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You can have as many as you would like. It will try them in order and if all have been tried a suitable exception will be thrown. You can provide multiple <security:authentication-provider> tags inside the <security:authentication-manager> namespace. Alternatively you can declare a bean of type org.springframework.security.providers.ProviderManager and set a list of providers on it.