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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Considerations when displaying OpenID and WS-* output to an end user

I'm creating a "Learn OpenID and WS-*" website and am using all the best practices in making the site secure. I would like to create a page that decryption the current session's OpenID or WS-* token, ...
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What is the benefit of the scope in OAuth2?

In the question, substitute scope with state. Since there is an answer based on the wrong question, I'll let everything below as is. The answer is useful nonetheless. This question refers to ...
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Implementing an invitation process for user setup

In a new ASP.NET MVC application I'm working on we'd like an administrator user to be able to set up other user accounts by creating invitations which will be emailed to the new user. That email will ...
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SASL Authentication Protocol with No Cleartext passwords

As you know, LDAP supports three authentication mechanisms: anonymous, simple and SASL. The first one is only suitable for particular cases, and therefore I'm not going to talk about that. The ...
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Comparing the standard HTML form POST for user authentication vs Javascript/AJAX

Are there any security implications with POSTing a authentication request with the use of javascript/ajax, as opposed to POSTing an HTML element by pressing the submit button? thus <form ...
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Custom EC2-style user authentication system - how secure is it?

At work I'm trying to design a user authentication system that is session-less (including session based tokens such as those used in OAuth2) due to client software requirements. The services are REST ...
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How should I tell an organisation that they are vulnerable when I wasn't given permission to check?

I was recently at a village hall (in the UK), some distance from where I live, for a party. I noticed that they had unsecured wi-fi with an SSID of NETGEAR. I assumed it was free wi-fi for users of ...
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Authentication between web services within the same project

In our project, we have several web services. Some of them are meant to be used only by the other services and the system administrator. We already have a global authentication system for users, this ...
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What happens when and attacker changes the installed public keys in browser

I was reading about SSL. I understood that each browser comes with a predefined set of known public keys,which is then used to authenticate the messages. I was wondering what will happen when a virus ...
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Verify Login and Encrypt with PBKDF2

I'm writing a desktop application where I'm using PBKDF2 to generate an encryption key to AES-128 encrypt the config file. The config file contains a crypo-random key that's been used to encrypt the ...
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Are there vunerabilities with this authentication mechanism?

I am trying to come up with a way to implement token-based authentication for a REST API without the need for SSL. The goal here is to avoid sending any sensitive information across the wire. I was ...
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NVidia update service creates local account on system. Does anyone know the users password?

Nvidia update service has created a local user on several of my boxes. Does anyone know its password? I recon it could possible be leveraged as an entry way for an attacker. Details: wmic ...
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Are there any anonymous OpenID providers similar to Gawker's “burner”?

Gwaker has an anonymous commenting system called Burner. It is offered as an alternative to Facebook, Twitter and Google. What's the difference between Burner and creating a throwaway Google , ...
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Establish a secure channel with mutual authentication given pre-shared public keys

Suppose I have a system whereby parties are identified by their public key (with some pre-selected asymmetric key algorithm). Suppose I have a party PUB1 which wants to establish a secure channel with ...
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What user was this spammer trying to authenticate as?

I have a custom application that monitors and logs a user's SMTP session, and came across this spammer trying to use my MTA as a relay. Is it possible to determine what username they are trying to ...
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Delivery Failure Notification spam protection?

My domain (example.com) has recently been targeted by spammers who are sending email (somewhere) but forging the sender as random-name@example.com. I have been getting flooded by delivery failure ...
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How to detect suspicious tokens collected by a hacker

I previously asked a question here What's the use of adding a challenge in the otp algorithm? Let's suppose that a hacker has succeeded to collect tokens. Is there a way to detect suspicious ...
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Mass account lockout prevention using CSRF tokens

I'm currently working on reducing the risk of mass account lockout on a site that (unfortunately) issues sequential, numeric user IDs. Changing the structure of the userID is not an option at this ...
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Is there a standard for printing a public key as a barcode?

Is there a standard for storing a public key printed on paper? Say, I want to hand out business cards with my public key pre-printed on them at a key signing party to help build the web of trust. My ...
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Could this login form be “hacked” to allow access?

We have this legacy website which has horrendous code in it. I have just been looking through the login form/code and can see un-sanitised sql queries. E.g. in a nutshell: $email=$_POST['email']; ...
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Authenticating client without hardcoding key?

A basic question, but I'm not a master and this is puzzling me- How is it possible to authenticate a client from the server's perspective? i.e. imagine you're the server, and you want to give the ...
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Are there any nice info sites dedicated to explaining how and why to (not) store user passwords in the database?

I keep finding various websites that are able to email me back my password. I try to email them every time, telling them about this. But it can be tricky to be taken seriously - it's just a random ...
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Securing an API for mobile access

I've built a nice REST/JSON API that is used by other companies (our clients) as a B2B service. Each of our clients has a username/password pair, and we also do HTTPS and validate the source IP of ...
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Password hashes should run md5 thousands of time: really?

I skimmed through How Companies Can Beef Up Password Security and I thought that several assertions were completely wrong, in particular: Cryptographic hash (like md5) with salt are bad. It isn't ...
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Login System Security Suggestions

I am creating a login system and was wondering if anybody had any suggestions. Here is my current setup: nonce to check if the login originated from our login form session and cookie auth mixed - in ...
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Implementation of Blizzard's Mobile Authenticator

How is the Blizzard Mobile Authenticator implemented? Does it happen to use OATH-TOTP or something similar?
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How do i use a guessable ID for authentication

This question doesn't fit well in many categories but hopefully someone's run into it before. I'm developing a web api that will interact with a physical device. Each new physical device has it's ...
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Google custom Search Engine api key: is it confidential?

Normally, I'd say yes, api keys should be kept secret, and Google's api console even says that. However, I'm just making an ajax get call and all the info is in the clear on my page in order to ...
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When (if ever) should web app force numerical, generated (hence hard to remember) logins?

Some bank sites force me to use system generated numerical login (ie. 8 digit number). Apart from singnificantly decreasing usability and giving impression of security (to some), does it serve any ...
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How are 2 Open IDs linked on StackExchange?

I have an account with Google & Facebook. Login IDs for them both are same (same gmail id). When logging into StackOverflow using either of Google or Facebook logins would link to same account. ...
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What makes a secure smartcard secure? Is contactless/RFID better?

In short what security features exist that I should look for in a smart card? What physical features exist, which are important? It appears smart cards may exhibit different levels of wear and ...
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How does DCOM authentication compare to RPC based authentication/auth?

The following paragraph from MSFT Best Practices for 2003 PKI says Windows 2000 authenticated via RPC vs 2003 that authenticates using DCOM A CA running Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, ...
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How do I constrain Windows Smartcards for AD Authentication so that “anyExtendedKeyUsage” is not implied?

This document describes how there are 3 ways to constrain a SmartCard certificate The Enhanced Key Usage field defines one or more purposes for which the public key may be used. RFC 5280 states ...
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How do I clear cached credentials from my Windows Profile?

Windows seems to be saving my credentials for a variety of applications (terminal servers, etc) and I'd like to purge this data. How can I backup and purge this data?
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Using only password to authenticate user (no “username” field)

I am creating a client access system, to allow manage invoices, make payments, access information about their products and information/functionality alike. Supposedly there are less than 1000 ...
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Using External Certificates on a network that doesn't permit outbound HTTP/S access

Some highly secure networks and DMZs prevent all communication to outside hosts. This can cause issues with validating externally signed data I can guess that issues with signature validation occur ...
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Whether certificates can be used for regulating access

I am thinking of a mechanism where I need to authenticate the client and control the access. I am thinking of using SSL for this purpose. I want to know whether using SSL solves my purpose. My ...
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Why does my bank use this verification method?

I hold my business account with Lloyds TSB [UK] and the process for logging in to their online banking service(s) is as follows: Login page Enter customer number Enter password Put debit card into ...
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Does Convergence solve the problem of hacked CAs?

My question is about the Firefox AddOn Convergence. So my question is if it is possible for convergence to observe that a phishing-site which is verified by fake Certificate because a hacker of a CA ...
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failed login attempts analysis

Is there any open source project that logs all the failed login attempts over a period of time and gives me analysis of the same, the login failure is at windows or unix or mac user authentication ...
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Getting started with SmartCards; what equipment do I need, what do I need to know?

I have an unused SmartCard slot on my laptop and I want to learn how companies take advantage of it. Are all SmartCard slots capable of reading and writing a blank card? Are there compatibility ...
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How should one manage authentication on custom line of business software

I am writing line of business software for a company, and we want to authenticate users, so we can manage workflow and do some auditing. Basically my employers don't want me to piggyback off of ...
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How secure are “mobile authenticators” versus traditional key fobs?

Two-factor authentication, password + device, seems to be increasingly mainstream among consumers with products like Activision Blizzard's Battle.NET authenticators. However, I am curious what the ...
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Using Tokens to Keep Users Logged In

I'm a PHP web developer who has been reading up on security recently and consequently this question entered my mind: How to properly and securely authenticate already-logged in users with a token? ...
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About important hacks in history [closed]

I would like to know how important hacks happened, because I can figure out how they hacked a website but I can't figure out how did they hacked into NASA International Space Station source code. Or ...
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HMAC Based Request Signing - Storing the Salt

I'm working on a (non high security) project that currently isn't live but might go live at some point. We have a REST API (implemented using Restlet and Neo4j) running on a server and an Android ...
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Does NIST really recommend PBKDF2 for password hashing?

We hesitated between BCrypt and PBKDF2 for password hashing. In many forums and blogs people say something like "In their Special Publication SP 800-132 NIST basically recommends using PBKDF2 for ...
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Two-factor authentication w/certificate and username & password?

Example scenario: ActiveSync Authentication method: certificate-based authentication AND Active Directory domain username-password Encrypted on device: public & private key AD username ...
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What's the risk if I accidently type my password into a username field (Windows logon)?

I'm used to logging into my personal Mac which is a password-only field (like waking from sleep mode). Sometimes I have to use a Windows network on which I have an account, but of course I have to ...
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MAC vs Encryption

I understand the difference between MAC (eg. hmac_sha256, etc.) and Symmetrical Encryption (eg. rc4, etc.), but my question is what advantage does MAC solve that using encryption doesn't? I know that ...