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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Is there any way to cryptographically hash a human thumbprint?

Is there any way to cryptographically hash a human thumbprint into a form that can be consistently reproduced by thumbprint readers? Assuming that it would be possible to create a database of ...
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SQL Injection with pass MD5

I want to know, if in my login form there is any SQL injection possible. If there is, what could the exploit's web form entry look like? I send username and password by html form (POST). The login ...
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Remote desktop connection different networks password non VPN [closed]

I'm looking for a solution to bring support to users from a big network to other users into little networks. The idea is to keep control of content (no VPN). Also it's important that always users who ...
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iPhone 5S security: Given someone's fingerprint can I use a 3D printer to create a fake finger with a real fingerprint on it?

With such a big deal being made about the iPhone 5S's fingerprint reader (and formerly the Thinkpads' fingerprint readers) I really wonder how secure it is to use fingerprints in lieu of passwords. ...
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Verify a user's affiliation with an organization

I'm in charge of IT at a students' organization. Let's call it FratA. FratA has ties to sister-organizations in other university cities in my country. Let's call those FratB through FratZ. These ...
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Two-Step vs. Two-Factor Authentication - Is there a difference?

These days, there's pretty much three forms of authentication in general use on the web: Single-factor authentication, e.g.: PIN or password. Two-factor authentication, e.g.: Single-factor plus a ...
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Login security without SSL

I have a web app without SSL (I know it's not good, I try to take it as a challenge). The login is two step. First the admin sshs into the server and runs a maintenance companion program that provides ...
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Restrict access to a specific type of entity

I want to create a web service that can only be accessed by a specific type of entity: my own mobile application. Is there any well-accepted methods to do this? I'm thinking about embedding a secret ...
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Kerberos authentication over the public internet

What are the threats to having the KDC accessible via the internet for remote clients? It's my understanding that the authentication is a challenge/response protocol and that the password is never ...
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Can the client certificate authentication process treated as a user digitally signed the content(and then get verified on the server)?

The authentication was triggered by certain event (like approving button) on the form. In the process of client certificate authentication (in IIS), user was asked to use their PIN (private key) and ...
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Safe to drop email verification when using Facebook login

If a user registers an account on my Website with Facebook authentication, can I safely skip the "verification email" that is usually sent to users who sign up without Facebook (that is, from a ...
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Why is OAuth 2.0 being used for mobile devices, and not OpenID?

Microsoft Azure Mobile services exclusively uses OAuth 2.0 for authentication, and many other providers mention the use of OAuth 2.0 specifically when referring to mobile devices. Question What ...
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If my users use Google OAuth for authentication, can I allow 3rd party apps to read data on my site?

Suppose I run a book club, and each of the members sign into my website using an OAuth token from Google, Twitter, Live, or LinkedIn. When the book club becomes popular, we discover that 3rd party ...
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Are Yubi Keys secure “out of the box” when purchased for use with Yubi Cloud?

The YubiKey personalization tool allows someone to configure a YubiKey for HOTP, challenge response, and a variety of other authentication formats. YubiKey offers a number of personalization tools ...
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Is there a way to keep sudoers from editing stuff in /etc/ssh/sshd_config?

I have root login disabled in SSH and I want to be able to eliminate the possibility of a sudo user editing the /etc/ssh/sshd_config file and enabling root ssh login. Is this possible?
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configure squid to use another digest proxy

I'm connected to a squid proxy that does digest authentication , and I have installed another squid proxy on my centOS 6.4 and configured it to use the upper proxy . The problem is that I need ...
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How can I best manage root passwords for many servers?

Lets say I have two racks with about 40 nix servers in them. I don't want to set all of the root user passwords all the same do I? If not how do you manage and keep up with all of the passwords? Is ...
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Risks for a new type of website login feature

What would be a security risk for a website feature that allows you to connect to your account without typing your password, given that you allowed such a login for the next say 10 seconds from a ...
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Is this REST service authentication system secure?

I have to implement a token based authentication for a RESTful web service. This is the first time I'm implementing security features in a software, and this is what I have in mind for now : The ...
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What mechanism to use for simple and secure HTTP API access?

I am currently working on a service which offers a HTTP API for mobile clients. I want clients to authenticate in order to access my API. The server itself is doing the authentication there will be ...
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Dual Authorization (Social Auth 2.0)

Can you see any obvious challenges to requiring 2+ users to confirm authentication requests using an association such as a friendship type of relationship. A practical application would be an ...
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What are the security implications of storing password blacklist?

I want to add a password blacklist that would prevent the 1000 most common passwords from being used in order to mitigate shallow dictionary attacks. Is there any negative implication of storing this ...
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Is it wise to log failed login attempts of non-existing accounts?

In terms of application layer authentication, it is common to track failed login attempts to existing user accounts. However, I have not seen anyone tracking failed login attempts of non-existing user ...
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What are the benefits and drawbacks of emailing a user a login token/link?

The Question I was reading a forum last night discussing the idea of emailing a user a login link, much like a password reset link, so they don't require a password. Their email address is already ...
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Is it safe to show user a message if account is locked

I am working on a web application, security is high priority. So, if a user has failed to login more than 3 times, the account will be locked. Should I display a message to the user saying "your ...
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Why do you need to login after you change a password? [duplicate]

I can't recall a website that after resetting my password I was automatically logged in, I had to type the password again - which seems quite silly. From a security perspective, why do websites do ...
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How does the authentication flow with Azure Active Directory differ from Azure ACS?

I understand that Azure ACS acted as a STS that had the ability to redirect users to a given STS (OpenID, LiveID, Facebook) or authenticate using a local user/password account. In a passive situation ...
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Disclose to user if account exists?

Someone told me it shouldn't be possible for someone to detect if a certain email address is used by a registered user on a website. So, for instance, when the user asks to reset his password, you ...
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WCF - Is this a good security Architecture?

I am building an information recording system (WCF based) for a business that is accessible by staff over the internet. This software will not be distributed and there will only be a handful of users ...
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Protecting Website Static Resources

If I have a website that is only accessible by authenticating at a login page, is it possible for a non-authenticated person to get access to static assets (images, css, javascript, ...)? I imagine ...
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Generating API keys within an OAuth2 session for non-web-browser clients

I am using Google's OAuth2 for authentication for a website which also has a RESTful API component. I would like to support connections from clients which are not within a web browser. Also, I'd ...
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Security measures for “Forgot password” link

I noticed that Facebook sends out a "Forgot password" code of six digits, which is very short for a validation code, so I assume they are doing the following: Set a session variable which is linked ...
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Why do major sites (eBay, Github) not ask for a password when I attempt to change email addresses?

When users change their email addresses within a web application's user account, I see the following problem: An attacker (who has access to your session) could change your email address to a new one ...
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Alternative to charging 2 small amounts for credit cards authentication?

Currently the client I'm working for charge 2 small amounts on adding credit card to authenticate credit card. After that they ask end-users to check the exact amounts on their monthly statements and ...
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Is there a way to configure WPA2-PSK to provide Forward Secrecy?

Is there a way to secure an wireless connection against a decryption attack where the PSK is known (E.G. Airdecap-NG)? Is it possible to configure Forward Secrecy on 802.11 Wireless Connections?
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Why oauth use a secret with temporal credentials?

I am trying to understand oauth protocol. I am currently looking at temporal credentials section of the oauth 1.0 sepecification. I can't understand why the secret is needed along with the temporal ...
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Security behind the windows 8 eye

I use the Windows 8 operating system. Whenever I navigate to the login page of Internet Explorer 10, or even the login screen of the operating system, I see an eye symbol at the end of the password ...
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Pin + guid in URL secure for a web app?

We have an ongoing project at work in which the security is a hot topic of debate. The whole site is SSL and proposed auth process is like so: User receives a non-unique 4 digit pin number in ...
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Ban or delete abusive users [closed]

I'd like to hear recommendations on a best practice for handling abusive users (for whatever reason) on an authenticated Website. Is there any point in keeping the user in the database with a ...
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Extended Basic Authentication

I would like to implement a REST API with Basic Authentication which relies on username and password. Because REST is stateless the user would have to reenter username and password for every request ...
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Custom web authentication scheme

For a project at work I'm currently implementing a not too large webservice. For reasons of learning something new I tried making it a REST service, which then prompted the issue of authentication. I ...
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Using authentication only one time passwords [duplicate]

I would be interested in advice. Imagine a authentication mechanism where users are authenticated ONLY using some code (e.g., one time password) which they receive (say as SMS) on their mobile phone? ...
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Transparently authenticating users or devices on mobile devices

I have an interest in using EAP-TLS to authenticate both users and devices separately on mobile devices (phones, iPods, tablets, etc.). My issue is how to delineate between user authentication and ...
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Security for REST api (user/pass auth vs hmac vs oauth)

I have two servers (one on Hetzner (I am calling it H) and other in my office (calling it O) ). I need to run a basic CRUD web service on O and the only consumer of the service is H. Data on O is ...
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Is secure web-app off-line auth possible?

I'm currently thinking about a web-app that can go offline (after being online) and still be able to provide authentication to the user securely. (For example, in a multiuser environment, it's quite ...
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What is the use of the “secret” displayed when setting up 2 Factor Authentication?

What is the purpose of the "secret" that is displayed when you take the picture of the QR code to set up 2 Factor Authentication on a non-Google site? Why would you need it? If you save it, doesn't ...
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How to log into sites that you have set up Google 2 Step Authenticator if you lose your phone?

If you use Google Authenticator to log into sites using 2 Factor Authentication, how do you log in after you lose your phone? Can you install Google Authenticator on another device?
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Do Google 2 Factor Auth backup codes work for logging into Google or other sites?

I set up Google 2 Factor Auth to log into other sites. I see there are backup codes if you lose your device. Are these used only to log into Google, or can they be used to log into other sites?
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Why doesn't Google 2 Factor Auth ask for a code? [closed]

I set up Google 2 Factor auth to use 2 Factor Auth with certain sites. But reading over the help suggests that Google 2 Factor Auth is only used to log into Google services like Gmail. But when I log ...
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A protocol to authenticate users without login/password

A casual message exchange on reddit yesterday got me thinking whether it might be possible to design a protocol that removes the need for users to remember a unique password for every service (s)he ...