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OpenID Connect Support for Amazon Cognito

by Jeff Barr | on | in Amazon Cognito | | Comments

This past summer, we launched Cognito to simplify the task of authenticating users and storing, managing, and syncing their data across multiple devices. Cognito already supports a variety of identities — public provider identities (Facebook, Google, and Amazon), guest user identities, and recently announced developer authenticated identities.

Today we are making Amazon Cognito even more flexible by enabling app developers to use identities from any provider that supports OpenID Connect (OIDC). For example, you can write AWS-powered apps that allow users to sign in using their user name and password from Salesforce or Ping Federate. OIDC is an open standard enables developers to leverage additional identity providers for authentication. This way they can focus on developing their app rather than dealing with user names and passwords.

Today’s launch adds OIDC provider identities to the list. Cognito takes the ID token that you obtain from the OIDC identity provider and uses it to manufacture unique Cognito IDs for each person who uses your app. You can use this identifier to save and synchronize user data across devices and to retrieve temporary, limited-privilege AWS credentials through the AWS Security Token Service.

Building upon the support for SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) that we launched last year, we hope that today’s addition of support for OIDC demonstrates our commitment to open standards. To learn more and to see some sample code, see our new post, Building an App using Amazon Cognito and an OpenID Connect Identity Provider on the AWS Security Blog. If you are planning to attend Internet Identity Workshop next week, come meet the members of the team that added this support!