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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How secure is CertiVox M-PIN?

CertiVox have designed a system with the aim of "getting rid of passwords". Essentially the system authenticates users with two factors of authentication: A 4 digit PIN and a token stored within the ...
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Save application autostart login token on computer

I need to login desktop application while autostart on server (like skype does). What is the best practice to save authentication token (password)? Should I use something like RSA encryption (which ...
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Do security questions subvert passwords?

Do security questions subvert hard to crack passwords? For example, if a site requires passwords with a certain scheme (length + required character sets) and has a security question, why would someone ...
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How do Travel Sentry locks work? (supposedly openable only by security agencies)

Apparently Travel Sentry locks can only be opened: by their owner, by the TSA, CATSA and "other security agencies". How do they work technically? Is there some electronics embedded with ...
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Why is information obtained from public records considered a secure way of confirming your identity?

Various financial institutions, government agencies, etc., use public records information to confirm people's identities, as touched upon in UPS my choice -- How can I access my public records? The ...
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Why isn't open WiFi encrypted?

As far as I understand, WiFi networks that require no password send traffic through the air unencrypted. Those that require a password encrypt each connection uniquely, even if they're all using the ...
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Certificate chaining:Intermediate Certificate Authorities

Wikipedia says: For example, if a certificate issued to "example.com" and issued by "Intermediate CA1", and the visiting web browser trusts "Root CA", trust may be established in the following manner: ...
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How do I prevent my twin sister's “pulled from public record” information from being used when I try to answer security questions?

Several times in the past months, I have been asked security questions that are "pulled from public record" to verify my identity, either over the phone or on a website (Chase Bank, Walgreens ...
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Windows server 2012 R2 - delay before certificates start working [migrated]

I have this weird unexplained delay before the certificates i put in my servers start actually working it goes something like this: I add the certificates snap-in to mmc to manage the computer ...
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Using OAuth 2.0 without token storage

I am building a system for a product which requires Authentication and Authorization. Naturally I have chosen using OAuth 2.0 as it is a commonly used protocol and has proven to be useful. I am ...
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What to do about “approved” direct banking MITM sites like sofort.com?

Brussels Airlines allows several payment types, only two of which are free: Maestro and Sofort Banking: The second option was new to me, but direct debit is usually a free and practical way to pay: ...
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Does Convergence solve the problem of hacked CAs?

My question is about the Firefox AddOn Convergence. So my question is if it is possible for convergence to observe that a phishing-site which is verified by fake Certificate because a hacker of a CA ...
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Centralized authorization with distributed service providers

I'm thinking about implementing a single sign on service with a centralized permissions management for a distributed network of service providers (so authentication as well as authorization). The ...
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Is This DIY Password Authentication Scheme Acceptable?

This is mostly a thought experiment for client/server communication, and I want to know the flaws. When a user account is created (with U as the username and P as the password,) I generate a random ...
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Ways to secure administrative pages of a portable site

I made a CMS (using PHP) that is basically drag and drop to be live (under linux/apache hosts), now I need the communications between the administrative/login pages of said CMS and the client (recent ...
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static vs dynamic vs challenge response

I am taking a security class. The slides say that smartcards usually use one of three types of authentication protocols: static, dynamic and challenge response. What is the difference between these?
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Session Management for Private Key Passphrases in a Web Application

Use Case I would like to encrypt data in a database for a Web Application. The following requirements exist: Decryption should only be possible when a user provides a passphrase Encryption should ...
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What stops an SSH server from MITMing logins?

When I read this question about what gets signed with the private key by the client I wondered: What stops the following scenario from happening: A client connects to an SSH server. The SSH server ...
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How does Facebook Lite send user and password when login? [on hold]

I've recently tried to sniff username and password from Facebook Lite app for Android. I checked HTTP POST packets but I didn't see any of them. It seemed like FB Lite app didn't send username and ...
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How secure is a password app that stores both the password and two factor secret in one place?

Take for example 1Password, that now can store your password and one time password secret in a single place (your 1Password vault). I know it isn't truly two-factor anymore, but how much better is it ...
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Why do I have to use multiple Keys for each direction and purpose?

I'm currently writing an examen about 'Lessons Learned in the IT-Security'. I already found some thing, which shouldn't be done. But right now I'm in trouble finding the reasons why not to do so. ...
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How does a user get authorized wihtout authentication

I have a back-end (API) and a front-end, eg a web server, and I have users and ID-providers. The web server is provided by a third aprty and it may just as well be a mobile app, but whatever the case ...
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Is there any security risk, if the database with key handles for U2F devices are leaked?

Is there any risk, if a database of U2F device key handles are leaked? Enrolling a key works by: Send Enroll request with "AppID" to U2F device. U2F device answers with "Key Handle, Public Key". ...
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secure use of psexec?

As of March 7, 2014 PsExec now "encrypts all communication between local and remote systems, including the transmission of command information such as the user name and password under which the remote ...
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Should I create one key pair per customer as Service Provider in SAML?

This is more or less the reverse of what's asked in this question. I recently added SSO with SAML to a SaaS Web application making said application the Service Provider (SP). This is done so ...
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Logging login events on my Windows 7 desktop OS to a file [migrated]

I suspect someone is login into my computer when I check event viewer. Is it possible to have a script on windows 7 to record every login onto my windows 7 desktop pc?
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SIP Provider stores credentials, is it required for some SIP phones?

My SIP provider stores my SIP call time password as AES encrypted in stead of hashed. I understand that SIP authentication has the capability to NOT store the password, and in stead store a ...
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SSL/TLS client authentication - practical client cert validation

How do real HTTPS servers validate client certificates? My context is business-to-business rather than regular human clients. I understand basic chain validation to a trusted root CA cert. But do ...
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What is a 'host identity' in the 'Host Identity Protocol' (HIP)

I'm a little confused about terminology in the Host Identity Protocol (HIP) The two distinct terms Host Identity and Host Identifier are described in https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc4423#section-3 ...
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Bypassing CVE-2010-4478 (J-PAKE parameter validation) in OpenSSH 5.1

Did anyone successfully exploit CVE-2010-4478 in the past? This is insufficient validation of the J-PAKE public key parameters in OpenSSH up to 5.6. I'm dealing with a vulnerable machine running ...
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Locking access to remote DB from a freely downloadable app (that acces the DB)

If I want to publish a software that needs to interact directly with a remote database, I will have to put on the software all the required credentials and logic to have the access from the program ...
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HTTP Server: Response time on login request

I have a site on which I would like to prevent an unauthenticated attacker from knowing if an account exists. On the site, passwords are hashed using bcrypt, so login requests must do a bcrypt ...
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How to manage a custom session in a webapp?

I was reading through the OWASP Cheat Sheet and something mentioned in the "Weak Authentication and Session Management" row did not make sense to me. It is recommended in the Design Column, that ...
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two factor authentication without TLS/SSL

It seems silly to ask about using two-factor authentication without TLS/SSL but, I have a vendor that is using public IP without TLS and asking for login creds. Would the login be more secure if ...
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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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Why doesn't the OS authenticate itself to me?

Sometimes it occurs to me, when doing something like a brew install, or really anything on a CLI (though I suppose this is also true of GUIs to a marginally lesser extent) that prompts me for a ...
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Storing server generated passwords

There are some applications that generate passwords for you. Consider a case where you sign in via Facebook, the application (let's call it NEWAPP) verifies your sign in on the server using FB tokens ...
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how to get cookies from aspx site to use it with hydra

I've been playing around with Hydra and .aspx site and I've hit a bit of a snag - Hydra responds letting me know that the first 16 passwords in my password list are correct when none of them are. ...
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OAuth2 vs. JSON authentication

1) To what extent is OAuth2 more secure than JSON authentication (both over SSL)? The context is a client (one server) querying another server (via API) within a local network using RESTFul. Prior to ...
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Securing anonymous website posts

Can a website allow users to securely post anonymously, while still allowing these posts to be edited by the original author at a later time and preventing editing by other users? In this context, ...
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Designing a security system for road pricing

It's my first semester with Information Security and I still feel a little lost. Sorry in advance for stupid mistakes I may have made. the examples in round brackets below are my own ideas, wrote ...
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Windows Authentication to protect API

One of my colleagues has a web api call that is checking that the user is logged in and his token matches what is in session (thanks to all of you for your help). Let's say this is layer blue. After ...
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Is injecting a second Authenticity_Token on a login request considered a security threat?

I'm running a security test on a website. The login request looks like this: POST /sessions HTTP/1.1 Host: example.com User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:37.0) ...
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QR-code based credential retrieval?

This is a sort of design review question that I'm hoping is suitable for this site. I am designing a system that uses a cloud service to establish a secure connection between a PC and a mobile ...
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is IPSEC Authentication between local domain hosts a part of normal behaviour in a Windows network?

I am seeing lot of IPSEC Authentication messages in eventlogs of Windows domain hosts. I was wondering if this - setting up IPSEC connections between domain workstations is a part of normal Windows ...
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Two-Step vs. Two-Factor Authentication - Is there a difference?

These days, there's pretty much three forms of authentication in general use on the web: Single-factor authentication, e.g.: PIN or password. Two-factor authentication, e.g.: Single-factor plus a ...
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How secure are the FIDO U2F tokens

Google and Yubico just announced the availability of cryptographic security tokens following the FIDO U2F specification. Is this just another 2FA option, or is this significantly better than solutions ...
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Purpose for “One Time Use Token”

I'm connecting a Salesforce ORG with a third party vender through a custom API (they basically wrote it just for us). The API requires you to retrieve a "token" that you pass into other calls through ...
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Pre-Requisites for Mutual Authentication

For Mutual Authentication, the client must contain the CA certificate of the Server and his own Certificates, and the server must contain the CA certificate of the Client and his own Certificates.In ...
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Is a website published in an obscure directory comparably secure to being placed behind a login? [duplicate]

Let's say I create a microsite for a client that contains confidential business information. We need to place this in a location the client can access, in order for them to approve for launch. If we ...