Spring Security – Multiple authentication providers

An AuthenticationManager is responsible for passing requests through a chain of AuthenticationProviders. It is very much similar to the filter chain in a typical web application.

These authentication providers are tried in the order shown (which is implied by the use of a List instead of a Set), with each provider able to attempt authentication, or skip authentication by simply returning null. If all implementations return null, the ProviderManager will throw a suitable exception.

Below is the spring bean configuration which can be used for setting up multiple authentication providers in your Spring application using Spring Security.


Sample 1:-

Sample 2:-

In the above sample configuration, both the declared authentication providers will be registered with authentication manager.

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He is an Enterprise Java Specialist holding a degree in Engineering (B-Tech) with over 10 years of experience in several industries. He's currently working as Principal Architect at Emirates Group IT since 2005. Prior to this he has worked with Oracle Corporation and Ernst & Young. His main specialization is on various web technologies and acts as chief mentor and Architect to facilitate incorporating Spring as Corporate Standard in the organization.
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2 thoughts on “Spring Security – Multiple authentication providers

  1. Hi,
    I am working to retrieve the password. the user is authenticated against org.springframework.security.ldap.authentication.ad.ActiveDirectoryLdapAuthenticationProvider. Since I cant retrieve a password from this provider, I wrote a custom provider that implements AuthenticationProvider and referred it in the auth manager config. I get the password from the method – public Authentication authenticate(Authentication authentication) throws AuthenticationException , but I was not able to store it for later use, please advice. Thank you.

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