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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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 ...
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Is this acceptable login security?

I was logging into a VM on a computer at work. The VM was Linux Debian 2.30.2. I discovered that I could input my password, followed by garbage, and it would be accepted. How is this considered ...
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Should email verification links be 'time limited' after user registration?

Regarding web application user management, I understand that password reset links are effectively "password equivalents", and therefore it makes sense to limit them to one use only and also make them ...
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Is there a law against one email containing both a login and a password?

I see most companies either supply a login or a password in an email, but never both in one email. Is this a "best practice" or is there an actual law that prevents legitimate companies from providing ...
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Is Yahoo SignIn Seal effective at phishing prevention? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Effectiveness of Security Images Information about the efficacy of Yahoo's SignIn Seal is scarce, the best I could find was this section on Wikipedia's entry on ...
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Should WS-Fed, Mozilla's Persona or OpenID ever be used with a Banking application?

Most banking sites I've seen use a sign in process that is proprietary, or otherwise won't integrate with an external IDP. Should banks offer integration with services like OpenID, WS-Fed, or ...
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Should the Keygen element be used to create a certificate for mutual auth TLS? What alternatives are there?

I'm interested in using mutual auth TLS to improve the security of my javascript based webservices . I've looked at the Keygen element and given all its issues, not sure if this can even be used for ...
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UNION SQL Injection

I'm trying to demo SQL Injection with a UNION query but I'm not getting results. This is the C# code and the database is SQL Server 2008 R2: string cString = "server=.\\sqlexpress; ...
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Disabling authentication via DSA keys in OpenSSH?

How can I disable DSA and ECDSA authentication on my server with OpenSSH 5.9? Sifting through the documentation material and doing a web search didn't yield any results - only an old bug report for ...
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Does PayPal support a backup code for two-factor auth? [closed]

Google and DropBox have backup codes in case you can't get access to one of the devices you have registered. Does PayPal have a backup code?
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Security measures against packet sniffing

I work in a environment where packet sniffing can be easily done . I was worried about my confidential data . Please suggest how is it done and precaution which i can take at client level.
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How to verify data from localStorage on a server

This is a cross-post from my Programmers.StackExchange post - I think this might be a better forum to ask this question. Admins - please delete either of them as you deem fit. On my mobile app, I am ...
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When should I issue more than one multi-factor device to a user? Is it OK to give several active tokens vs none at all?

Most of the conventional IT.Sec thinking I've seen says that a user can only have one multi factor authentication device. I'd like to challenge that defacto-thinking and ask if there is ever an ...
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WLFriends encrypted login risk

I recently had created on WLFriends.org which is presented by Wikileaks, I noticed a big thing there that the process of signing up at WLFriends was very distinct from the other normal sites. There, ...
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Can I use hardware token OTP to stop piracy?

Our firm sells an offline desktop (.exe) software, we are thinking of using OTP (from hardware token like in internet banking) to stop people from copying the software without permission. Basically, ...
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Storing Private Keys Generated on Server with specific User's Password Securely

I am currently building a system (PHP Web Application Framework) that creates an RSA Key Pair for a user to allow other users to send secure information from one to another. The public key is ...
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Determine deployed 802.3x encryption/authentication protocols? Or, why can't I access Eth0?

Is there any means to identify deployed 802.3x authentication protocols on a wired interface (eth0) under Windows 7 (CLI), or from wlan0 on a *NIX based system? The scenario is as follows: I am a ...
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How to solve race condition in 2-factor authentication solutions like RSA Security tokens or Google Authenticator?

One of the reasons we opt to use 2-factor authentication is to minimize the impact of keyloggers. The theory is that even if an attacker is able to observe the user type in the token numbers, they ...
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Any real world examples of GPS location data being used with authentication?

Are there any examples of how GPS coordinate (or any location data really) can be used to detect suspicious locations or validate well known locations? Specifically Highlighting new or unusual ...
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Is it possible to change the wifi password with a script?

I was wondering if it is possible to change the password for a wifi with a script instead of having to log-in to the routers firmware?
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Wifi login redirect applications

This may sound a bit naive questions as i am a beginner. But I do my best to put it into words. You may have experience when sometimes you want to use the internet in a cafe for example (with your ...
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Is SiteKey a valid defense against Phishing?

As described here, some banks use a SiteKey mechanism in an attempt to provide a defense against phishing. (This is a scheme where the user is shown a personalized image (each user has their own ...
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What is this authentication method/approach called?

Background: I want to implement something like this in our websites, and I'm looking for advice and possibly APIs that allow this out of the box rather than re-inventing the wheel, but I can't even ...
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Lowest possible threshold for smartphone app login

I am developing an iPhone/Android game app. Currently users must register USERNAME (3 chars min, letters only) + PASSWORD (8 chars min, ascii only) before allowed into the game. Testing shows some ...
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Can I re-use another vendor's dual factor token in my own system? (Avoid physical token bloat)

I read the open source multifactor authentication techniques called HOTP RFC 4226 and TOTP RFC 6238 and realized that a single random number is the basis for the token's cryptography... and that this ...
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Should the serial number of multi factor devices be removed?

I'm trying to understand the relationship between the serial number of a multi factor device and the cryptographic material behind it. I don't want to blindly assume that the serial number is just ...
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What are RealVNC 5.0 Authentication Protocol Security Limitations?

In the old version of RealVNC, the password length was limited to 8 characters which was easier to be cracked. They have now increased the password length by 255 characters, will this make Realvnc ...
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Is it secure to install RSA SecurID Software Tokens on the same computer that will be used to access the VPN?

My office switched from using the old hardware RSA SecurID key tokens to the RSA SecurID Software Tokens and most users have them installed on the same machines they use to access the VPN. I asked ...
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How does the YubiKey Validation Server work from an encryption perspective?

Many YubiKey servers rely on the free cloud hosted authentication that comes with the product, but I'm interested in keeping all cryptographic material in my control. For that reason I am looking at ...
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Trying to figure out Gmail login in Wireshark

In my pentesting lab I'm using ettercap for do a mitm to a XP VM. I go to gmail, accepting the false certification, and here I start to sniff with wireshark. I put some false account like ...
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How secure is Windows 8 email authentication?

I boot up Windows 8 and the first thing I notice is that it allows you to login with your email credentials. Let's say if my laptop is stolen then what are the advantages or disadvantages of email ...
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How does a CSRF token prevent an attack, and how can I safely use/avoid it for my JSON API?

I'm trying to make an iOS app communicate with a Ruby on Rails website using JSON. While trying to post a login to create a user session, I discovered I was missing a CSRF token. I had no idea what ...
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Security concern to implement a web based remote desktop

I am implementing a web based remote desktop application.Through this application client can connect to the server and can access the server using JSP/Servlet Java robot class. I can configure the ...
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Secure login feature with low CPU power

I'm developing a program that contains a login function in C++. The problem is that I don't know how to develop it in my situation. I want to run the software on a raspberry pi, it only has a CPU ...
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Facebook Login security concern with the javascritp JDK [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Isn’t OAuth, OpenID, Facebook Connect, and others crazy from a security standpoint? I have some real concerns about how to use facebook login for my wabb-app. I have a ...
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Reasonable computationally lightweight security?

I've read a bunch about how one should use bcrypt or PBKDF2 as a good middle ground between tunable workload and acceptable time to make brute force and collision attacks unfeasible. What if the ...
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Are we concentrating too much on password complexity?

As a developer and/or user, do I really need to worry about password strength if the system does not allow brute force attack to be feasible (implements a delay or attempt counter) or implements a ...
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help understanding client certificate verification

I am creating an API that only certain computers should have access to. Communication will be via SSL between the server and the clients. In order to verify that a client has access, I would like to ...
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How do I prevent my twin sister's “pulled from public record” information from being used when I try to answer security questions?

Several times in the past months, I have been asked security questions that are "pulled from public record" to verify my identity, either over the phone or on a website (Chase Bank, Walgreens ...
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Authentication without saving password

Are there any security problems with following authentication protocol? when user creates hers account, she provides her username and password. I store the username and blowfishEncrypt(toEncrypt = ...
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Banking application login leaks information

My question is regarding the online banking application of a large credit card organisation. The login process for this application works as follows: User visits the homepage of the bank. User ...
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Are SIP REGISTER transactions w/ HTTP Digest subject to replay attacks?

It is my understanding that the authentication during a SIP registration is done through some kind of an MD5 hashing algorithm known as HTTP Digest, and doing a tcpdump of the actual traffic I've ...
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Public web server and AD- based Kerberos authentication

I would want to use SPNEGO/Kerberos protocol on a public internet webserver for specific remote ip addresses coming from corporate intranet. Other authentications methods are used for other addresses ...
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Is behavioural analysis (e.g. keystroke dynamics) a reliable security mechanism for MFA?

The typical set of multi-factor categories is as follows: Something you know (e.g. a password) Something you have (e.g. a hardware token, or key file) Something you are (e.g. a fingerprint or retina ...