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5answers
110 views

Why not ask for a password and 2-factor token at the same time?

I have observed a number of web-based login forms that offer 2-factor authentication do token entry on a second form after validating your username and password. Is there a reason not to ask people ...
10
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2answers
956 views

Does having 2-factor authentication help with HeartBleed?

I was talking with a friend about HeartBleed, and he mentioned that he had 2-factor authentication enabled on all the sites that supported it, so even with his username and passwords, nobody would be ...
0
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2answers
497 views

How does Authy works?

I think I knew how does two-factor authentication works. I enter the password. Server generate random number and send me it me by sms. I enter this number. Server check number I entered with ...
3
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3answers
254 views

Does Google/Dropbox/Github Two-Step Verification count as Two-Factor?

This considers the route where somebody does not use the SMS option, but rather using TOTP, and the site offers a generated seed to input. Two factors questionably at use: password: something KNOWN ...
0
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3answers
113 views

Isn't it less secure to use something you are for authentication?

I have to think of this everyday when I close the doors of the shop I work in, a year ago we used to close the shop and arm the alarm using a key fob this means the worst case scenario was that I get ...
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2answers
1k views

Why does Google cripple the 2FA Google Authenticator PAM module?

If you enable 2FA for Google Apps the shared secret is 160 bits. The google_authenticator PAM module on the other hand seems to use 80 bits for the shared secret. According to RFC 4226: R6 - The ...
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2answers
135 views

Does this show the need for a two-factor authentication?

I need some help for my understanding while reading through this authentication scheme in WEP. In a WEP authentication scheme, the station first sends a request for authentication. However, this ...
3
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2answers
343 views

Is OATH TOTP and / or Google Authenticator vulnerable if an attacker has (N) previous codes?

I'm not much of a ipsec initiate, so this is a bit over my head ... but I'm always willing to learn more. Are there any known attacks against OATH TOTP (Google Authenticator's / Authy's algorithm) if ...
9
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4answers
576 views

What is the use of the “secret” displayed when setting up 2 Factor Authentication?

What is the purpose of the "secret" that is displayed when you take the picture of the QR code to set up 2 Factor Authentication on a non-Google site? Why would you need it? If you save it, doesn't ...
0
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2answers
290 views

Do Google 2 Factor Auth backup codes work for logging into Google or other sites?

I set up Google 2 Factor Auth to log into other sites. I see there are backup codes if you lose your device. Are these used only to log into Google, or can they be used to log into other sites?
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2answers
246 views

Why doesn't Google 2 Factor Auth ask for a code? [closed]

I set up Google 2 Factor auth to use 2 Factor Auth with certain sites. But reading over the help suggests that Google 2 Factor Auth is only used to log into Google services like Gmail. But when I log ...
9
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2answers
327 views

NFC used in place of contact based smart card two-factor authentication

My organization is trying to move away from contact based smartcards (because our hardware vendor is no longer integrating them into their current systems) to some other form of two-factor ...
2
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2answers
427 views

How does Google detect new devices for two factor authentication

When you enable two step verification for google accounts, you get sent a code by SMS to enter in addition to your username and password the first time you log in with a new device. How do they ...
5
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2answers
229 views

Do keyfiles actually add any meaningful security in the presence of strong passwords?

In the context of protecting access to local encrypted files or devices against a determined (and competent) adversary, is there any reason to believe that the use of a key file actually presents a ...
2
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1answer
313 views

Is TextKey SMS 2 factor authentication secure against cell phone cloning?

I came across this website today that implements SMS based authentication that works "opposite" most SMS authentication methods. In typical SMS authentication, the provider sends you an access code ...
5
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5answers
3k views

What are the ways to implement two factor authentication?

We have devices that can generate tokens. So we can use tokens with passwords to perform two factor authentication. There are many ways to implement such systems to enhance security. One of two I ...
8
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6answers
514 views

Is there multi-factor authentication for machines?

Most of what I have seen on mutiifactor authentication (eg wikipedia or here on se) seems human centric. Ie it is a human interacting with a machine and the factors are associated with authenticating ...
1
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1answer
251 views

What is more secure for voice and SMS OTP: A random number or generated similar to HOTP?

Many providers are creating OTP authentication for their sign in. However I noticed that all the voice and SMS OTPs I've come across are a series of 6 digits... similar to the HOTP RFC Standard ...
9
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2answers
776 views

What is the risk and mitigation of accidentally typing a YubiKey password in an open forum?

I have a YubiKey in my laptop (for testing) and accidentally broadcast my YubiKey password out to the Internet. Since this is only a test key, and has no access to anything of value, here are some ...
8
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3answers
273 views

If multi factor authentication is enabled, how should that affect self-service password reset?

Given that security is only as secure as its weakest link, suppose I have website with additional authentication enabled in any of these ways: (example, multiple conditions may be required) ...
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1answer
147 views

Does PayPal support a backup code for two-factor auth? [closed]

Google and DropBox have backup codes in case you can't get access to one of the devices you have registered. Does PayPal have a backup code?
4
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5answers
250 views

When should I issue more than one multi-factor device to a user? Is it OK to give several active tokens vs none at all?

Most of the conventional IT.Sec thinking I've seen says that a user can only have one multi factor authentication device. I'd like to challenge that defacto-thinking and ask if there is ever an ...
5
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1answer
186 views

How to solve race condition in 2-factor authentication solutions like RSA Security tokens or Google Authenticator?

One of the reasons we opt to use 2-factor authentication is to minimize the impact of keyloggers. The theory is that even if an attacker is able to observe the user type in the token numbers, they ...
4
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1answer
321 views

Can I re-use another vendor's dual factor token in my own system? (Avoid physical token bloat)

I read the open source multifactor authentication techniques called HOTP RFC 4226 and TOTP RFC 6238 and realized that a single random number is the basis for the token's cryptography... and that this ...
3
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2answers
117 views

Should the serial number of multi factor devices be removed?

I'm trying to understand the relationship between the serial number of a multi factor device and the cryptographic material behind it. I don't want to blindly assume that the serial number is just ...
2
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1answer
2k views

Is it secure to install RSA SecurID Software Tokens on the same computer that will be used to access the VPN?

My office switched from using the old hardware RSA SecurID key tokens to the RSA SecurID Software Tokens and most users have them installed on the same machines they use to access the VPN. I asked ...
1
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1answer
405 views

How does the YubiKey Validation Server work from an encryption perspective?

Many YubiKey servers rely on the free cloud hosted authentication that comes with the product, but I'm interested in keeping all cryptographic material in my control. For that reason I am looking at ...
6
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5answers
504 views

Is behavioural analysis (e.g. keystroke dynamics) a reliable security mechanism for MFA?

The typical set of multi-factor categories is as follows: Something you know (e.g. a password) Something you have (e.g. a hardware token, or key file) Something you are (e.g. a fingerprint or retina ...
5
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2answers
629 views

Does having a passphrase and SSH key qualify as two factor authentication for PCI?

I am working on getting our company's servers PCI SAQ-C compliant (credit card data passes through our system but is not stored by our system). We have SSH access to administer the servers and all ...
3
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2answers
524 views

Two-Factor Authentication: When is it worth it?

I was reading this article, and it triggered the question: Why not use two factor authentication? In his case, it both possibilities were enabled anyway, so this looks to me like it's two attack ...
22
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11answers
2k views

Is it safe to use a weak password as long as I have two-factor authentication?

I'm careful to use strong passwords (according to How Big is Your Haystack, my passwords would take a massive cracking array 1.5 million centuries to crack), I don't reuse passwords across sites, and ...
7
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5answers
659 views

POP3/IMAP Stronger Authentication

We recently deployed a two-factor-authentication solution in order to strength logon to our web applications (one of them is web based mail, Microsoft outlook web access) Most of the users who have ...
7
votes
6answers
2k views

Is tokenless (specifically SMS) 2FA a security compromise over OTP tokens?

I've been looking into the various pros/cons of tokenless (particularly SMS based) and traditional token based two-factor authentication (think RSA SecurID). After doing some research, I think I have ...
5
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2answers
3k views

Full disk encryption and multi-factor authentication

All serious full disk encryption schemes I have looked into use a static password for authentication. For example, TrueCrypt supports two-factor authentication with keyfiles, but not for system ...
2
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5answers
664 views

Do any organizations use Smart Cards other than the military?

The military's Common Access Card (CAC) seems legit. Do other companies/organizations employ their use? If not, why? UPDATE What are the pros/cons of smart cards, compared to other methods?
5
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2answers
717 views

How does multi factor authentication modify the AD authentication process?

I'm trying to understand what would have to be updated to make Windows-based systems support multifactor authentication. Possible things that might have to be modified: Active Directory / Domain ...
1
vote
1answer
109 views

Should the email server/application be protected by 2 factor authentication? What applications should be protected?

When should email be protected by 2 factor authentication? Suppose a given company is in an industry where two factor authentication is offered to some or all of its clients. Does this mean that it ...
2
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2answers
338 views

Restrict user login to a specific machine

How do you restrict user access to a corporate web site to a particular machine ? including the following conditions : Each user is meant to use his credentials ONLY from the assigned machine. The ...
2
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2answers
2k views

Synchronous and Asynchronous physical security tokens: which is stronger? pros/cons?

I'm thinking about the differences between physical authentication tokens such as RSA's synchronous physical tokens or asynchronous challenge/response, like Google's gmail direct-to-phone codes. At ...
4
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1answer
286 views

How many authentication factors are there?

The three classes that we all know and love: Something you know. Something you have. Something you are. I've also seen references to "somewhere you are". Is this really a fourth factor? How many ...
12
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6answers
5k views

How to implement multi factor authentication using a token generator?

I'd like to implement multi factor authentication on a few projects. Now the first factor would be username and password, for the second factor I would like to use a token generator. These tokens ...
18
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12answers
2k views

Why do we even use passwords / passphrases next to biometrics?

In the last couple of days there were a lot of talking about passwords and passphrases, not only here, but on several blogs and forums I follow (especially after XKCD #936 saw the light of this ...
14
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5answers
717 views

Safe way to authenticate (multi-factor authentication?) while being monitored?

(I'm trying for a bit more precise answer, particularly with regard to multi-factor authentication, than I received for "Safe way to use a computer that has spyware/keylogger installed?" on SU.) ...
14
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5answers
765 views

Does two factor authentication prevent social engineering attacks

After reading this article from symantec I got to think how much all these social engineering techniques rely on the authentication system of users, a password. Considering three different additional ...
12
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3answers
3k views

Three-Factor Authentication for Windows

This HowToGeek article... http://www.howtogeek.com/67556/how-to-unlock-your-pc-by-being-nearby-with-a-bluetooth-phone/ ...got me thinking. Is there any software (or combination of software) that ...
24
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4answers
1k views

How is “something you have” typically defined for “two-factor” authentication?

A wide range of products claim to offer "two-factor authentication" (c.v. Two-factor authentication - Wikipedia). Most are deployed as "something you have" to be used in addition to a normal password ...
7
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3answers
1k views

How does LastPass' grid multi-factor authentication work behind the scenes?

I understand how to use the Grid multi-factor authentication as a user but how does it work technically? Specifically how can just a few letters from the grid be enough to decrypt any secret defined ...
4
votes
4answers
776 views

Are there consumer-grade VPN services that support two-factor authentication, like SecurID?

I'd like to increase my VPN security, and Google hasn't turned up anything with regard to VPN services and SecurId. Does anyone know of services like this?
13
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9answers
698 views

Anybody have additional information on the EMC RSA SecurID compromise?

The Security Advisory Press Release here doesn't have much information, the email that alerted me to this didn't help much more, and unfortunately I heard about the two Thursday evening conference ...
14
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10answers
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2 factor authentication - cost effective solution for a web startup

My local bank uses a 2 factor authentication where customers key in password AND a One Time PIN delivered via SMS to mobile phone OR from a security token device. I am doing a web startup in the ...