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Introduction

When redirecting back to your application after a successful OAuth2 authentication, the following error occurs:

ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS

Solution

This error occurs when the redirect URL set under the authorization service(Google, Facebook … etc) is not defined as a permitted URL inside your application.

The permitted URL is the one which can be accessed without authentication.

When the authorization service redirects to a non-permitted URL, the application will redirect back to the authorization service for further authentication and the process enters in a loop which doesn’t end causing ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS error to occur.

In order to permit the access to the callback URL with Spring Boot, you need to extend WebSecurityConfigurerAdapter and override the security configuration as the following:

@Configuration
@EnableOAuth2Sso
public class ApplicationSecurity extends WebSecurityConfigurerAdapter {
    
    @Override
    protected void configure(HttpSecurity http) throws Exception {
        http
          .antMatcher("/**")
          .authorizeRequests()
            .antMatchers("/", "/login**","/callback/", "/webjars/**", "/error**")
            .permitAll()
          .anyRequest()
            .authenticated();
    }
 
}

In the above block, we consider /callback as our redirect URL, so we permit the access to it using permitAll() while we still secure the access for other URLs.

Summary

When the authorization service redirects to a non-permitted URL, the application will redirect back to the authorization service for further authentication and the process enters in a loop which doesn’t end causing ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS error to occur.

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