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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Build a secure channel without SSL/TLS

I'm looking at possible options to build a secure channel between multiple embedded devices with limited cryptography capabilities and an HTTP server (It could be some sort of web service). 1. ...
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HTTP Basic Auth is enough?

I have WebSVN, Gitlab and phpMyAdmin hosted on my dev server. Now, all of it, I password protect the pages (not their individual login) using HTTP Basic Auth, is this the best practice that I can do?
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NFC used in place of contact based smart card two-factor authentication

My organization is trying to move away from contact based smartcards (because our hardware vendor is no longer integrating them into their current systems) to some other form of two-factor ...
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Securing a REST api at the message level

I'd like some feedback on the following authentication idea, does it makes sense, and is there a standard way of doing this (or similar) so I can rely on a well tested implementation. I've seen many ...
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Does Gmail 2-factor auth increase security on smartphones?

So I have enabled 2-factor authentication on Gmail, which means that if I log in on a new machine, it sends a token to my phone. Now, if I access Gmail from my phone, it seems like I have only one ...
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Is it secure to use a URL to automatically authenticate to an OAuth-protected API?

I'm looking for a way to create a URL that allows a user to login to our application without providing a username and password. We have created an API which is protected using OAuth 2.0. I want to ...
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Known examples of spoofed Change Request?

A Change Request from a client (in the commercial sense of the word) to an organisation supplying an IT system to that client, can add or modify requirements for that system. Are there any known ...
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What are the security implications of (not) expiring login screen session? [duplicate]

I manage a single sign on solution (CAS) for a group of related web applications. The CAS specification states that Login Tickets are associated with every login attempt which can only be used once. ...
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What are the security implications of using TOTP for single factor authentication?

(Note: I am not actually planning to do this. This question is strictly theoretical.) TOTP is commonly used as the second factor in Two Factor Authentication. It is an open standard with available ...
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Login system using authenticated encryption without storing user password

I'm not a security expert, so I might be asking a silly question, but let me describe what I am thinking about. First, I know that a lot of web sites store hashed/encrypted passwords which could be ...
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Share certain information only after death

After your death, you want to make sure that a special someone gets a vital piece of information (like the password to your bank account), but: You don't want anyone else to be able to get that ...
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How does Google detect new devices for two factor authentication

When you enable two step verification for google accounts, you get sent a code by SMS to enter in addition to your username and password the first time you log in with a new device. How do they ...
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Authenticating users on offline devices such as ipad

We are wanting to authenticate the user inside a webapp (JavaScript/HTML inside browser) running on a tablet, but want to be able to do this when the device is offline from the network. I realize this ...
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Password on login idea

In addition to the standard best practices on password logins. Has anyone considered a captcha like system but instead of just typing out what is in the captcha, the captcha will be directions on what ...
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Multi-tenancy, SSL Certificates, and Subject Alternative Name

The X509 specification allows a CA to issue a single certificate for multiple hostnames, by using the "Subject Alternative Name" extension. From the spec: The subject alternative name ...
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Stateless REST API and secure server side password storage [duplicate]

RE: Duplicate - Did anyone actually read my question? The question marked as duplicate is in no way, shape, or form what I'm asking. I specifically state that a DB compromise must not allow an ...
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API message verification without storing private key?

I'm in the process of implementing a public API for my web service. Security is a key concern as money is involved. It seems the current common practice for "authenticating" users in API requests is ...
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Password and username used to connect to database in source code [duplicate]

In PHP scripts that communicate with the database I have the username and password to the database in plain text i.e. mysqli_connect('localhost:3306', 'root', 'PASSWORD!'). From OWASP Do not ...
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Can I spoof IP addresses when attempting to brute force a login?

I am testing my website with hydra brute-force software. But accessing my apache conf remote server file, it seems that an attacker can't log-in more a limited number of times per seconds. Does hydra ...
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Connect to Mysql database from remote host without remote access [closed]

I have a website which is managed through CPanel. I know that remote database connections are disabled by default and I have tested that it is indeed disabled. I know that many people have some of my ...
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Is it common for a One-Time-Password system to become unsynchronized?

One-Time Passwords look like they can play a helpful role in a layered-security system, yet their use, especially paper-based TANs seem like clients could be vulnerable to getting out of sync with the ...
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Secure authentication cookie for web site

Hello i want to know if this auth token is secure enough for a site of millions of logged in users: ...
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Designing single-sign-on with JSONP/CORS?

I like the way that OAuth/OpenID can authenticate/identify a user from another domain, but only if the other domain allows it (presumably on the user's instructions). I would like to do something ...
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Terminology: authentication vs verification

The two words have a similar meaning and I'm having difficulty adequately explaining the difference to someone. You verify a person's identity by having them show a form of identification, such as a ...
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Motorola Human Authentication Pill/Vitamin Security?

This appears to be hot news today, Motorola announced a form of pill that a user can swallow which is activated and powered by stomach acids and transmits a signal back which can be used to ...
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Do I need logging enabled in my rules in IPFW for sshguard-ipfw to work/blacklist ip's?

From the FreeBSD handbook: Even with the logging facility enabled, IPFW will not generate any rule logging on its own. The firewall administrator decides which rules in the ruleset will be ...
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Do keyfiles actually add any meaningful security in the presence of strong passwords?

In the context of protecting access to local encrypted files or devices against a determined (and competent) adversary, is there any reason to believe that the use of a key file actually presents a ...
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Can unencrypted keys & logins be kept out of program memory?

No matter what technique is used to store encryption keys & logins, it seems that all roads lead back to program memory (as far as I know), as an unencrypted version of the keys & logins will ...
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Security benefits of Single Sign-On [duplicate]

What are the benefits of a single sign-on implementation from the point of view of security? From my point of view, if the account is compromised the attacker has access to any resource, so ...
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What attacks, if any, are possible against Security Support Provider Interface (SSPI)?

I've been looking at SSPI recently, as it is used for authentication in a variety of Microsoft products. From the looks of it, it's based on GSSAPI and provides an abstraction for wrapping various ...
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How is an HTTPS login secure when pages use HTTP?

When someone go to eBay's website, they use an unencrypted connection between their PC and eBay's server. If they sign in, they are redirected to a secure site identified by its certificate and may ...
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Is TextKey SMS 2 factor authentication secure against cell phone cloning?

I came across this website today that implements SMS based authentication that works "opposite" most SMS authentication methods. In typical SMS authentication, the provider sends you an access code ...
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Does providing OAuth for mobile apps pose a security threat?

Let's take a look at the basic OAuth workflow: The basic idea is that the Consumer (App) asks the user to grant him access to the Service Provider. The service protects the user by asking him each ...
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How can I verify the identity of a US | UK -based person and prevent *fake identities* from being accepted?

Given that it's possible to fake ID cards and fake social security numbers are created, I need to ensure that all users of my site are US or UK based citizens, and don't have more than one account. A ...
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Login with a hash. Is this secure enough?

I need to provide store's clients with a tool to check the status of their repair orders. The clients doesn't have a user or password. They are only a record in the database. Yet I need to give them a ...
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How secure is using CRAM-MD5 for email authentication, when not using an SSL connection?

Background: My current server-provider tells me it's no problem to store the passwords in plain-text in the database, saying he has to do so because they use CRAM-MD5 for email authentication. My ...
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Force SSL/TLS client cert authentication even if server does not request it?

Usually the server specifies in the Server Hello message if a client certificate is needed/wanted. Does anybody know if it is possible to perform an authentication via client cert if the server does ...
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CSRF protection with Session Id

To protect against CSRF, couldn't my page javascript just dynamically insert the session id from the cookie into the body of each HTTP request right before it's sent? The server would then just ...
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Why isn't open WiFi encrypted?

As far as I understand, WiFi networks that require no password send traffic through the air unencrypted. Those that require a password encrypt each connection uniquely, even if they're all using the ...
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Can a cracked antivrus software do the job? [closed]

Some of my friends say that their cracked antivirus software updates regularly, and does the job as same as a legitimate software would do. Is this possible? How do they bypass the activation key ...
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MPPE-Send and Receive key derivation from MS-CHAPv2

I am trying to get the MS-MPPE-Send-key and MS-MPPE-Recv-key from the MS-CHAPv2 challenge material. I am able to follow the RFCs 2548 3078 and 3079 to the step of getting the GetNewKeyFromSHA() it is ...
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Is it okay to sign a PGP key without an IRL meeting?

[PGP] can get paralyzed by excessive analness. — Phil Zimmermann Preamble I am in the process of building my own web of trust. That is, I want people (PGP users…) to be—fairly—sure that, by ...
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Should I enforce a password policy on a web site?

For a commercial web site, is it important to impose some restriction on passwords to access the system? Eg. special $char, Upper and lower case, numbers, at least a minimum length... Can a CAPTCHA ...
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How can I implement authentication in my proxy server?

I have a proxy server, it will have a captive portal page. Users will be required to sign in before gaining access to the internet. So far I am aware of IP and/or MAC address based authentication. ...
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Simple and secure remote installation method that accepts input via a web page?

When installing software on a remote server: Is it possible to let the admin (i.e. the user that installs the software) define admin username and password via a HTML page, in a secure manner? ...
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Does prompting for security questions on new computers add any security on banking websites?

When you sign into Bank of America on a computer you haven't used with them before, the site prompts you to answer one of your security questions. How exactly does this make the site more secure? ...
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How can Bank of America tell that I'm logging in on a computer I haven't used with them before?

When you sign into Bank of America for the first time on a computer that you haven't used with them before, they detect this and force you to answer one of your security questions. I think I've seen ...
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Send credentials by sms [duplicate]

If a user forgets his login credentials for a web site, is it secure enough to send users credentials by sms?
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How do you evaluate and audit Central Authentication Service (CAS)?

This is in reference to Jasig's CAS software and I'm looking for a checklist to audit the state of security of a CAS implementation. While the Jasig site has a lot of documentation and their mailing ...
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Why would a website allow answers to security questions to be used interchangeably?

I needed to reset my password on a website that uses security questions for the purpose, and I noticed something strange. My hypothetical security questions are (not the ones I actually use) are: ...