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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Password-free logins using your email address only?

The state of logins is horrendous. With each site having it's own rules for passwords, it can be very hard to remember what variation you used on any given site. Logins are pure pain. One thing I ...
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Implementing OAuth flow in JavaScript

I am making a custom auth flow for the application. It is inspired by OAuth 2.0. Dev sends user to an auth page on my domain, passing callback_url and api_id. I redirect user to callback_url, passing ...
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Can I use a CDN for static content without sacrificing SSL keys?

I would like to use a CDN for the static content of a website. But obviously I do not wish to share my SSL key with any external service. What are my options? An ideal solution would be to link to ...
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SSL/TLS Question [closed]

I am currently working on my SSL/TLS assignment and I got a question to ask. What is the use of a login password since it is not needed for establishing secret communication between your computer and ...
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OWASP Recommendation on Client-Side Password Hashing

The OWASP Application Security FAQ recommends the use of JavaScript to produce a salted hash of the password client-side with JavaScript prior to sending it to the server. Is this something truly ...
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how to store key securely [duplicate]

I will receive some secret key from server which I will use as an authentication key for a MAC function in the future. But my question is how do I store this key securely on my machine? Will I have to ...
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Is there a security advantage to requiring a user id instead of just /me in an api request?

Is there a security advantage to requiring a request to conform to /api/1234 instead of /api/me? Both would obviously have access tokens. My guess is that api/1234 is more secure because if someone ...
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Isn't OpenID over HTTP (not HTTPS) fatally flawed when delegates are used?

First, I have a private delegate set up on my web site for OpenID and pointed my SE account at the URL on my web site; SE has no knowledge of the actual OpenID provider endpoint until my delegate ...
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A problem with the cookie theft detection mechanism of Barry Jaspan's Improved Persistent Login Cookie scheme

I have read this article http://jaspan.com/improved_persistent_login_cookie_best_practice i intend to implement cookie theft detection mechanism Barry Jaspan devised in it. but a problem seemed to ...
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Authentication for external applications

I need to design an application for internal corporate use. The application must be hosted externally. Ideally I'd like that application to be able to authenticate and authorize against the corporate ...
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Safe communication via rest api between two known servers

i would like to have some advice on the following scenario: I'm using kinvey as backend but because it doesn't provide the ability to run custom code i have set up another server. So basically when x ...
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Can I trust large companies like Google not to store failed password attempts?

Let's say, for example, that I accidentally entered my Microsoft account password instead of my Google account password when logging in to some Google web service. After getting an error message, I ...
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What is it common to only say “username or password is incorrect” in case of login errors? [duplicate]

When logging in to a site with wrong user/password credentials, the displayed error is most generally a generic "username or password is incorrect". Looking into some PHP code that handles such login ...
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Android access tokens and access to all google services

My questions is based on the asnwer on that question: Can the Gmail password be recovered from the Android Gmail app? So, as I understand when we setup google account on Android devices, it stores ...
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How can a gmail recipient open email in two different countries, at the same time?

I sent an email to person in Russia, and tracked it with Right Inbox, when the email is opened I get notified. The problem is I get 2 different IP addresses, one in Russia, and one in the US, both ...
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Is there a law against one email containing both a login and a password?

I see most companies either supply a login or a password in an email, but never both in one email. Is this a "best practice" or is there an actual law that prevents legitimate companies from providing ...
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Web Certificate invalidation - You might be connecting to a website that is pretending to be [Site name]

Recently while trying to log-in to Facebook this notification starts to appear: At first I ignored it (by pressing Continue), but it started to popup every time I navigate through the website! I ...
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How can I ensure that I connect to the right wireless Access Point?

Under Windows/Linux, client side. How can I ensure that I'm not connecting to a rogue AP?
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Is HTTPS and Basic Authentication secure enough for banking webservices (RESTful)?

I have been reading about SSL/TLS for the last few days and looks like it has never been practically cracked. Given SSL/TLS is used for all communications between client application and the server, ...
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What is single sign on versus federated login?

What is the difference between Federated Login and Single Sign On authentication methods?
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What's The Easiest Way To Maintain Remote Users Access to a Webapp

Here is a real world case: A chain of high schools (several hundreds) has many websites (~ 3x number of Schools) that are content driven by users (the students). Every school maintains about 2-4 ...
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Message authentication code based on a single AES block

I think I need to use a MAC for ensuring the integrity of a URL that my system will provide to an end user that will use it to download a content from another component of the system, i.e., an URL has ...
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Routing Protocol Encryption

As far as I know 'newer' versions of routing protocols support authentication between routers. What about encryption and integrity checks? Some implementations like this one from Cisco use MD5, which ...
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Can Paypal be used to verify a user's identity?

As I use my Paypal account for various online services, I noticed that vendors integrate differently with Paypal for on-demand payment, and scheduled payments. I also noticed that Paypal offers a ...
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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?
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Is using an old Android phone for 2-factor authentication safe?

I apologize in advance if this is the wrong place to ask this, I didn't know a better place to start. I have a rooted HTC Hero (CDMA) that is no longer receiving service and is just kind of...sitting ...
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Are there any web services which use any other form of authentication, than passwords? [closed]

Out of curiosity and interest I was wondering if anyone had come across any web based services which offer users other forms of authentication, other than the standard password or PIN? Or if ...
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What are the risks posed by “pass-through authentication” and how are they mitigated?

Related: Local Admin has Domain Admin rights "Pass-through authentication" on Windows systems allows for the possibility for user accounts with the same name and password to impersonate one ...
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Is the Facebook login form using SSL without https in the URL?

If I go to http://facebook.com, I am not redirected to https://www.facebook.com. If it doesn't have https in the URL, can the login be secure? Usually I am redirected to an https page on other sites? ...
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Local Admin has Domain Admin rights

While installing a new XP machine that had not been connected to the domain I was browsing to a UNC path and was not prompted for authentication. I then went to the different mapped drives and found ...
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Security measures against packet sniffing

I work in a environment where packet sniffing can be easily done . I was worried about my confidential data . Please suggest how is it done and precaution which i can take at client level.
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Is it possible to use a GPG or SSH key for web based authentication in a secure fashion?

Let's say hypothetically I am writing a web application targeting technically inclined, security-conscious users who have no problems generating and using GPG or SSH keys. Is it possible to use said ...
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Could SQRL really be as secure as they say?

I just came across https://www.grc.com/sqrl/sqrl.htm With Secure QR Login, your phone snaps the QR code displayed on a website's login page . . . . and YOU are securely logged in. This ...
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How safe is it to provide my administrator account password for a 3rd party software: EasyUS Todo Backup?

I've been recently searching for a backup solution for my Windows desktop. That's when I came across this free software called EasyUS Todo Backup. (I know it's a mouthful but English doesn't seem to ...
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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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What is the difference between authorized_key and known_host file for SSH?

I am learning basics of SSH protocol. I am confused between the contents of the following 2 files: ~/.ssh/authorized_keys: Holds a list of authorized public keys for servers. When the client ...
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Oauth Consumer Secret?

Using OAuth you have a consumer key and consumer secret to identify your application and the user provides an OAuth access token and secret to authenticate your application access to their account, ...
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Additional security for WebRTC/DTLS-SRTP with PGP?

I am having a thought experiment. Can you help me? Two clients who both use PGP. They initiate a WebRTC call using DTLS-SRTP via a 3rd party server. Is there any benefit of encrypting, via their ...
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How secure is Android's facial recognition?

Android supports using facial recognition for unlocking your phone. How secure is that mechanism? For instance, if someone has a good quality picture of your face, can they defeat the facial ...
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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 ...
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Corrupt password being pulled from wireshark data?

Hello everyone, I currently have a pcap file that contains an unencrypted Telnet session, and when I trace the TCP stream the password is in a format like so: pas...ord (please note ...
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Payload authentication + HW-SW Binding

I want to authenticate a (2nd stage) bootloader during the boot process using a symmetric key, which is derived from HW properties of the platform the bootloader is running on. Thus, I want to bind ...
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Certificate Mapping in IIS

When pasting the certificate blob in the configuration editor in IIS 7.5 for one on one authentication, is this the server certificate or the client certificate?
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Are subdomains a cure for phishing?

Seeing as phishing is getting more popular and users are becoming less concerned about security, I am trying to come up with a solution for a new site of mine that can stop phishers. For instance, any ...
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3 or 4 characters long username from security point of view

I have on my site the ability for the user to choose his/her username that is 4-20 characters long. But some users could have names like "Amy" "Eva", "Ian" etc. Should I stick with 4 letters or go ...
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Is HTTP Digest + MD5 still an alternative to consume my own api?

I'm reading a lot about implementing security constraints to a REST API. There are a lot of methods, some better than others for 3party applications or to consume my own API. HTTP Basic + TLS (with ...
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How to write an authentication module for my website?

This will sound naive for sure, and it is. Being a recent college graduate, I have been wondering on how do average websites implement their authentication modules. I have been using a table storing ...
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Is there a way to configure WPA2-PSK to provide Forward Secrecy?

Is there a way to secure an wireless connection against a decryption attack where the PSK is known (E.G. Airdecap-NG)? Is it possible to configure Forward Secrecy on 802.11 Wireless Connections?
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Can the Gmail password be recovered from the Android Gmail app?

I have an Android device with the Gmail app installed. This app can access the mailbox so there must be some kind of authentication data stored on the device (possibly an application specific ...
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Totally secure public key distrubition

Public-key cryptography secures communications provided that you use pre-shared public-keys. The problem is how to share these public-keys while maintaining authenticity? How can we be sure that ...