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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Could a spoken (TTS) SMS-based 2FA be intercepted?

In mid-June, Lastpass made news again, and I've since been mowing around the idea of two-factor authentication. After familiarizing myself with SMS and Google Authenticator, I thought the SMS was a ...
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How can mobile sign-on be secured from imposter authentication screens?

History seems to have come almost full circle where old issues are shown in new/emerging technologies. Background If you trust the operating system, Windows originally had the Control - Alt - Delete ...
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Vulnerabilities despite FIDO U2F?

FIDO U2F seems much more secure than one-time-passwords (OTP), especially TOTP, because of the challenge-response architecture. In what ways is a U2F user still vulnerable? I presume if a user's ...
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How can storing a userId as client-side-sessions be safe?

The documentation for session handling in ninjaFramework states: [...] Ninja uses so called client-side sessions. The cookie itself stores the information you want to attach to that session. ...
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Securing REST API with HMAC and basic auth

I was wondering if giving users choice of a method for securing their access to API would be a good idea. Background: We are creating and deploying applications for our customers, which help them do ...
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Token based approach to authentication over SSL Rest API - refresh tokens

I'm quite a newbie at security. I'm developing an android app with a token based approach to authentication. I'm not using Oauth as the OAuth 2.0 is not an authentication protocol but rather used to ...
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Protection of eduroam credentials

Recently my educational institution officially switched over from the their own wireless network to eduroam. If I understand correctly from the FAQ, credential authentication is performed on the ...
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Taking password letters not whole one, is this secure? [duplicate]

I found a site which is taking password letters from their users not the whole password. Is this secure? Or do they have saved password as salted hash (MD5)?
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How secure is this token url for subcontractors with no accounts?

Imagine you are a cab company that subcontracts independent drivers to drive within certain cities and towns. You send the subcontractor a link to a page that has fields for the subcontractor to ...
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What is a AUTH-KEY in the security of the computers?

I'm studying security in computers and in particular the URL Spoofing. I understand that a form of URL spoofing is phishing. Then I read that a countermeasure against phishing is the authentication ...
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AD User vs SQL User for SQL Server Authentication

My company has multiple web applications that we deploy to customer sites. Often the customer has the final say in deployment options in which often it shocks me. Many of these customers are ...
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Authentication on remote, unmanned, unconnected machines/devices

What proven methods exist for authentication of a user on remote, unconnected machines/devices where establishing unique login credentials for the users isn't practical due to the number of ...
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Improving stateless REST API authentication token - or ditch it for database persistence?

I'm looking to implement stateless REST authentication into an API. I've been reading up on articles here, and have implemented an idea that works, but I was hoping to get some feedback on its ...
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SSH cache secrets

Why does SSH use public key crypto each time you connect to the server? RSA/DSA are computationally expensive, so why can't they just be used the first time to share a secret, and then in the future ...
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Understanding Digital Certification as as a whole starting from a normal http request

I am very new to security and i do not come from an IT background. Please pardon me if i ask some very simple and questions that don't make sense. I am trying to understand the difference between ...
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Why self-signed https is less trustworthy than unencrypted http?

It wouldn't be far-fetched to guesstimate that at least 50% of the web traffic can be intercepted in 2014. However, a guesstimate of active interception attacks is likely an order of magnitude ...
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What attacks, if any, are possible against Security Support Provider Interface (SSPI)?

I've been looking at SSPI recently, as it is used for authentication in a variety of Microsoft products. From the looks of it, it's based on GSSAPI and provides an abstraction for wrapping various ...
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My IP address switched suddenly and then switched back

Sometimes I look at the login history of my blog account (a Tumblr blog) to make sure no one else is logging in (because I have private posts that I want to keep private). Even though today I ...
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OS login password: How does it work?

I am making an application to create a password for a user. I am a bit baffled over how it all works though. Namely I want to be sure that my application will store the correct hash so the user can ...
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Is using a public-key for logging in to SSH any better than saving a password?

Using a public/private key pair is fairly convenient for logging in to frequented hosts, but if I'm using a key pair with no password, is that any safer (or less safe) than a password? The security ...
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How dangerous is reflected request query strings?

I have discovered a possible security flaw in a login for a site that many people rely on. I won't say the site but in the URL there is something similar to ...
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How do RSA fingerprints protect from MITM attacks?

I understand that RSA fingerprints are used to verify that you are really connecting directly to who you want to connect to, and not someone else posing as that site. Like when you do a git push, it ...
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Active directory authentication and authorization for an application

Currently all our applications are web based and our authentication and authorization mechanism is always through the database. eg database logins and access controls defined at database. However now ...
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Does using WPA2-Enterprise just change the attack model vs WPA2-PSK?

As far as I can tell based on the reading I've done so far, WPA2-Enterprise uses the same encryption and security algorithms and methods as WPA2-PSK, with the addition of using another service for ...
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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 ...
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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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Enabling MFA in Windows 7 [migrated]

How does one set on Windows 7 that you have to login with 2 methods? For example, first time with your password and then you are forced to use fingerprint or smart card ... and after that your PC will ...
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Can TLS provide integrity/authentication without confidentiality

It was a bit surprising when wikipedia has switched to TLS because we all know it's public information available to anyone, but I suppose that the real purpose for that is to provide ...
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Bi-directional authentication in OpenVPN

I have an OpenVPN gateway setup. A CA was created on the same server with Easy-RSA. Each OpenVPN client has its own certificate-key pair issued with the abovementioned CA. Server has its own ...
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Choosing token over Session or vice versa?

I wanted to build a secure user interaction to the server, but I stumbled upon using either token or session. Here are couple of options that I thought about: I learned JWT, built a token, and send ...
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Why use a proxy to hide OAuth client credentials in password grant calls?

In a November 2014 article by Alex Bilbie, OAuth users were advised against making the client send its credentials (client_id and client_secret) when performing Resource Owner Password grant calls. ...
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What is the goal of sign a key in BrowserID certificate?

I'm learning about the Mozilla Auth. it has an implementation of SRP protocol in https://github.com/mozilla/fxa-auth-server/blob/master/docs/overview.md and his client; example is ...
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Signup/Signin with Mobile+PIN

Telegram implements signup/signin with mobile number and a 5-digit one-time password. I believe the flow to be something along the lines of this: Grab the mobile number, generate an OTP, cache it ...
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Is it secure to have an iPad app run a webDAV server on localhost without authentication?

I have two iPad apps running on the same device. One is hosting a webDAV server on http://localhost:8080 without any authentication (the server is active whilst the app is foregrounded, and for a few ...
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Low-resolution account enumeration with Office365

I am interested in the intersection of account enumeration and single sign-on. Often, there will be SSO-only and non-SSO users alongside each other in an application, and in terms of improved ...
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3 way authentication

Can someone please tell me what does 3 way authentication mean? I cannot understand this concept? Now if there are two people A and B A challenges B with a question B gives the answer and B ...
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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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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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Ouath2 how does it work (Android client)

I have read a lot about Oauth2 but still cannot understand, how does it work. I will explain how do I understand this protocol. There are some main characters in Oauth protocol interaction. User, ...
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Is this legally reverse engineering - unsecured API [migrated]

Is it (in a legal sense) reverse engineering to 'hack' into a completely unsecured API? Simple REST API used in Android app No SSL (just strait HTTP) Passwords are sent in plain text over this ...
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Is there any authentication scheme relying only on the “secret” question?

I know it's standard for websites to use usernames and passwords to authenticate users. From what I've read, question based authentication is usually used to either reset a password, or employ ...
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Saving Authentication Tokens to Third-Party Websites

So Flickr allows you to authenticate users to your app via app_key and secret and returns an authentication token. I want to securely save that authentication token in my database, but also be able to ...
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How do I make or get computer certificates to use with IPSEC user authentication on Windows?

I am having trouble and need some direction using computer certificates with Windows 7 firewall IP Security rules, using certificates only for user authentication. I can get everything to work ...
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Does the carrier network autheticates itself to the SIM card?

From my understanding this is how SIM authentication works: When the mobile device starts up it obtains IMSI from the SIM card and send it to the operator network Operator network finds the Ki(128 ...
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Different password for each login - based on some variable

This might sound a silly question, but I was thinking this as and extra option(which is not required) mainly for advanced users, who want to protect their accounts even more. Lets consider that other ...
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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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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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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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OpenVPN username and password authentication only - unsafe?

Is it safe to only use username and password (and server certificate) for OpenVPN connection authentication? Are username or password ever transmitted in plaintext to the OpenVPN server? I found a ...
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Diffie-Hellman and MIM attack, and server identity

Diffie-Hellman and MIM attack: When variants of Diffie-Hellman algorithms like DHE, ECDHE etc. are used in SSL handshake for key exchange then can it become prone to man in middle (MIM) attack. ...