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Understanding Solid Authentication

Exploring the workings of OpenID Connect, the Solid Community Server implementation, and reverse-engineering client authentication with Python requests.

Solid Authentication Overview

A presentation prepared for the 'Data Ecosystems Lab'


This blog article delves into several key aspects of Solid authentication and OpenID Connect, providing insights into the mechanisms and practical implementation details:

  • Introduction to Solid and OpenID Connect: An overview of the Solid framework and how OpenID Connect (OIDC) serves as a foundational technology for secure authentication.
  • The Solid Community Server's Authentication Process: A closer look at how the Solid Community Server implements OIDC and the intricacies involved in user verification.
  • Reverse Engineering Authentication with Python: Step-by-step guidance on how to reverse engineer client authentication processes using the Python requests library.
  • Jupyter Notebook Demonstration: A practical example showcasing the authentication flow within a Jupyter notebook, accessible for interactive learning and experimentation.
  • Flow Charts and Visual Aids: The inclusion of original and comprehensive flow charts to visualize the authentication sequence as defined by the Solid project.

If you want to deploy solid on a self hosted kubernetes cluster checkout this blog post

Presentation Slides

Flow Chart

Jupyter Notebook

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