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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There might be a man in the middle attack against my server

I have a little $7.20/y VPS, and the fingerprint for the ECDSA key has changed three times on me. This time, it happened shortly after I reinstalled the server (same day, in fact.) I always disable ...
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Which factors should I consider for devices that accept handwritten digital signatures?

These days many locations ask you to give your signature on a digital signature pad/device. As I am situated in Europe, the EU directive 1999/93/EC seems to regulate it. From what I have found out ...
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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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Handling session tokens when a users IP changes with extreme frequency

My web service is an API-driven Single-Page-Application. Once the user logs in they're given a temporary token to use for the rest of the session which is sent along with each API request. The token ...
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Is email OTP improving the security for 2 phase authentication?

There has been similar questions before where people say that using some other means (sms, hardware devices, etc.) is a more secure way to provide 2 factor authentication. Provided we don't have an ...
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Why attack detection based on the same user request from different places (e.g. by IP) is not widely used?

There are many ways how an adversary can pretend that he is a legitimate user (like session cookie stealing, bruteforcing the password and what not), but as far as I can see it should be rather hard ...
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If there is a fair way handshake secret? [on hold]

If there is a fair way handshake secret key ? I mean such way that it doesn't favour none of site.
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Why is there a minimum username length?

In some (web) applications there is a minimum length for usernames, usually there is a restriction for a minimum of 6 characteres length. For example, free gmail accounts and miiverse (Nintendo ...
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Verify password hashed with nonce when the password is already hashed on the server?

I found this picture in the Wikipedia nonce article: To avoid sending the password in clear text and prevent replay attacks, the password is hashed together with one random number from the server ...
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Authy: Does multi-device mode imply that all keys are stored on their servers?

My understanding is that if you use Authy, without backups/multi-device options, none of your account keys are stored on their servers. It all resides on your single device. Ie, even if Authy ...
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Can the identity of a person in Nigeria be confirmed? [on hold]

I need to find out if a person is who they say they are. Can that be confirmed?
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why not use hashed password as password [duplicate]

Why dont we use our mobile phone tho hash a password and then enter the hash on a website as the password ? This way the password for the website would be much more complex. Would this even increase ...
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Is encrypted cookie without authentication secure enough?

I have some sensitive data in the cookie, e.g. it contains the user id that is later on used to execute the query and we trust the cookie because it is encrypted. All communication happens only on ...
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How to (further) ensure SSH security?

I set up my Linux Ubuntu machine as an SSH server through no-ip.com and it works great. Recently I discovered the command, sudo lastb -ad -F -w which outputs a log of the most recent failed SSH ...
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How should I securely type a password in front of a lot of people?

I am a manager in an office where the company does not provide a company email, so I use my personal email. Often, I will receive jobs lists by email from my general manager. How should I log in to ...
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Should it be possible in a good software, using a “Change Password” link for a single user, to try to guess passwords for every user of a Application?

I am having a fight with the "Security Expert" of my team about this very basic question and I need help in getting a good valid argument(s). The pretext is as follows: Should it be possible/valid to ...
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Keeping login in sync with third party providers

When you use a third party for authentication (E.g. Google/Facebook javascript SDK), their SDK keeps track of the login status. If I have my own server, which requires an access token of it's own ...
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Computer Security vs Privacy

Probably this is a redundent post but in fact I have been searching online about a precise clear distinction between computer security and privacy. I'd like to know the difference of between them ...
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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 ...
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Account Signup/Login: Code-via-SMS + email verification

In an effort to make the sign-up / login to a mobile app more streamlined, I am considering alternatives to the username/password signup/login. In this case (as is with most mobile apps) login event ...
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TPM based authentication without a trusted third party

Consider a scenario - Device manufacture provides in advance the TPM’s endorsement key certificate(containing EK public key) for device to be deployed. In general, what are the TPM operations that ...
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Does the page that links to my login page need to https?

So I realise the login ajax call must be https, and the page that ajax call is made from should also be https to prevent a man in the middle potentially changing the page and changing the form that ...
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Why are JWT's secure?

I want to make sure that my use of JWT's in authentication is correct. There are a couple of issues that I don't understand. This is my current understanding: When a user logs in, the server will ...
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How secure can you be on an untrusted machine?

I feel like most of what is written about web security assumes you are using a trusted / secure PC. I'd like to consider the opposite: you are using a PC (say, at an internet cafe) which is known to ...
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How can I implement a secure download area on a website which requires an electronic signature?

For quality management purposes, the company I work for would like a system which requires a client to read through a disclaimer and then provide an electronic signature, acknowledging said ...
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Automatic client executable updating

Scenario I am currently developing an application which should automatically update (if applicable) every time it is executed. The update would involve replacing the main.exe and any assets in an ...
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Decrypting a very simple key [closed]

I'm doing a basic cryptography course and a question is asking to to decipher: ...
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Tie key to computer

I have client server application. Is it possible to tie an encryption key to some computer (say my client) such that is key is stolen attacker won't be able to use that key from another computer? ...
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what is the different between X.509 certificate and 2-way SSL? or both are same? [duplicate]

Can anyone clarify what is the difference between an X509 certificate and two-way SSL? or both are same?
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staying not signed in: is it the safest procedure?

each time I do connect to a private or public network I log into websites by keeping the option "stay signed in" or "keep me signed in" unselected, so I have to re-type my username and passwod as ...
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Is it a security issue to allow nearly identical email addresses when registering?

Say you have a website where it is possible to create accounts for all of the following email addresses: 'test@test.com' 'test@test.com ' 'test@test.com;' 'test@test.com;test2@test.com' Should this ...
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Two passwords for one account

Would it be a good idea if you had one account which would require two different passwords ? For example your login details were: email: example@gmail.com password 1: P4$$w0rd1 password 2: ...
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Sharing access-tokens in response header?

What's the best way to share my access tokens, I mean, is it okay to share it in the header as plain-text? - Or do I need to look into e.g.: JWT? Current workflow: -> POST /api/login -d {**creds} ...
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Best Security Method for SSH Access

I have been starting to think about security in a bit more depth recently and have hit a few questions which I would really value opinions on. For years I have had the same SSH Keypair to get to my ...
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Forgotten password or reset link, which is more secure to email?

I originally posted this as a reply here in this thread but didn't get much feedback on it, and now I'm curious as to what others think is the best approach, or if there is any difference between the ...
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Is there any point in using two step authentication if you have strong passwords?

If you are in the habit of using strong passwords (randomly generated by password manager) is there any point in using two step authentication? Assuming that 99% of the time that when you enter a ...
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Is it secure to use the same token as both refresh token and access token?

As far as I understand in OAuth there is a refresh token and there is an access token. The access token cannot be revoked but short-lived and on next refresh access there will be no access token if ...
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multi tenancy and microservices API authentication/authorization

I'm seeking advice on how we may be able to implement authentication and authorization for multitenancy with slightly different number of scenarios. We are building a set of API's which of some are ...
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How to brute force HTTP Basic Authentication requested with XHR?

How can one brute force a website using HTTP Basic authentication using metasploit which uses XHR in background? I am getting error "No URI found that asks for HTTP authentication". Relevant headers ...
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Will Wordpress nonces protect against Login CSRF?

Can Wordpress Nonces be used to protect against Login CSRF? https://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Nonces I glanced through the code for the function and it seems to only be using the User ID for ...
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Access Key In URL - Securing The Unsecured!

I'm having some difficulties doing this the right way (as much as it can go). Some time ago, I've asked a question here, asking for help on how to implement sending an access link through email. ...
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Is a security question you just have to 'remember' a good idea?

I was setting my eBay security questions and one of the choices were: Now I've seen sites that allow you to "type your own question" and "type your own answer" but unless they forgot a text field, ...
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Defense in depth

How is defense in depth strategy different from network security policy? What is the need to name it a "Defense In Depth", although you may simply name it "Network security policy"? Secondly if DID ...
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How do I verify that in-app social login dialogs are secure?

If I have a mobile app that supports some kind of social login feature, say, to login to the app from my Facebook account, and if the app opens the Facebook login page inside the app in a mobile, is ...
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What does it mean to have authentication without confidentiality or authentication without encryption?

I came across these functions m+EeA(H(m)) (for authentication without confidentiality) and m+H(m+k) (for authentication without encryption) and I'm having a bit of a difficult time understanding them. ...
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Saving encrypted username password in session

I have Node.js server which serves an app. In that app you could be asked to login. The login credentials would be authenticated against LDAP. That server could request/post data from other servers ...
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Preventing LSASS from storing clear-text passwords in Kerberos environment

It is a well known security risk that LSASS stores clear-text passwords if a user has performed a keyboard-interactive logon on a machine - be it local login to his/her workstation or using RDP to a ...
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Mobile API Authentication

I'm trying to design an Android Analytic service where every user's application who register in this service needs to download our SDK. The SDK itself need to communicate with our API server. The ...
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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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Recommended policy on password complexity

Is there any research on how how a password complexity policy can increase or decrease the quality of passwords? If you don't have any requirements on the password then probably 90% of users will use ...