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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What are the potential vulnerabilities in a SAML-based SSO approach?

What level of access would an attacker need to obtain to compromise a SAML-based SSO system? Would stealing the private key used to sign SAML requests be enough? What if an attacker had root on the ...
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Are Three attempts to block login a good idea?

In the company that I work there is a security rule: If you enter your password 3 times wrong, your login will be blocked! Then I have to go to mainframe program and re-register my new password. ...
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What are some good ways to verify user identity for password resets?

I'm wondering how others verify the identity of users they're resetting passwords for. We currently try to speak to a manager at work, but it frustrates end users and seems like we don't trust them. ...
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What can I do if my bank thinks my date of birth is “known only to me”?

My bank has recently replaced passwords with occasionally asking me information that is "known only to me". Such information includes my date of birth, postcode, and my mother’s maiden name. ...
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How secure is TOTP key on phones?

Our company is considering several options in moving to MFA with software OATH TOTP or yubikey OATH OTP. In regards to where the secret is stored, I'm aware that a yubikey or similar hardware device ...
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Multiple security layers for SOA REST intranet services

For intranet applications that already leverage Active Directory, is there any point or benefit to adding a second layer of security such as OAuth when accessing SOA REST services? We're new to SOA ...
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How to use OAuth with Active Directory

I'm creating a REST WCF service and want to use OAuth to authenticate each user's request. The user accounts are stored in Active Directory so I have access to their AD login name on the client ...
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Is there any reason to show the same message for invalid username as password?

I've seen a security question/requirement that a website login return the same error message for invalid password as for non-existent user. The idea being that this it makes it impossible to discover ...
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Forgotten password or reset link, which is more secure to email?

I originally posted this as a reply here in this thread but didn't get much feedback on it, and now I'm curious as to what others think is the best approach, or if there is any difference between the ...
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Should a user have the ability to be logged in from multiple locations at the same time?

In the past, I've always used a single session per user setup, but I'm working on a project now where a user can be signed in from multiple locations/browsers at the same time. What are the security ...
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How to estimate the number of entropy bits & search space of a signature system like passtouch?

Apologies if I'm using the wrong lexicon, I'm just reading up about password systems out of interest. After seeing the xkcd strip on passphrases and coming across the passtouch system (youtube demo) ...
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What are the shortcomings of the following bank transaction authentication scheme?

Here in Germany, authentication of transactions in online banking (beyond the basic log-in password which is and has always been needed as well) has evolved from a list of one-time passwords which are ...
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Any suggestion for a good readerless smart card (security token) solution? [closed]

I'm developing a small CRM application that will have to store some sensitive data and I would like to (optionally) supply my users with the possibility to use a readerless smart card (aka "security ...
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RDP - Same login sufficient?

I just authorized remote access to my Windows 7 machine (not using NLA, since I run a mainly Linux network). I diabled Remote Assistance. My user (JoeBlow) is protected with password 123456 and ...
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Why the servers stores hashed password instead of relaying on private/public key

I understand why the SSL client certificates are not widely used (need to install them, problems with shared machines etc.). On the other hand when I log into the server the password is send to it and ...
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If I include a Forgot Password service, then what's the point of using a password?

I've implemented a Forgot Password service in the following way: User goes to login page, clicks on "Forgot password?" User is presented with a form that asks for their email address. Email is sent ...
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How does bidirectional authentication using SSL work?

Let's say Alice wants to use a webservice on Bob. Bob is on bob.in.wonderland.com Alice opens a connections to bob.in.wonderland.com:443. Taken by DNS magic rabbit, Alice arrives on port 443 at ...
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How will security need to be changed if P=NP?

If we suppose that it is found that P=NP, how will security measures need to be changed? I'd like to know the major security measures that are affected, and how they would need to be changed. We can ...
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Is it secure to have one salt or generate and send it over the air?

To authorize user I'm sending salted hash over the air. My question it is more secure to obtain randomly generated salt (but send unencrypted), or have one salt on client (desktop application) and ...
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Is CIFS/SMB (Folder Sharing in Windows) secure?

I have to back up some data from windows 7 machines over the internet, and I rarely use windows so am distrustful of it in general. Specifically: Is there any sort of check that the server is the ...
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Does TLS-OBC only improve security of Web Browsers? Does it improve the security of SSH?

I'm studying the TLS-OBC extension and would like to know if it improves security of non Web-based protocols? Specifically, would it be of any benefit to SSH clients? (version 1 or version 2.x/secsh) ...
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Can IP address be a component of 2-factor authentication?

I have a bunch of Linux machines that I wish to administer over the Internet. I currently use SSH keys, but have been advised to use 2-factor authentication. SSH Keys are something you know. Is an IP ...
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How can a new website create trust with users?

Earlier I asked a question on how to authenticate business identities, now I am wondering on the other side (the user side). There is also How do I choose whether to trust a particular website? How ...
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Verifying users location & authenticity

I am builduing a business to business website, and users are able to sign up with a personal profile and create a business (like linkedin). I need to verify the following: Business Name ...
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I need ideas for blocking a single malevolent user

Let me throw out this problem I'm having to some of my technical peeps and see if you guys have any new suggestions: We have a website that sends text messages and voice mails for our clients. ...
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Please explain Time-step in Time-Based One-Time Password Algorithm

I am studying about OTPs (One Time Passwords). I have gone through all the methods: HOTP (HMAC-based One Time Password), TOTP (Time-based One Time Password) I have no issues with HOTP. But according ...
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Smartphone SSH clients with shared user

I am writing an application for smartphones to provide very limited SSH usage. The user cannot perform arbitrary actions when logged in. They can run a specific script(s) only. For various reasons ...
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How to protect data on your hard disk if it is in an unfriendly environment?

The essence of the problem as follows: There is a server located on the side of our company. There is a hardware client module, which is in a public place, which communicates with the server via a ...
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Web application software architecture: basic security

I am a complete beginner in the security topic and I know that I should read this, but I have a small question to which I hope exists a short answer. Let's say I have three components of a ...
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Deciding whether user has left the site without logging out or has simply left the site open for notifications without actually doing any work?

I am developing my site using server side sessions using redis as backend for saving the session. Now the issue which is bothering me is of user leaving the website without logging out. I mean user ...
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How does deauthing work in aireplay-ng?

I have a question of how aireplay-ng works when it deauths. I mean, it is really easy to disconnect another client from an AP: you just need to run the deauth command (in aireplay-ng) once, specifying ...
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Mobile OTP - Secure?

I came across Mobile-OTP, "a de facto standard for strong mobile authentication" (http://motp.sourceforge.net). The developers claim that it is very secure etc. Reading through the implementation, I ...
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can ssh passwordless public key authentication be ok if combined with a VPN?

Having a debate with a coworker about the merits & faults of public key authentication with ssh. I'm basically wondering what all the possible merits and faults are, especially in regards to ...
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Prevent denial of service attacks against slow hashing functions?

I've been thinking about bcrypt recently, and what I wonder is if there's a way to deal with the inherent (D)DoS problems with slow hashing functions. Namely, if I set up bcrypt so my machine takes ...
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Security for home server, wiki

I recently set up my own home server, running Ubuntu linux. The intent I'm having for this is to have a private wiki for my family, so we can have a place to collect information like phone numbers, ...
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Efficient and simple way of securing home pc with hardware token

I am looking for a simple but reasonably safe way to secure my home pc (and laptop, nas, etc.) with a hardware token. I would like the system to be secure, but practical enough to be used on a day to ...
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What to consider when generating random code as part of two-factor authentication?

I want to write a patch for a two factor authentication system that someone else has started. The code is a module for a PHP content management system and sends an SMS message to a user's phone, after ...
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Tomcat IP restriction vs Two Legged OAuth

We have a server side API that is completely REST based. We are coding to secure them with two legged oAuth type authentication. We are planning to iPhone and Android apps in the future, but for now, ...
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Are fingerprint scanners easy to bypass?

Thinking about adding a fingerprint based authentication layer, but then I recalled the MythBusters beat fingerprint security system episode -- is this a common issue, and if not, how do you tell if a ...
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How does multi factor authentication modify the AD authentication process?

I'm trying to understand what would have to be updated to make Windows-based systems support multifactor authentication. Possible things that might have to be modified: Active Directory / Domain ...
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Should the email server/application be protected by 2 factor authentication? What applications should be protected?

When should email be protected by 2 factor authentication? Suppose a given company is in an industry where two factor authentication is offered to some or all of its clients. Does this mean that it ...
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How hard is it to intercept SMS (two-factor authentication)?

A lot of two-factor authentication mechanisms use SMS to deliver single-use passphrase to the user. So how secure is it? Is it hard to intercept the SMS message containing the passphrase? Do mobile ...
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sha512 as no-login-necessary token

My site has a news subscription system. When an item is updated, a notification email goes out to everyone subscribed to that item. You can un/subscribe via a form on each item's page. I wanted to ...
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Should user be allowed to save password in browser?

The auditing company found a bug "The Auto-complete form attribute is set in password field". They suggested to disable autocomplete for this field to prevent disclosure of it "when working on shared ...
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Computer-level logging by financial institutions

I am looking for the best approach to recognizing a specific computer and saving that computer as a "safe" login machine. My intuition points me to using cookies, but what value do I store in there to ...
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DRY API Authentication Design Between Services

I am creating an API service that is going to require authentication. this will be the first part of a project that will include a front-end service for my website, and also open up the api for 3rd ...
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PAP and CHAP implementation using Java

I want to implement PAP and CHAP based authentication in my Java project how can I implement ? is there any API available in Java for using that protocol ?
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Token Based Authentication & Pass-the-hash Attacks

Do token-based authentication solutions (such as RSA SecurID) mitigate tools like incognito and/or pass-the-hash tools?
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Does secure remote password verifier transmission need to happen out of band?

With relation to the necessity of a verifier being transmitted from the client to the server prior to any handshake steps, I was wondering how this is supposed to happen securely? To me this seems ...
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role based site security - the nuclear missile condition

So I'm in the process of working on part of our new role based site security system and have come up to the "nuclear missile" condition. The system is based around the idea of grouping, with the ...