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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 secure is Windows Auto-Logon?

Obviously, if auto-logon is enabled, anyone who can gain physical access to the PC can use the PC. That's not the question. The question is, when I enable auto-logon for my Windows 7 box, will there ...
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Should you have full account access when you forget your password?

Imagine the following scenario: I go to login to MyApp.com, but realized that I forgot my password. I request a new password sent to my email. The email arrives with a link to change the password ...
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Are passwordless SSH logins more secure?

I had a long discussion with my co-workers whether key-based SSH authentication (particularly for OpenSSH) is more secure than authentication using passwords. My co-workers always connect to servers ...
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Is it safe to transfer Facebook access token via TCP?

Is it safe to transfer Facebook access token via TCP? What is the worst that can happen if someone gets the token?
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Is using a flash drive as a base for security a safe thing to do?

I'm developing some software for schools. I've found severe flaws with the current popular school LAN protection that I feel needs fixing so I plan on releasing my own software. One the those ...
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Security for a low latency online multiplayer game

I am designing an online multiplayer game and I am looking for a good tradeoff of secure communications with minimal CPU and bandwidth utilization. My ideal solution would only use UDP packets since ...
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ssh public/private key pair

I am having problems understanding how ssh really works. I know it uses a public key cryptography to encrypt messages. However, I can ssh to a server without first generating a public/private key pair ...
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IIS won't forward the logged on user credential to webservice request?

Ive enabled Windows authentication in my IIS. for the sample lets assume my Active directory username is \domain\John My task flow is like that : Iis won't forward the loged on user credential ...
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Three Message Authentication Protocol

I have a protocol where "A" initiates communication with "B". "B" then sends a challenge to check if "A" is really "A". "B" does not remember sending the challenge so "A" has to respond by sending the ...
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How should hospitals handle the use of sharing credentials to access sensitive information, especially in critical situations?

Most organizations today hold individuals accountable for their actions on systems and networks by unique user IDs and passwords. However, imagine working in a hospital environment where access to ...
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System for Mutual authenticaion and confidentiality

I am looking for a protocol where there needs to be mutual authentication between client and server. For example server should connect to a particular client only. That is client should authenticate ...
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OpenPGP Encryption / Decryption Process Using GnuPG

I want to know if my method of encryption can ensure the security of my data if my database was hacked as well as the authenticity of the data I am decrypting. I am using GnuPG's implementation of the ...
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How do I log everything a certain program is doing?

i have a program which is pretty simple. Its just a simple login form. Is there any possibility to log what this program is doing (maybe which file he is accessing and which website he is visiting ...
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Is there a drawback for local log in compared to server log in?

For developing a mobile app, there is a choice of storing usernames and password data in the device itself, or in a server (user will be authenticated to a server). Other than possibly the user have ...
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What flaws lie behind HttpContext.Current object i .NET?

I'm into extend a authenticating service and like to ask about the security perspective of HttpContext.Current. Let say you have a authentication serve websites / wcf and such (where http is ...
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Bell-LaPadula imlementation example

I'm currently studying the Bell-LaPadula model and i need to do an implementation as an example. I understand how the model works, but I have difficulties implementing it in a programming language ...
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https security - should password be hashed server-side or client-side?

I am building a web application which requires users to login. All communication goes through https. I am using bcrypt to hash passwords. I am facing a dilemma - I used to think it is safer to make a ...
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Why banking websites always ask me to authenticate my PC even after I'd chosen to “Remember my Computer”?

Why banking websites always ask me to authenticate my PC even after I'd chosen to Remember my PC? This is the case with all banking websites
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What does a Yadis / XRDS discovery session “look like” to the end user? How does it work? Is it relevant?

I can't wrap my head around how Yadis / XRDS would be used by a typical end user, or how it works so transparently? Considering that this technology isn't adopted by mainstream IDPs that makes me ...
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Inconsistencies found in OpenID Provider's HTTP Headers. Which one is the most secure that I should imitate in my STS, and Relying Party?

I'm comparing the HTTP headers of the various providers (LiveID, Google, Yahoo, etc) and notice a broad inconsistency in implementation on the sign in page, sign out page, and subsequent pages. ...
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Is there any conceivable reason to prevent a password change in an authentication system?

I connect to the VPN of another company with a company-specific username and password (they aren't giving everyone the same password to every company to access it or anything ridiculous like that.) ...
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Security of unencrypted wireless networks with authentication page

Some wireless networks, such as those offered by hotels and hotspots, are not encrypted (they don't require a pass phrase to connect) but have an authentication web page. For example, you connect to ...
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What are the implications of omitting the username in Secure Remote Password's verifier?

I consider implementing a Secure Remote Password (SRP-6a) verifier that omits the username from the x key hash. The intention is to allow authentication with multiple alternate user identifiers such ...
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Is there any drawback of using OAuth “pseudoauthentication” as opposed to OpenID?

I have seen posts that insist that OAuth is an orthogonally different thing from OpenID, because OpenID is about authenticating users, while OAuth is about giving access to certain services to a third ...
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When to move from Container managed security to alternatives like Apache Shiro, Spring Security? [closed]

I am trying to secure my application which is built using JSF2.0. I am confused about when do people choose to go with security alternatives like Shiro, Spring Security or owasp's esapi leaving ...
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Should we be checking password restraints on log in forms?

We have many restraints we put on users when they set up their password. These restraints include password length, characters they can or cannot use, the use of numbers and letters, capitalization ...
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How to implement multi factor authentication using a token generator?

I'd like to implement multi factor authentication on a few projects. Now the first factor would be username and password, for the second factor I would like to use a token generator. These tokens ...
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Is the Facebook login form using SSL without https in the URL?

If I go to http://facebook.com, I am not redirected to https://www.facebook.com. If it doesn't have https in the URL, can the login be secure? Usually I am redirected to an https page on other sites? ...
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What risk can untrusted WS-Federation metadata pose?

I'm adding support for SAML/ADFS/Azure ACS and read that untrusted metadata poses a risk. Considering that ADFS does background refreshes of the metadata, as do some RPs, can someone explain the ...
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Limiting the root certificate chain

I'm playing around with the idea of running a mini-CA with my (hobby) website, likely only used internally with a few select developers for internal emails, client authentication, staging/development ...
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Should a closed source website keep a secret key in its source?

Various APIs (such as Facebook or Amazon S3) require a secret key to authenticate access to the service. Obviously, if source code is public, the key should not be in the source! What about for a ...
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How do I use Windows 7 virtualization features to prevent transitive trust of admin credentials?

I am exploring using VMs to separate my administrative actions from standard user actions in Windows 7. The goal is to limit my risk and exposure when using "RunAs" to open an application or file ...
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storing the third party credentials in the database/some secure place

This question is about storing the third party credentials in the database/some secure place so that it can not be accessed by only authorized user. Our system connect to the third party system using ...
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“Extended Protection” primer and implementation guide to prevent MITM

Extended Protection (link) (link) is a feature in Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 that prevents certain MITM attacks. Does anyone have a primer (or explanation in plain English) what this feature is, ...
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Requiring Authentication to Exit

I've often wondered why facilities do not require authentication as a default on exit. Beyond the oblivious reasons: Fire safety policies would require a panic mechanism to override the access ...
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Benefits and drawbacks of giving an Administrator two accounts for elevated rights and another for daily use, such as email

Microsoft has long promoted the need to separate administrative accounts from regular use accounts, as shown with this guidance MSFT even went to far as create ADMINSDUser rights to put ...
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Any flaws in this security model for a REST web service?

I have designed a REST web service which requires authentication. It handles authentication in a manner similar to Amazon Web Services, namely: the user has an ACCESS_KEY (say, 'abcd') and a ...
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Authentication between multiple systems/platforms within the same web application context

Consider the following scenario: Web application is using two separate systems (they can share data/state through DB). First one is used for processing standard web stuff like http requests/responses, ...
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I just send username and password over https. Is this ok?

When a user's logging in to my site, they send their username and password to me over https. Besides the ssl, there's no special obfuscation of the password - it lives in memory in the browser in the ...
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Sending temp password when users first registered - is that good for anything?

One of our clients has sent us a list of security requirements. One of them was that registration does not including setting a password - once complete, a temp password is sent to the user, and the ...
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Length of CSRF Token

Is there any standard length of the token which should be used while generating the random tokens? Should we use the same standard which we use for generating Session IDs?
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Multiple CAs signing a single Cert/CSR?

Just saw this suggested on Slashdot So I've seen quite a few people wanting a switch to self-signed certs (who IMO mostly don't understand what making that secure actually involves), and an idea ...
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Ways to sign gpg public key so it is trusted?

I have a service through SSL which gives the user a code for a specific reason. I want to sign the code with the web server's private key (gpg --clearsign) and send the signed code along so that they ...
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Web Certificate invalidation - You might be connecting to a website that is pretending to be [Site name]

Recently while trying to log-in to Facebook this notification starts to appear: At first I ignored it (by pressing Continue), but it started to popup every time I navigate through the website! I ...
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What is the difference between authenticity and non-repudiation

I'm new to infosec and doing some reading. Not surprisingly one starting point was wikipedia. In this article, authenticity and non-repudiation are listed as 2 separate 'Basic concepts'. My ...
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LDAP Security problems?

I have installed many Active Directory (AD) based networks and have applied various standard security templates based on best practices, however I have never really looked at LDAP on a deeper level ...
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Attack vectors for brute-forcing website passwords

When talking about password security, a lot of discussion centers on the risk of a password being guessed in a brute-force attack. For websites where a user has registered an account, what are the ...
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What alternatives do email services provide when an account is hacked?

I am concerned about how does email services like Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail etc provide security to their costumers and prevent their account from being compromised. For example, I have seen that if ...
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“Who the entity knows.” I've Googled for weeks and can't find results

A lecture slide mentioned methods of authentication, one of them being. Who the entity knows. But the lecturer said it was up to me to research it. I've Googled as hard as I can but to no avail :( I ...
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Why do some online banking sites (and others who desire secure login pages) sometimes add autocomplete=“off” on their login page input fields?

For example: http://www.natwest.com/x-user.ashx?redirect=trusteer.interstitial.url&condition=trusteer.enabled2%3Dtrue <input name="...." type="text" maxlength="10" ...