RBAC provides the ability to finely configure permissions within authentik. These permissions can be used to delegate different tasks, such as user management, application creation and more to users without granting them full superuser permissions. authentik has had internal RBAC for a long time (and of course the policy engine for restricting access to applications), however access to different objects within authentik (like Users, Groups, etc) was not possible previously.

Enterprise Support

Providing dedicated support with a proper ticketing system was a big accomplishment for 2023. Support was the flagship feature of our Enterprise release in the fall of 2023.

SCIM support

Our 2023.3 release added support for SCIM (System for Cross-domain Identity Management) protocol, allowing for the provision of users into other IT systems, where the provider synchronizes Users, Groups and the user membership.

RADIUS Support

The RADIUS protocol for authentication allows for the integration of a wider variety of systems such as VPN software, network switches/routers, and others. The RADIUS provider also uses a flow to authenticate users, and supports the same stages as the LDAP Provider.

What’s coming up in 2024?

Looking forward to new functionality for the new year, let me share some of the ones I am most excited about. As with any small development team, we tackle what we can, with an eye on which features will be most beneficial for you all, which have dependencies upon later features, maintainability as we further develop the feature, and how to best get them all out the door fully tested and documented.

Wizardry

The task of adding the applications that you want authentik to authenticate is about to get a lot easier; we have a new wizard that combines the process of defining a new provider and a new application into one single task. This new wizard saves many steps and streamlines the process. Look for it in preview mode in our current 2023.10 release (navigate to the Applications page in the Admin UI), and let us know your thoughts. We will continue tweaking it, specifically the multi-select functionality, but feedback is always welcome!

Remote Access Control (RAC)

With RAC, in preview now with a full release in early 2024, authentik Admins are able to access remote Windows/macOS/Linux machines via RDP/SSH/VNC. The preview version already has capabilities for using a bi-directoinal clipboard between the authentik client and the remote machine, audio redirection (meaning you can hear audio from the remote machine on your local instance), and resizing of the window you view of the remote machine.

Mobile authenticator app for authentik

Soon you will be able to download our new authentik authentication app from Apple Store, and a bit further into 2024, from Google Play Store. This app can be used for 2FA/MFA verification when authentik users log in to authentik or access any application managed by an authentik instance. The first release of this app will use number-matching as the default verification process; users will view their authentik authenticator app on their phone, be prompted with a set of three numbers, and then need to select the same number that is displayed on their authentik instance login panel.

Building out our SaaS offering

One of our most exciting, and definitely our biggest, projects for 2024 will be developing our SaaS offering, the hosted, fully-managed Enterprise Cloud. The Enterprise Cloud plan will provide the convenience of our enterprise-level product as a SaaS offering, hosted and managed by Authentik Security. For many organizations, the benefits of decreased operational costs and universal data access (no VPN, servers, and network configuration required) make SaaS the best choice. With the cloud offering, the same enterprise-level support plan is included, and migrating to self-hosted is always an option.

DX and UX and quality-of-life improvements

As we mentioned in our blog about our one-year anniversary, we also plan to spend some time focused on user experience.

  • Increase our focus on UX and ease-of-use, templatizing as much as possible of the frontend components, and developing a UI Style Guide
  • A redesigned website, with more information about our solutions, use cases, and offerings
  • New structure for our technical documentation; leveraging information architecture and user research to make it easier to find what you are looking for in our docs
  • Defining even more robust tests and checks for our CI/CD pipeline and build process
  • Stronger integration and migration testing, both automated and manual
  • Spending more time on outreach and user research to learn what you all want

Yes, a big year ahead

As most of us in the software and technology space know, the hard work of building new features and growing a company is, well, actually kind of fun. Challenging, yes, but always rewarding.

We’d love to hear from you all about our upcoming plans; reach out to us with an email to hello@goauthentik.io or on Discord.

· 11 min read
Marc Schmitt
Rebecca Dodd

authentik is an open source Identity Provider that unifies your identity needs into a single platform, replacing Okta, Active Directory, and auth0. Authentik Security is a public benefit company building on top of the open source project.


With great power (to choose your own tools) comes great responsibility. Not inheriting a legacy toolchain is an infrastructure engineer’s dream, but it can be hard to know where to start.

As the first infrastructure engineer hired to work on authentik, I saw the greenfield opportunities, but also the responsibility and long-term importance of choosing the best stack of tools and build processes. From my past roles, I already knew many of the considerations we would need to factor in.

For example, we know that ease of maintenance is a primary consideration, as is the stability and probable longevity of the tool, how well the tools integrate, and of course the level of support we were likely to get for each tool.

In this post we share some of what we are using to build authentik, and the lessons behind those choices. technology stack for startups

· 7 min read
Jens Langhammer

authentik is an open source Identity Provider that unifies your identity needs into a single platform, replacing Okta, Active Directory, and auth0. Authentik Security is a public benefit company building on top of the open source project.


On November 29th, 2023, Okta revealed that a breach they announced in October was much worse than originally conveyed. The number of impacted users went from less than 1% of customers to every single customer who had every opened a Support ticket in the Okta Help Center.

So the impact leapt from 134 users to 18,400 users.

We wrote in October about Okta’s poor response to breaches (see Okta got breached again), but since our blog doesn’t seem to be changing Okta’s behaviour, let’s take a closer look at the new revelations from Okta about what happened back in October, how it is impacting users now, and why Okta is still dealing with it in December.

Now all of Okta’s customers are paying the price… with increased phishing and spam.

Our take is that any company can be hacked, but it is the response that matters. How quick is the response, how transparent are the details, how forthright are the acknowledgments? Okta’s initial announcement about the October breach (remember the HAR file that contained a session token?) was less-than-timely, devoid of details, and titled with one of the worst titles ever given such a serious announcement.

screenshot of the timeline that Okta published

· 12 min read
Jens Langhammer

authentik is an open source Identity Provider that unifies your identity needs into a single platform, replacing Okta, Active Directory, and auth0. Authentik Security is a public benefit company building on top of the open source project.


Automation plays a large and increasingly important role in cybersecurity. Cybersecurity vendors promote their Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence products as the inevitable future. However, thanks to the work of security experts like Bruce Schneier, we have more insight into the human adversaries that create the underlying risks to network security, and a better understanding of why teaching humans to have a security mindset is the critical first step to keeping your network safe.

The best response to these malicious actors is to think like a security expert and develop the security mindset.

In this blog post, we examine why automation is such a popular solution to cybersecurity problems—from vulnerability scanning to risk assessments. Then, we will look at those tasks in which security automation by itself proves inadequate, with particular focus on automatic scanning. Next, we make a positive case for why the human factor will always be needed in security. Finally, we will propose that good security isn't a feature. It's a proactive security mindset that's required—one with a human element at its core.

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