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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static vs dynamic vs challenge response

I am taking a security class. The slides say that smartcards usually use one of three types of authentication protocols: static, dynamic and challenge response. What is the difference between these?
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iOS auth/auth with a REST Webservice

we're currently in the design phase of a new "Gateway-Server" which we want to develop. Our server has a REST-Service. My task is to find viable options to protect the access to the aforementionend ...
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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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How high is the entropy of this salt-generating code? (No code-reading actually necessary)

What is the best method? Assumption: I have a function that generates a number of medium-high entropy bytes Step1: I generate 3 of these medium-high entropy bytes. Step2: I hash these bytes using a ...
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When logging into a web page what exactly happens when a user types the wrong password?

I have two related questions as to what happens when a user tries to log in to a website If the entered password is wrong what should happen? I have two ideas: Redirect to a page saying "wrong ...
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How can I set up signed downloads?

Scenario I have a web server that authenticates and redirects from HTTP to HTTPS. Clients can then view available "downloads" in their account. I want to be able to sign these download links - as in, ...
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Should Framebusting be used (not used) on an IdP login page?

I'm trying to understand when Framebusting should and shouldn't be used. At first brush I'd want to apply that to all pages in my site and generating exceptions as necessary. On the other hand, if I ...
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What is more secure for voice and SMS OTP: A random number or generated similar to HOTP?

Many providers are creating OTP authentication for their sign in. However I noticed that all the voice and SMS OTPs I've come across are a series of 6 digits... similar to the HOTP RFC Standard ...
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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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Are there risks of using the same OpenID provider for sites with different security levels?

I always use the same OpenID provider (Google, with a strong unique pw and 2-factor auth) in every site that supports it, without thinking twice. It's my understanding that, as long as the provider is ...
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What type of attack should be used in order to pass this authentication

I am practicing the Astalavista Wargames and i came across this challenge. The question is: Bob wrote a piece of software but the password verification doesn't seem to work. You must find a way to log ...
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Is password authentication worse that signed messaging if done over SSL?

Let there is a public API: HTTP-based via SSL there are no browsers, just connections between custom written programs The first authentication scheme that came to my mind was... client signs their ...
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Exporting data beyond a cryptographic boundary

Scenario We're working on putting a FIPS 140-2 compliant SQL database on a dedicated machine behind the internal firewall of an organization, and need the capacity to push a specific document or ...
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Logging in a user after password reset via link

Lets say password reset functionality flow is the following: User submits email address used for his account. An email is sent to that email address with a link with a password reset hash. Upon ...
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How does SRP prevent man-in-middle attacks?

SRP is designed to resist both active and passive attacks, how does SRP prevent man-in-middle and packet modification attacks?
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What makes EAP-SRP-256 better than SRP? [closed]

What is the advantage of the EAP-SRP protocol? Is it only used in wireless?
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Is it safe to mix authentication methods?

Is it a good idea to "combine" authentication methods? Example we can use username/password method to authenticate a user from a server. What if we used this as a first authentication step to get ...
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Brute force a GUI login?

I know I have read somewhere that the reason the UAC prompt in Windows 7 was employed is that viruses that would supposedly execute privileged instructions won't be able to "click" the confirm button ...
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What is the risk and mitigation of accidentally typing a YubiKey password in an open forum?

I have a YubiKey in my laptop (for testing) and accidentally broadcast my YubiKey password out to the Internet. Since this is only a test key, and has no access to anything of value, here are some ...
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Preventing online voter fraud

As part of a promotional campaign, my company wants to launch a site where users (and potential users) of our product will be required to register and vote for certain choices. Depending on how ...
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What security issues are there when reading cookie with .htaccess?

I have a (hobby) web site that runs only on SSL (i.e., site-wide HTTPS). The site does not deal with finances, social security numbers, or anything of that level of importance. However, I'd like to ...
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Is there a reliable way to simulate “Evil Maid Attack” boot path tampering when using bitlocker?

Suppose you have a system whose OS drive is encrypted with bitlocker and uses TPM + PIN authentication to authenticate the boot path against tampering. As I understand it, this setup theoretically ...
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How to use USB-Stick instead of passphrase?

I wanted to know if something exists that would allow the following. Whenever I use my RSA key(when using ssh for example) I'm prompted for my passphrase. I would like to, instead of being prompted ...
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certificate based network authentication

In certificate based network authentication, is the user tied to just the system the certificate has been installed on such that if he tries to authenticate using another system access is denied?
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Requirements for a smartphone anti-theft App

I recently installed Cerberus in my [personal] Android device to get some protection against theft (I'm not really interested in protecting its data, but rather in increasing the odds the device will ...
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Pure SRP authentication without TLS

IF using a SRP for client/server application authentication without TLS. Will it be vulnerable to man-in-middle attack, since if using SRP, the public info doesn't really useful to calculate the ...
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Demystifying Web Authentication (Stateless Session Cookies)

I'm currently researching user authentication protocols for a website I'm developing. I would like to create an authentication cookie so users can stay logged in between pages. Here is my first ...
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Protecting an admin area from the public

We are about a month away from launching a pretty important site, which comes with an admin console to help us manage the site. Now I'm not very interested at just leaving the admin out in the open ...
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Authentication system against the user

I try to search articles on the internet in this category, but no result. In generally we use authentication of the user against the system. So, we want to authenticate the user before he\she use our ...
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OpenID without SSL certificate

Is it wise to use OpenID (from Google or Yahoo) to log-into a website instead of a username+password login if that website doesn't have an SSL certificate installed? Just to make things clear, ...
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Central authentication

I am designing a system composed of several services. Some can be hit only from inside our network and a few can be hit externally. One of these services is a "login" or "authentication" service. My ...
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How to set up OpenSSH to use x509 PKI for authentication?

I do not mean simply putting the public RSA key of a x.509 certificate into ~/.ssh/authorized_keys - I'm looking for a way to set up a ssh such that x.509 certificates signed by a pre-defined CA will ...
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Using RADIUS for host authentication

Remote Authentication Dial In User Service (RADIUS) is a networking protocol that provides centralized Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA) management for computers to connect and use a ...
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Are there any solutions available which conform to AAA protocol?

According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AAA_protocol) In computer security, AAA commonly stands for authentication, authorization and accounting. It refers to a security architecture ...
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Good ways to prevent spammers from registering [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a true alternative to using CAPTCHA images? Since everyone hates captchas what are good alternatives? I'm looking to prevent the automated creation of accounts ...
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Picking an encryption algorithm for auth tokens passed via AJAX

I'm looking for a low CPU intensive encryption algorithm, to pass around session authentication tokens. As an example: The user will login in to the website (via OAuth, whether by the site as ...
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Loki How to crack the password hash OSPF?

I have created for myself a lab of routers in GNS3 . Routing protocol between routers is OSPF. Now,by Loki penetration testing, I found that routers are the feature authentication. Using wireshark, I ...
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Securing opensource web application

I have an open source website. I need to add an admin section to the website which is accessible to only one person. To make it secure, I was thinking about providing a login page which checks if the ...
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is there a safe way to login to my gmail account from a public pc?

Sometimes i need to use a public pc to access my gmail account, is there a safe way to login and keep my password safe in case there was a keylogger or a trojan on that pc? are there tools that could ...
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What are my options for securely printing an OTP Scratchcard?

I want to print and distribute several One Time Passwords (OTPs) that can't be easily disclosed to a 3rd party in transit. (think the physical version of a TLS session for private secrets) To me ...
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If multi factor authentication is enabled, how should that affect self-service password reset?

Given that security is only as secure as its weakest link, suppose I have website with additional authentication enabled in any of these ways: (example, multiple conditions may be required) ...
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Kerberos for sending secrets

I understand that Kerberos is used as an authentication protocol. However, would it be possible to achieve a similar effect as Diffie-Hellman with Kerberos i.e. establish a session key which can be ...
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Easy protocol for email authentication

I'm cooking up a very simple system to send commands to a remote server via email. Everytime an email is sent to do_something@mydomain.net, the server runs a python script that does something ...
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Relative costs involved in making changes to the current organisational security

I need help understanding what is required by the phrase "a comparison of the relative costs involved in making changes to the current organizational security procedures". Am I to compare the cost ...
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Asymmetric crypto to store credentials in HTML LocalStorage

We are developing a Mobile web app where the users want (and it is a non relaxable requirement) to be logged for a very long time. The solution we are developing has a web-client part in HTML+JS and ...
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Why does HTTP Basic authentication encode the username and password with base64?

RFC 2617 requires that in HTTP Basic authentication, the username and password must be encoded with base64. To receive authorization, the client sends the userid and password, separated by a ...
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Mutual authentication for humans

Is there any way for two people to securely authenticate each other without access to any special software (like PGP)? For example, when speaking over the phone or by sending SMSes to each other or ...
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jasypt message integrity

I've been looking into ways to encrypt an authentication token that I need to pass from one site to another. Things i have learned so far are use a high level library. don't use ECB use a HMAC to ...
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is RDP7.0 authentication process secure enough?

Latest version RDP used NLA, CredSSP and TLS to secure the authentication process. It sound like secure but in reality does it really secure enough. I knew that the previous version RDP is ...
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SSH: reusing public keys and known-man-in-the-middle

Usually, people recommend to use a single private-public key pair everywhere (if we're not talking about a possibility of compromising the private key): Best Practice: “One per-user ssh key” or ...