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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Is authentication/authorisation necessary between a web server and an isolated application server?

If I have a system that consists of an application server which responds to requests made only from the web server. a web server that responds to client requests over the internet. Is it necessary ...
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Strategy for updating stored passwords to more secure hash? [duplicate]

I know that we cannot update our hashed passwords without having the plain text password to re-hash. When a member logs in with login/password, we have the plain text, so that gives us an opportunity ...
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How can a system verify an online password using a phone keypad?

I phoned into a financial company's website, and it prompted me to key in my password on the phone keypad, converting the alphabetic characters to the corresponding digit, and special symbols to '*'. ...
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Difference between KMS and PKI

While the PKI System deal with digital certificates life cycle and Key Management System (KMS) deal with keys life cycle. What is the the fundamental difference between them? Is it possible to ...
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Are malicious relying parties able to abuse OpenID logins?

if I logon with OpenID into a website (crafted by attackers/hackers) I want to know how much damage can they do to me? Are they able to steal my contact info, name, etc (assuming I'm using Gmail ...
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OAuth2 Client Credentials & Native Apps

The OAuth2 spec seems to consider native (Android & iOS) apps as "public clients", ultimately meaning that they can't use the "client credentials" flow. That being said, how does one go about ...
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SimpleWebRTC Server Side Authentication for Room Access

I am trying to do some sort of server side authentication to allow only specific clients to join a SimpleWebRTC Room. Right now, any client that goes to the SimpleWebRTC "demo" page can join the ...
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RSA vs. DSA for SSH authentication keys

When generating SSH authentication keys on a Unix/Linux system with ssh-keygen, you're given the choice of creating a RSA or DSA key pair (using -t type). What is the difference between RSA and DSA ...
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The difference between authentication protocols and authentications rules

ISO 25023 divides the authenticity into authentication protocols and establishment of authentication rules. I understand that the authentication protocols aim to authenticate the user using different ...
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How to secure a service with Mutual SSL Authentication and Intermediary CA?

Given: A working SSL mutual authentication setup (a WCF service hosted in IIS) No Intermediary CA In the current setup any client in the world having a certificate signed be one of the well known ...
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Should email verification be followed by password-based login? Why?

[This is a duplicate, considered off-topic at http://stackoverflow.com/questions/26564992/should-email-verification-be-followed-by-password-based-login-why] A typical account creation process seems ...
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Authorization before Authentication?

From a conceptual point of view, can authorization occurs without authentication taking place first? I'm thinking about few cases where authorization seems to occur without authentication taking place ...
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Deal with number changes in a phone number based authentication/login system

Twitter Digits (https://get.fabric.io/digits) provides an authentication/login system based on phone numbers for mobile apps, and several other mobile apps (e.g. Square Cash, ...
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What is the difference between login throttling and temporary account lockout?

I am currently working on the redesign of a login page. I have initially suggested that login be throttled whereby pauses (incremental - in number of seconds) are introduced between each failed login ...
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Are case-insensitive passwords a bad idea?

I recently discovered a service where the password was not case sensitive. I understand basic principles of encryption and hashing so I am a bit worried, is this service storing my password in plain ...
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Best way to deal with cross-domain authentication in intranet

Firstly, I'm not sure if this is valid board to ask this question - maybe it should be asked on StackOverflow? Overview on use-case, what we trying to achieve: Two servers, on two different domains; ...
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What happens when authenticating through a phishing attack with FIDO U2F tokens

So I have looked around and haven't found this anywhere. What happens when the response server is a phishing site with FIDO U2F tokens? Basically, if login just fails, I would assume that the user ...
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Google account 2FA only with HW security key?

Is it possible to configure 2FA access to a Google account using only HW security key (e.g. Yubikey) without verification SMS code option ? It seems that SMS confirmation code is still primary 2FA ...
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How does a public key authenticator work? (as opposed to public key signatures)

In the documentation for djbs library NaCl under the headline Security model you can read that the library provides public key authentication without non-repudiability (http://nacl.cr.yp.to/box.html). ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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. ...
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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 ...
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How to prove ownership of a website?

We all know how banks identify themselves to users. No, not through TLS certificates. The users pay no attention to those. No, I'm talking about branding-- all those fancy logos and stock photos that ...
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Trying to figure out the hashtype of this digest-auth htpasswd file

Simple question for y'all as i'm having some trouble identifying the hash type of this from a http digest file that I have setup for rutorrent on a apache2 server. Here's an example of what it looks ...
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Use PIN or Password [duplicate]

Which one is better, using PIN or password ? I want my app using PIN number to user login and register. Does not matter if I use PIN number only for user login and registration in my web application ? ...
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How secure is docker container-to-container traffic?

I'm working on building a web application using the microservice architecture pattern in a set of docker containers and I'm wondering about the importance of securing the communication between the ...
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Is Google 2-factor “Remember this Computer” secure against adversaries with root access?

This question concerns the type of 2-factor authentication implemented by Google Accounts. The response to this question describes securing transfer of the secret key via a secure cookie. But what ...