Spring Security 5.8 and 6.0 are now GA

Releases | Steve Riesenberg | November 21, 2022 | ...

On behalf of the team and everyone who has contributed, we are very excited to announce the general availability of Spring Security 6.0! In addition, we are pleased to announce the general availability of Spring Security 5.8, which is provided to simplify upgrading to 6.0.

Spring Security 6 requires JDK 17 and uses the jakarta namespace. Among its many features, upgrading to Spring Security 6 will bring you:

  • Improved session management

  • Improved AOT processing

  • Security metrics and traces

  • Several defense-in-depth enhancements

  • A simplified authorization framework

Check out What’s New in Spring Security 5.8 and What’s New in Spring Security 6.0 for a comprehensive list of new features.

You can also see the release notes for 5.8.0-M1, 5.8.0-M2, 5.8.0-M3, 5.8.0-RC1, 5.8.0, 6.0.0-M1, 6.0.0-M2, 6.0.0-M3, 6.0.0-M4, 6.0.0-M5, 6.0.0-M6, 6.0.0-M7, 6.0.0-RC1, 6.0.0-RC2, and 6.0.0 for an in-depth view.

Breaking Changes

Being a major release, 6.0 also comes with several breaking changes, like the removal of WebSecurityConfigurerAdapter. We understand that taking breaking changes requires extra work for you, and at the same time, we feel that these changes will lower Spring Security’s learning curve and result in simpler and more secure applications.

To prepare your application for these breaking changes, Spring Security released 5.8 and an accompanying migration guide. It is recommended that you first upgrade to 5.8, following the steps outlined in the 5.8 migration guide and then the subsequent steps in the 6.0 migration guide.

Staying on 5.x? 5.8 is for you, too.

If you will be staying on the 5.x line for a time, it is still recommended that you update to 5.8.

The 5.8 release by itself brings numerous enhancements, such as session handling improvements, expanded support for the AuthorizationManager API, and additional defense in-depth with support for CSRF BREACH. Check out What’s New in Spring Security 5.8 for a list of new features available in the release.


As always, we look forward to hearing your feedback on GitHub and your questions on StackOverflow!

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