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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Should an administrator be able to turn off TFA for a user

We use Google Authenticator and SMS for two factor authentication. Should we allow the administrators of the site to turn off TFA for users? Google Auth uses SMS as backup option but SMS does not ...
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Authencity of information displayed on an untrusted device

Suppose I have a (bluetooth/usb) device which needs to displays information on an external pc/phone. Is there a simple and effective method to garantuee that the information displayed hasn't been ...
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Using multiple hash-functions along the line [duplicate]

I was wondering what the effect on strength/security is If I would use an aggregate of multiple hash-functions. For instance, I don't want to sent passwords in plain text (although it's over an ...
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After having confirmed a computer is infected by a Botnet.

And having found a server IP that is controlling it. How can I find out the log-in credentials this client uses to log in to a IRC channel / server webpage / control panel. I have found out a python ...
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How to write a rock solid TOTP implementation?

I am currently writing a TOTP implementation in PHP (but this applies to other languages as well) and of course want it to be as secure as possible, what should be considered? After reading the ...
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Why is a CA certificate required for EAP-TLS clients?

When setting up clients with WPA2 EAP-TLS, most clients (ie: my phone, my computer) require both a client public/private keypair (for obvious reasons) and a certificate authority certificate. It's ...
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Windows Authentication and Session Ids

After a penetration test made upon an intranet application I'm developing, in ASP.NET MVC, one of the concerns raised was that the application supports concurrent user sessions and it is recommended ...
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Is asymmetric encryption vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks?

I'm looking for ways to send private messages over a public channel, and in doing this I stumbled in asymmetric encryption, which is just perfect for what I was looking for at first - A and B ...
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mutual authentication between two clients

I understand how mutual authentication works between a client and a server, however I am unsure how I would be able to get mutual authentication between two clients A and B? What would be the best ...
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Does it make sense to use two factor authentication with password protected wp-admin folder?

I've finished building my wordpress website and now, I'm concerned about the security of the website. To improve security, I'm using Google two factor authentication plugin while also ...
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How to make authenticity of text verifiable without third party services?

There is a person who wants to establish a system which allows her/him to publish texts anywhere and make it verifiable that s/he is the true origin of that text. Only the first message is not ...
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Look over my Web API Authentication Scheme

I want some advice on my Authorization/Authentication scheme that I will be using for my Web API that I am writing. Firstly the Authentication : 1) When a user first logs in and they are authorized, ...
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Do I need to password protect [web] services that are only accessible internally?

I have transmission-daemon setup with RPC enabled using a whitelist. The whitelist contains only 127.0.0.1 and my virtual private network range of IP addresses. I connect most of my devices through an ...
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Proper Linux user authentication through PAM aware applications

Currently I'm building an authentication system using Linux PAM for a python daemon process. It will need to authenticate remote users from a variety of front-ends against the local user list. ...
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Disclose to user if account exists?

Someone told me it shouldn't be possible for someone to detect if a certain email address is a registered user on a Website. So, for instance, when the user asks to reset his password, you should say ...
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How bad is exposing valid user names?

Today like many other times in the past, signed for a new service and got a common error message: Your user name or password is invalid This time I am wondering how useful it is to notify ...
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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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What's wrong with this authentication system?

I'm a software developer with an interest in and basic level of knowledge about security. I've come across an authentication system that "smells bad" to me however I lack the expertise to know what if ...
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Does Google/Dropbox/Github Two-Step Verification count as Two-Factor?

This considers the route where somebody does not use the SMS option, but rather using TOTP, and the site offers a generated seed to input. Two factors questionably at use: password: something KNOWN ...
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'Remember Me' combined with Auth Token

I've developed a client application which talks over a REST API to a server. The way the application works is to send the username/pwd pair in the initial login to the server and then respond with an ...
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Why don’t SMTP servers just require all senders to be authenticated before accepting mail?

Why don’t SMTP servers just require all senders to be authenticated before accepting mail?
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When is it appropriate to challenge with a secret word?

Lets say a secret word is say, the name of your first pet. Mother's maiden name is also a common one. When does it make sense to challenge the user with this? Or, what actions should be secured by a ...
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Can a zero knowledge proof of voting be made using a trusted auth server (without client side crypto)?

Questions: Can one implement a secure voting system having all the features described below? e.g. without disclosing any individual's vote to the government server (or the third party), preserving ...
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Challenges in authentications

I have a case where I have a set of low compute capable processors connected to a gateway processor. I need a way of authenticating these processors to gateway processor. The main things are: I need ...
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Securely passing critical data to other domain

My company owns a domain A.com , and subsdiary is on B.com B.com redirects their users to A.com for accounts registrations. Post successfull registration , A.com logins that user ( User doesnt get to ...
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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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How to detect authenticity Of Client and Server Certificate?

How its possible to detect authenticity Of Client and Server Certificate. For example, If server A has certificate and someone C stolen its certificate and send it to B then How we decide that it's ...
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What does chacha20-poly1305@openssh.com mean for me?

OpenSSH just introduced a new protocol, chacha20-poly1305@openssh.com, which combines the two algorithms from DJB: ChaCha20 and Poly1305-AES. It was inspired by a similar proposal for TLS, which ...
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Associate guest orders with account if email matches?

A web shop allows orders from guests. When checking out, the guest has to provide an email address (in addition to shipping address and payment data). When this email address is already in use by a ...
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How to verify a message?

I have a 192 bit data string and a 384 bit signature calculated with curve ANSIp192r1 as well as the public key. These readings originate from a SYM2 electricity meter and I would like to ...
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How can I avoid sending passwords in plain text when logging into a website?

Suppose that I login to a website. When I type my personal data, aka, password and email, the password is sent in clear text to the server, correct? Then, a network card in promiscuous mode can ...
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Should I trust my bank after this [closed]

I have just discovered that I can login to my bank with passwords that is not mine. Example: My password is "1234" but I am authorized with all possible post characters. For example "12345" or ...
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Putty Event Log

Can anyone explain me the Step by step process of Key Exchange that takes place while accessing Linux machine using Putty ? I found the Event Log of Putty but the Various Key Exchange didn't make very ...
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Transport Layer Security for multiple persons

I know that TLS protocol is used to authenticate two persons and when a secure channel is established we can perform a key exchange. My question is if TLS can be used to establish a secure channel ...
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Key-agreement protocol in a REST API

I have a C# REST API which exposes some methods over the HTTP protocol. The API is intended to be used my my Android applocation (Java) which is currently in the makings. Since the app is in an early ...
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Authenticate user without knowing their password

I'm working on a project where each each user will have a public/private RSA key-pair. Users will be able to send encrypted messages to each other using the each target user's public key so that only ...
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Token based authentication under http

I am doing a token based authentication but facing some security problems. In the system, a user will login as follows: Type username and password to login in a https login page If the login is ...
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Service TO Service Authentication & authorization [duplicate]

I have two web services A and B the requests between those services is http. I want so establish a secure connection between service A and service B to ensure the authorized and authenticate request ...
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How does the MITM (Man in the middle) attack happen with respect to SQRL

I recently looked into SQRL and was intrigued by its simplicity. At first glance it seemed reliable and its author claimed it was inherently fail-proof against phishing and MITM attacks. But upon ...
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Can we prevent a man-in-the-middle attack with symmetric-key cryptography?

Suppose that Alice signs the message M = "I love security" and then encrypts it with Bob's public key before sending it to Bob. As well known, Bob can decrypt this to obtain the signed message and ...
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Security of cloud-based password manager (Dashlane, LastPass) vs. federated login (OpenID, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook)

Many websites offer the option to log in with your existing Google or Facebook account (among others). For a long time I've resisted doing this because I use a password manager and I figured it was ...
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Why should one avoid chains of SSH sessions?

In this document on Security on NSC computing resources, there are several obvious pieces of advice (use a strong password, don't repeat passwords, etc.). One piece of advice I have not seen before, ...
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Why do major sites (eBay, Github) not ask for a password when I attempt to change email addresses?

When users change their email addresses within a web application's user account, I see the following problem: An attacker (who has access to your session) could change your email address to a new one ...
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Password resets - what practices should web services follow?

Many of you may have seen How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking, where a Wired reporter's Amazon, Apple, Gmail, and Twitter accounts were successfully hacked. The hacker followed ...
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What is the use of the “secret” displayed when setting up 2 Factor Authentication?

What is the purpose of the "secret" that is displayed when you take the picture of the QR code to set up 2 Factor Authentication on a non-Google site? Why would you need it? If you save it, doesn't ...
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Password and Generated number - How does it work?

In my company, they don't allow accessing the company email or servers from outside the company network. To access the email from outside the network, you have to use: Username, password and a number ...
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“Username and/or Password Invalid” - Why do websites show this kind of message instead of informing the user which one was wrong?

Lets say a user is logging into a typical site, entering their username and password, and they mistype one of their inputs. I have noticed that most, if not all, sites show the same message (something ...
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Website Authenticity/Verification without SSL

Are there any other ways of verifying the web server you're visiting is actually the correct one? For example, if a domain name's DNS was hypothetically hijacked, and users were directed to a phishing ...
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Why oauth use a secret with temporal credentials?

I am trying to understand oauth protocol. I am currently looking at temporal credentials section of the oauth 1.0 sepecification. I can't understand why the secret is needed along with the temporal ...
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Does prompting for security questions on new computers add any security on banking websites?

When you sign into Bank of America on a computer you haven't used with them before, the site prompts you to answer one of your security questions. How exactly does this make the site more secure? ...