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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How were resources shared before OAuth?

With OAuth 2.0, it is pretty straight forward for a developer to authenticate a user via another service in order to obtain its data, e.g. get tweets from a Twitter user or fitness data via RunKeeper, ...
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Pre-Requisites for Mutual Authentication

For Mutual Authentication, the client must contain the CA certificate of the Server and his own Certificates, and the server must contain the CA certificate of the Client and his own Certificates.In ...
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Obscure username input on login forms?

Not (necessarily) a duplicate of: Should both user ID and Password be masked for online banking? Definitely not a duplicate of: Should usernames be kept secret? I can sense your finger on the "mark ...
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Is CAPTCHA necessary when I use token?

I wonder is it a good idea using captcha when using token on login page? I think it's impossible for robots to mess with login page because token changes on every request. Thanks.
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Combining Hash Visualisation (VisualHostKey) and SiteKey to prevent MITM

TL;DR Skip to the No SiteKey + Plugin if you don't want to read this whole thing. VisualHostKey shows an SSH hash like this: # Host github.com found: line 53 type RSA 2048 ...
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Purpose of Initialization Vector in File Encryption and Authentication (FEA)?

I came across this schematic of FEA implementation using RSA and AES: Suppose that PKB is Bob's public key, PKA is Alice's public key, SKB is Bob's private key, SKA is Alice's private key, Ks is the ...
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Does the secure attention key really increase security?

Are there any statistics on whether requiring the secure attention key to be pressed on login actually increases security ? I personally don't see the point of that : if you're after credentials, ...
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Is it okay to only use username/password to secure an admin page for moderating a website?

Is there a standard practice to securing an admin page for an application written in angular and nodejs or just in general? The admin page would approve/ban users and moderate comments. Should it be ...
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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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How can I successfully perform an xss attack on a dummy website? [closed]

in my security course, we were told to practice an xss attack using firefox on this website; http://permalink.co/ No worries, this is a website specifically setup for us to practice ...
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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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Why would you decouple your resource and login servers?

As described on this link, OAuth specifies that a login server and a resource server should be decoupled. The idea is that if one of your resource servers gets hacked, no password data is lost. All ...
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Smart lock protocol

I made an Arduino project to lock and unlock my door via my phone (with Bluetooth). It works well but it’s unsafe since I just send the lock and unlock command in cleartext, without authentication or ...
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MD5 before PBKDF2 on legacy software

I am mantaining a legacy software that uses MD5 in the following way: The client asks for a 16 byte salt when authenticating an account. The server generates a 16 byte salt, links it to the account ...
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Security tradeoffs while designing a mobile Web Service API

I'm not a security expert but I want to ask about tradeoffs in a web service API I'm designing for mobile apps. It is an API which tracks users' locations so yes, the data is reasonably sensitive. ...
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Difference between Kerberos and GDOI

What is the difference between Kerberos and GDOI, I know first is more toward authentication and latter is more toward multicast key management, can I use Kerberose protocol in GDOI for server and ...
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Difference between Kerberos and GDOI?

What is the difference between Kerberos and GDOI, I know first is more toward authentication and latter is more toward multicast key management, can I use Kerberose protocol in GDOI for server and ...
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Untrusted connection visiting https://www.opensource.apple.com/

Somebody on Stackoverflow posted some code from https://www.opensource.apple.com/ When I click this link in Firefox (36.0) it says "This Connection is Untrusted". But other people on that thread on ...
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Why should I include a client_id in an OAUTHv2 password grant request?

Like little red riding hood, you don't know who is knocking on the door... Why even bother accepting a client_id in case of a API <-> Javascript-website or API <-> Android App password grant ...
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Limiting Login Attempts [duplicate]

I have to set up a server that will allow remote logins. Obviously security is an issue. In this first pass we are discussing:- Locking a person for 15 minutes if they fail to login correctly three ...
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Using a Cryptovariable with an API Designed for Human-Generated Passwords

I'm working with a vendor who provides an API with a user registration method clearly designed for human-generated passwords. We're calling the API in an offline server-to-server fashion, however, ...
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Why first kerberos message is not ciphered

When analysing Kerberos exchange (and other similars as Needham, Denning, etc.) I wonder why the first message where the identities of the client and remote are not encrypted. In case not encrypted I ...
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Retrieve anonymous credentials

Background A registration process to acquire an anonymous, verified account goes like this: Registrant provides proof of individuality to a Registrar. Registrar verifies proof, ensures no prior ...
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JSON Web Tokens vs. SAML

I don't know too much about security. Specifically, I don't understand the difference between JSON Web Tokens, SAML and OAuth 2. If you could provide some pointers and high level overview of their ...
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Acceptably secure solution for users to log in with a short unique code only (no username)

I am creating a website whereby users are given an account by invitation only, and are sent a unique code by post. Users can then log in (at least the first time) by entering the code only. The goal ...
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Challenge Response with a Tan Book?

i am trying to secure a connection between a Mobile Device (Client) using a webApp and a Home Device (Server) in a potentially unsafe Wifi Network. The communication is asynchronous and i am trying ...
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How do Client-specific keys and Certificates work?

I have clients that communicates with my server. Clients sends it unique id (guid) to server with its request over a secure https channel. Also to increase security I use my own private-public key ...
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Is TLS enough to prevent eavesdropping? [duplicate]

Is it enough to use only SSL/TLS for client-server application with authentication, registration and data transmission (like chat)? If it is not what I also need to use?
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Circumventing disadvantage of IP-based account lockout

So we're trying to prevent brute-force attacks on our web server login page--currently we just do IP-based locking if x failed attempts from IP address Y occur over z time period. After a security ...
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How to associate an oAuth token with a particular user. Is this possible?

We have HTTP Rest services and SignalR (aka Web sockets, server send events, etc) for cases in which we need to push data from the server to the Web UI . We are currently using the built in tools that ...
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FIDO: what is the benefit of the challenge parameter?

In the enrollment stage an attacker could intercept the message and answer with a signature based on the correct challenge. I know that normally you include a symmetric secret in such a challenge, but ...
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authentication token not stored in DB

I am implementing a webserver and the guideline I am following suggests: - to create token by a Serializer that takes the IdUser, a symmetric key and an expiry date - provide it to the user but not ...
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Is generating custom authentication token for WCF service requests a good practice?

I have public WCF web service which works over https. There are lots of technical restrictions on client side, so I can't use any advanced schemes like oauth. I have registered users and some of them ...
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Additional security for services hosted on a 2FA or Multi-Factor Authenticated Network

I am aiming to lock down a web service that accesses other services and has a publicly facing UI. I have a hosted service on a network that requires 2-factor authentication to access. This service's ...
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Is it possible to restrict a client-side certificate (for web auth) valid only for a given site name?

If I have 2 websites, a.example.com and b.example.com. Those sites use TLS and SNI, and require client authentication with certificates created with my own CA. The use case is that some clients have ...
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How do MACs provide authenticity?

I don't see how they're different then hash functions. Couldn't Alice use Bob's key to produce a MAC and send the message to Jim.
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Is “password knocking” a good idea?

With port knocking, you have to "knock" on specific ports in defined order to expose a port on which service is running. How about password knocking? For example you have three passwords: A, B and C. ...
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Can Google's administrators be trusted with Google Authenticator? [duplicate]

Suppose there is an evil Google administrator who has full access to every server or network at Google. Will such a person be able to abuse the Google Authenticator technology to gain access to ...
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How Google Authenticator in Android mobile identifies this is the right SSH server?

I am new to Google Authenticator mechanism. I gone the basics of mechanism but I couldn't understood what logic behind that to make a connection to the Linux machine. I have a Linux which have no ...
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Drawbacks of using ADFS for SSO for external users

Is there any drawback for creating a separate AD forest for external users of organization to authenticate them to access some web applications? Is there any performance and synchronization issues ...
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Four eyes authentication for command execution on Linux. (OS level) [closed]

I reached the end of the internet with no success, so now I turn to you guys. What I'm after is a way to implement four eyes principle on the OS level for certain commands in Linux. Example : The ...
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Social Login + OAuth2-secured REST API

I'm implementing social login with Facebook, Twitter and Google+ on our OAuth2-secured REST API (secured using spring-security-oauth). I'd like to make sure that the following flow is secure and that ...
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Best practices for passwords on registration?

I have a website which users register an account. On the registration field, the form fields are: Name Email Confirm email Username But there is no password field. When they hit submit, they are ...
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Easy explanation of SSL client certificates for a developer

I've been thinking about using client certificates for my web apps, desperately hoping for security-conscious users to put their private key on HSMs so they don't get stolen even if the machine is ...
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Session Authentication vs Token Authentication

I am trying to get a handle on some terms and mechanisms and find out how they relate to each other or how they overlap. Authenticating a theoretical web application and mobile application is the ...
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User Authentication for a public website in 2015 [closed]

I am creating a new website for online shopping in .net and was wondering if i have another option beside Forms authentication to validate the users in a safe and secure way (this has been around for ...
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Questions about SRP algorithm

I trying to use SRP algorithm but I have some questions: Is that a good choice to use for registration and authorization SRP algorithm with SSL/TLS? And for all other transmission using just ...
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Brute-forcing a RSA private key password vs. LUKS volume

I need to store various private keys for my clients. Given these options, what would be the least prone to brute force attacks: Encrypt the private keys using a separate RSA key (each user get its ...
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Two factor authentication(Mobile)

Consider such two factor authentication on web site: say when user enters username/password on web site - and receives SMS on mobile phone number. For attacker to access this he must know your ...
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Mechanism used for offline authentication of software

To prevent user from downloading bootleg copies of software , users often have to enter a string of hexadecimal numbers which would be used to authenticate the user. I think the basic idea would be ...