Authentication - establishing the authenticity of a person or other entity. Not to be confused with authorization - defining access rights to resources.

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Techniques for bypassing zero length check in javascript?

I am working on a node.js application that allows users to sign up for accounts using social media. When they do this an entry is created in our database with their email address, and a blank ...
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Where are the user credentials stored when remember password is selected?

Provided a user has chosen the remember me option while logged in last time into a web application,how does the web application server identifies the user next time when he logs in? The credentials ...
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What are factors in evaluating the fitness of a security questions?

Attempting to understand the key factors in evaluating the fitness of security questions. By security questions, I mean for example: What was the name of your first pet? In what city was [insert ...
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Logging out of Basic HTTP Authentication

As seen on https://stackoverflow.com/questions/233507/how-to-log-out-user-from-web-site-using-basic-authentication, there are some interesting ways of logging out a user from Basic HTTP ...
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Passwords in plaintext?

I'm doing some research on the App of my telephone operator. I started Burp Suite on my Mac in proxy mode, I opened up the App on my iPhone and started to sniff some traffic. I pressed the "login" ...
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Could Mental Cryptography(?) be useful to ordinary users?

I recently read about 'Mental cryptography' or 'Metal hash' process from this post: Mental cryptography and good passwords (via this message board ...
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Application Authentication [duplicate]

We are developing an Android/iOS app. This app tracks the user's GPS coordinates and send them to the server along with other data. The integrity of the sent data is too critical for our service. We ...
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AD account for authentication on an external system? [on hold]

I am configuring AD authentication for a system, so that we can grant access to an external system using a group in the active directory. The examples I can see, uses the Distinguished Name: ...
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Does a random set of secondary passwords add any security?

My bank uses this rather uncommon policy of authentication. They of course have a password, which has quite strong password patterns like "use alphanumeric characters and symbols, 8+ characters" are ...
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id_rsa key is invalid but stll allow to make authentication [on hold]

I have shared the public key to other server authorized key file. Then i corrupt the private key(i.e delete some contents from the id_rsa file). But still it allow the other server to interact with ...
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Chat encryption system avoiding protocol sniffing and then key+decryption replay?

I'm working on a chat system and I want to add it some kind of security (not just HTTPS with SSL since I've read it can be sniffed and decrypted with a few tools). Now, my knowledge in cryptography is ...
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False Whois domain data [migrated]

A domain name I'm interested in came up as registered to someone in the Netherlands two days ago when I first looked for it. I didn't take down the details but the expiry date was in 2015 and person ...
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Should I validate authentication form inputs?

I've got a login page with a form where they can input their account's email address and password. I'm doing the following things before even attempting to authenticate a user: Validating the email ...
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Is PassFace Authentication System secure?

In the passface authentication system, whether the passfaces are selected by the users or assigned by the system? Is such system secure? How is user's passface stored on the server side?
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Is address information sensitive for companies or individuals during registration?

I am designing a web site that contains external suppliers to register and keep their information with the company up to date. We already have a db with EIN, SSN numbers and their addresses. One of ...
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Is it possible to Spoof a TeamViewer ID?

I am using 2 forms of remote access to my Windows Server 2008 machine, both go to the Admin account since we only use it to host a Minecraft (MC) Server. Remote Desktop, that goes over a custom port ...
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Is the session key system that I use for authenticating users of my Google Cloud Messaging application secure?

The system works as follows: The user registers a username with the server over HTTPS, which generates a random 256 bit number, converts it to base 64, stores it on the server database alongside the ...
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Securing server to server http communication

We are trying to come up with a scheme to secure http communication between our internal servers. Are there any good established schemes out there? The requirements we have are: The clients and ...
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Escape from <script> to cause a XSS (XSS when reflection is already under <script>) [duplicate]

I am trying my level best to solve this issue i am totally not able to create a XSS i still thinks it to be a vulnerability and i think it is exploitable. I am frustrated around it for 8 days . Please ...
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Password verification scheme (used in eg. MS Office) - more secure than just a hash?

Usual password verification schemes stores a salted password hash and the salt. If the hash is good and computational costly, it is considered secure. However an alternate version (used in Microsoft ...
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Four-factor authentication

I'm sure you've all heard of two-factor/multi-factor authentication. Basically it comes down to these factors: Knowledge - something you know (e.g. password, PIN, pattern) Possession - something you ...
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NFS IP spoofing

I am using VirtualBox: where the guest is an Arch ISO and the host Windows/Cygwin or a generic Linux. For sharing host folders, VB native shared folders is not an option (since the setup requires ...
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Is my authentication persistence system design secure?

This system is for a personal file upload and sharing web application made with PHP. When a user logs into the application, it has the option to "stay logged in" after closing and reopening their ...
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Global user override - Uncomfortable

We have recently started a project with a service provider who is a little old fashioned in their ways. They provide a product but don't market it particularly well, so we (as users of the product) ...
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HMAC based algorithm for publicly sharing authenticated messages

I am trying to design an algorithm for publicly sharing authenticated messages. Obviously, asymmetric public/private key schemes do this, but I want to avoid the requirement that users have to keep ...
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Why does ssh `known_hosts` file need server name?

When I push/pull repos on GitHub over SSH, sometimes there will a message about unidentified server and asks if I want to trust and add it to known_hosts. Apparently this is because GitHub has ...
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How to evaluate authentication for a WAP portal?

I am trying to evaluate a security authentication for a WAP portal. The authentication works by asking the customer for his unique MSISDN and then a secret pin code is sms to client. In this is a ...
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Security considerations for RESTlike HTTP API of an embedded system

I'm designing a HTTP service for an embedded device and wondering if the following security concept is good enough: SSL(Up to Version 3) is enabled by default, TLS is not by limitations of the ...
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Secure log in without sending plain test to server

I know this question asked so many times, but here I am again with it. I am working on an application in which I need to log-in users but the question is it is not a good Idea to send user credentials ...
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Authentication vs. Verification in General and with Biometrics

I am reading The Basics of Information Security, 2nd. Ed., Andress, Jason. He says on p.25, "Identity verification is a step beyond identification, but it is still a step short of authentication, ...
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Is this login flow via an authenticated email account safe?

I want to have users log in by entering an email, and then proving that they control that email. I only care that they do control the email, and so want to avoid add another password to the process if ...
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How safe is to secure sensitive content by URL with MD5 hash and no other authorization?

Suppose we have website that use MD5 hash in URL like this: http://somewebsite.com/XXX/ where XXX is MD5 hash. Content of this website may have sensitive information like transaction details with ...
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Closely spaced failed logins in auth.log

I have a raspberry-pi (running GNU/Linux) and I recently allowed my router to forward port 22 (ssh) to the raspberry-pi so that I could log in while away from home. I then noticed a bunch of ...
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Security of a Random Password

i. If I choose random password of length say 15 from the alphabet set of size 94 i.e. from the search space of 94^15, is my password protected against all kind of threats? ii. Will there be any need ...
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Verification code generation and expiration

I am trying to implement an application that includes registration, In order to register to the system the user shall enter his organization ID number let's say. To verify the user identity, a ...
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What is the difference between session fixation and session recreation?

I have read that both of them are conventionally the same. But there must be a few differences which differentiates the two terms. Anyone please explain.
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One time passwords using Mobile phones [closed]

It is safe to assume that the majority of users accessing the internet also possess the mobile phones. So can we take advantage of this and relieve users of remembering any passwords. Instead of ...
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What are the disadvantages of implementing HTTP authentication in a web application? [duplicate]

I know that there are different types of authentication mechanisms available. One among them is the HTTP authentication. What is the danger in using this method compared to other methods?
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Secure REST API and Single Page App by using external OAuth 2 Authorization Code

I am trying to understand how to implement an OAuth 2 Authorization Code flow when having both a single page JS app and a REST API. The aim is to secure access to the REST API by offloading ...
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drupal external authentication - how to handle password?

I need to implement an architecture someone else designed. They have a drupal as user interacting component, and an external authentication module. To authenticate, from drupal, username and ...
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Idea for an algorithm to authenticate users with zero-knowledge-proof [need thoughts/review]

I have an idea for an algorithm. I don't know if I made any mistakes and need some extra thoughts/peer review on it. This would work as an (almost)zero knowledge proof for sending passwords that can ...
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Authentication between two internal servers

I have two internal servers that are going to communicate with each other; they speak HTTP/TLS. Is there a best practice for authenticating communications between internal servers? Short of a best ...
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Ubuntu backup to only specific devices

I am looking into setting up a secure Ubuntu server with daily backups to two different external hard drives that will be swapped with the external hard drive that is stored in a safe deposit box. ...
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Can extra loading times on login attempts be a security threat?

I have a web application built with PHP with a login page where the visitor is supposed to enter his / her account's email address and matching password. Since I'm using the PHP native (slow) hashing ...
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Why would HTTP client only send authentication headers once an unauthenticated request was rejected?

The default usage of HttpClient and HttpWebRequest .NET classes is setting Credentials property and then asking the class instance to perform an HTTP request. If the target requres Basic authorization ...
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Protecting data on a remote device

Background I have am developing a service which consists in a small headless client device (e.g. OLinuXino) which will contain sensitive data. The device will be plugged to a remote network (maybe ...
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What kind of factor is a physical signature?

I'm familiar with the basics of multi-factor authentication. Now I'm trying to understand how a physical signature, as written on, say, a check or a credit card receipt, would be classified: Is it ...
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Can I scratch off the magnetic strip off a debit card to only allow chip and PIN?

I have been robbed in the past by thieves using my HSBC Debit Card (issued by UAE branch) to purchase mobile phones and accessories by signing for the purchases. While the card has chip & PIN ...
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Link Layer authenticated encryption vs authentication

Many security articles discuss about adding an extra layer of security at the link layer by either authenticating the data at the link layer authenticating and encrypting it. If we have ...
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Does Ally Bank's trusted image system actually make login safer? [duplicate]

Ally Bank uses a 'trusted image' system to supposedly make login more secure. I can't find evidence that this is standard practice, so I'll explain it. When creating an account, you choose an image ...