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 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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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 ...
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Using GET to submit username/password? [duplicate]

From what I understand using GET to submit usernames/passwords is a security issue because the username/password are part of the URL which can show up in browser history. Is this still an issue if ...
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Is it secure if we purchase through a website that is loaded in iframe

I found one of the website is loading all shopping websites in their own domain. Eg . www.domain.com having links like , www.shoppingsite1.com , www.shoppingsite2.com ,www.shoppingsite3.com ...
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HTTP Basic auth password storage more secure than Digest auth

If you are using SSL already, it appears Basic auth is the way to go since you can perform bcrypt with the password when you store it in the database, where as Digest auth only allows md5. As we know, ...
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Best way to allow sudo access when using ssh keys

Probably a simple question, but I can't seem to find any actual best practices out there. I manage a handful of servers and I am really getting sick of tracking my passwords in pwsafe. I've been ...
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Authentication of support engineers on client systems

Are there any good methods for authenticating that a user is a maint engineer, or at least trusted enough to use the maint access? The environment is code that is running in client sites, without ...
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Communicate between two sites both with SSL

I now have two websites - site A and B, both with SSL-certificate, and they have exact same users. So when a user log into site A and click the link to site B, I want to make him auto log in to site ...
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Which products are affected by NSA's ability to crack pseudo-random-number generator Dual_EC_DRBG? [closed]

After reading this article about RSA advising its customers not to use the default random-number generator in its encryption products - amid fears spooks can easily crack data secured by the ...
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What are the most common password salting methods?

I learned that the Sun guys used the login name as salt for password hashing. Is this a common approach? What are the most common salt values?
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Optimal variable sizes in the Secure Remote Password protocol

I am implementing the Secure Remote Password protocol: U = <username> --> <-- s = <salt from passwd file> a = random() A = g^a ...
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Implementing Secure Remote Password: Constructing the verifier

The SRP protocol as described in RFC 2945 generates the password verifier: x = SHA(<salt> | SHA(<username> | ":" | <raw password>))` v = g^x % N I have three questions: why use ...
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Why is it always `HASH( salt + password )` that we recommend?

Browsing over this site, many forums, online articles, there's always one specific way we're suggesting to store a password hash: function (salt, pass) { return ( StrongHash(salt + pass) ) } But ...
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Using Secure Remote Password without sending the username in the clear

To initiate a key exchange using the SRP protocol the client sends the username so the server can look up the salt and password verifier. Is there a simple way to change this so that an evesdropper ...
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Using Secure Remote Password without embedding the modulus

The SRP protocol as described by the author assumes that the large safe prime modulus and generator are embedded into the client and server rather than being transmitted as part of the protocol. ...
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Oldest security feature still in active use

Beyond commonsense and physical access controls, is the system password the oldest still in active use security feature? By physical access, I mean for example leaving the system within a secure ...
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System for securely authenticating content acquisition

I'm having trouble designing a system for authenticated content from my site distributed by other people. I'm working in Ruby on Rails, but I don't think that at a theoretical level my question isn't ...
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Google Authenticator - Counter Based [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand How google authenticator - counter based work. I have tried googling around finding a demo or at least how this work. I understand its a one time password but not like TOTP. I ...
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In a SAML2 FSSO Web Browser profile (HTTP POST), should the IdP analyse the AuthnRequest before asking the user to authenticate? [closed]

Context: SAML2 Web Browser SSO profile. (HTTP POST binding). Federated SSO. If the IdP gets an <AuthnRequest> from the SP, should / must / can the IdP do the user authentication first, or ...
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Algorithm to generate NTLMv2 Hash in PHP

I am trying to develop a PHP function to calculate NTLMv2 hash by providing server & client challenge, domain, account and password. The resulting hash appears to be not correct. Can someone ...
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Secure authentication: partial client-side key stretching… please review/criticize my idea

I am trying to figure out what would be the 'perfect' authentication system for a website. On one end, we know that simple hashing algorithms can be brute-forced or cracked in other ways. Hence why ...
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iPhone 5S security: Given someone's fingerprint can I use a 3D printer to create a fake finger with a real fingerprint on it?

With such a big deal being made about the iPhone 5S's fingerprint reader (and formerly the Thinkpads' fingerprint readers) I really wonder how secure it is to use fingerprints in lieu of passwords. ...
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Biometric versus other Two Factor Authentication Mechanisms

Over the years biometrics is the go-to movie authentication mechanism, but in the real world I'm getting conflicting opinions about it. Everything I've learned shows that biometrics are flawed ...
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Hotspot with same SSID, how does authorization work?

My university has a wireless network I log into with my username and password. It's using PEAP. My phone and laptop automatically connect to this SSID when they detect the network. If someone sets up ...
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How to “demonstrate” man-in-the-middle attack?

I'm TAing a particular course on system security. A specific example is transitting the password in plain text when developing a web application (as part of a class project). Over the years a bunch ...
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Storing Seed for TOTP

We have a public website for employees which has access to some sensitive company information. To make the login process more secure we want to implement TOTP. The setup and implementation has been ...
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Challenge, Authentication and session key

I programmed an application on Linux using C, I added an authentication and cryptography layer that's going like this : 1 -client sends connection request. -server send a random challenge to client. ...
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Is this a good way to handle login process

Just wanted to know if this would be considered a good way to handle login process. It doesn't matter which language it is written in. I will use this fellowing format. - Event (Where it happened) ...
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What is this QR code authentication scheme called?

What is this pattern for mobile authentication called? It's more convenient than entering complex password on mobile phone, and I wanted to read about it more A user is authenticated within webapp ...
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Entering passwords at public computers

Sometimes it happens that I have to access my email or some other web service from public machines. Are there any options to make it secure or at least reduce risks to acceptable levels? I am most ...
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Secure API access over SSL using oauth token

On the project that i'm currently working, we authenticate the clients by username and password. In this system each user has a key which is calculated from his password. However, we want to provide ...
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What is the purpose of AEAD?

I think I need to correct some misunderstandings I have about AEAD. What is associated data used for in authenticated encryption?
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Are most app OAuth implementations vulnerable because of an obscured URL/origin?

I cringe every time I am prompted with OAuth in an app because of the lack of ability to verify that the page is actually originating from the represented source. Are most app OAuth implementations ...
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How does the authentication flow with Azure Active Directory differ from Azure ACS?

I understand that Azure ACS acted as a STS that had the ability to redirect users to a given STS (OpenID, LiveID, Facebook) or authenticate using a local user/password account. In a passive situation ...
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Is there any way to cryptographically hash a human thumbprint?

Is there any way to cryptographically hash a human thumbprint into a form that can be consistently reproduced by thumbprint readers? Assuming that it would be possible to create a database of ...