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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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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Is this a secure data exchange scheme for a game?

I am writing a multiplayer game. I have a central server which processes everything. For data exchange I use HTTPS protocol. Because this is a game I cannot use computationally expensive systems like ...
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What types of trade-offs are appropriate when using encryption/authentication on devices with low bandwidth?

This is my first foray into this Stack Exchange, and I have limited knowledge of the InfoSec world, but I'll try to make this a pointed, answerable question. I'm tasked with investigating including ...
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Are third party authentification provider included via iframe by default considered (in)secure?

Authentification provider X is used by many non-related websites like A, B and C as (sole) authentification provider. X therefor provides a framework for athentification which includes a login form ...
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What are reasonable alternatives to “Trust this computer” prompts when signing in?

User feedback for a bank authentication website included this comment: It's annoying to get verification codes to my email or phone every time I log in to my Bank account from a new device ...
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OAuth2 client account & data storage [duplicate]

Context I have a REST API where a user can create an account from a web client. The password is saved as a salted hash in a database. When a user is authenticated they can save and retrieve private ...
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Kerberos vs. LDAP for authentication — which one is more secure

Can anyone describe/outline the relative merits of using Kerberos or LDAP for authentication in a large heterogeneous environment? And Can we switch between them transparently?
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Wired Deauth-Like Attacks

[story] Good Evening Guys, I just got out of a lan house which uses a system named Geto (Geto Lan House Management System 4.0), and I was wondering if it is hackable. [/story] While searching for ...
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Identify the attestation certificate (X.509) in Fido U2F registration response

I'm trying to identify the attestation certificate (X.509) in Fido U2F registration response as described in fido-u2f-raw-message-formats-v1.0-rd-20141008.pdf document: An attestation certificate ...
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How secure are the FIDO U2F tokens

Google and Yubico just announced the availability of cryptographic security tokens following the FIDO U2F specification. Is this just another 2FA option, or is this significantly better than solutions ...
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Proper secret key management

Right now, I'm thinking that for all incoming requests, my server will check the token of the request against the token constructed from my app's global secret key for authenticity. The only way for ...
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Avoid unauthorized updating of online leaderboard php/sql [duplicate]

I am developing an offline web app (game) for android using cordova (phonegap). The leaderboard of the same is maintained online in my server. Currently this is how the leaderboard is updated Step ...
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SQL Injection - login bypass [closed]

Background information: SQL Injection as a school task. Login bypass. Given two input fields name and password. Confirm via solve button. Info on what I have and was able to find out: it is ...
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What precautions should I take when creating users that will be used by applications and not by people?

I have some applications that need to access to a webservices bus. Own applications that access to the bus authenticate using a webservice on that bus but in this case I need that third party ...
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How to Securely Implement a “Remember Me” Feature?

Assuming you already have a website that implements all of the standard login stuff, what is the correct and most secure way to allow users to automatically be logged in for a certain time period ...
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Samba printer usernames and passwords , security problem

Password leaks , printing from Linux client to windows based print server When authenticating Linux users for using a windows share printer on their machine, the windows domain user-name and password ...
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central auth servers and in-app password changing

BLUF: philosophically, when (if?) should (web) services that use a central auth server add the power to change passwords? Simplified definitions, for the sake of this question: Central Auth Server: ...
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Mobile Phone Client -> Server Authentication based on device

I have a mobile application (Android, iOS) and a server, which handles requests from the application. It is easy to perform standard authentication using SSL, password and random token to ...
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Using Two-Factor Authentication to Stop Pass-the-Hash

Am looking into mitigations to Pass+the-Hash and Pass-the-Ticket in Active Directory that also improve overall network security, too. Have sorting through some of the many two+factor authentication ...
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How should resource providers validate OAuth2 tokens?

Resource providers often provide read and write access to resources. A resource provider should therefore not only validate the token (is it expired? is it revoked? is it valid? does it contain the ...
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Multi-factor authentication - email link

I'm trying to understand possible issues with the approach of sending the MFA one-time-token to the user as a clickable link in the email. Instead of submitting the OTP on the web page, user will ...
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Persona private key storage?

Following the Q&A here, I have a few remaining questions: I am still confused about whether the could be any local access from a malicious browser extension to this shimmed private key or not? ...
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Token in URL changes on click [closed]

Logging into OpenCart admin, I find a token in its URL: http://localhost/opencart/admin/index.php?route=common/dashboard&token=xOHq2UzQ0YwKTubXgxNpGFySmAA9W90z The synchronizer token pattern is ...
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Security problems with password-less SSH

Is there any downside of configuring password-less SSH authentication? Although it is very handy and secure, if someone gets access to my system with my account and there is password-less ...
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When automatic login may be acceptable from the point of view of security?

In my organization some IT people is requesting to install devices with automatic login configured. The reason they defend is that the user will be able to perform only very low risk actions: for ...
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Can Simultaneous Logins Occur When Two Users Have Both Pieces Of Two-Factor Authentication Information?

In a hypothetical situation (say a screen capture program or rootkit, where, incidentally, a password change will not make any difference) where an attacker has both your password, and sees the ...
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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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Compromised JSON Web Token (JWT) Bearer Token

We are implementing a REST service that requires authentication and authorization. Because of the stateless nature of REST API's, we want to use JWT to make authenticated calls to the API through a ...
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Create mod page for an anonymous website

I developed a website. There is no login section in the website. I didn't want to force people to sign up. Now I have a problem. There are a few .php pages that only I should access. How can I do ...
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Using OAuth 2.0 without token storage

I am building a system for a product which requires authentication and authorization. Naturally I have chosen using OAuth 2.0 as it is a commonly used protocol and has proven to be useful. I am ...
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Understanding Digital Certification as as a whole starting from a normal http request

I am trying to understand the difference between digital signature and digital certification and how they work as a whole together on a high level perspective. I hope gurus here can point to me if my ...
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Is it good practice to ban an IP address if too many login attempts are made from it?

Since an IP address does not necessarily represent a specific device, but probably a whole network/company/etc. does it at all make sense to block an IP address if there is a significant amount of ...
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Ways to secure administrative pages of a portable site

I made a CMS (using PHP) that is basically drag and drop to be live (under linux/apache hosts), now I need the communications between the administrative/login pages of said CMS and the client (recent ...
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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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Why is 'Bearer' required before the token in 'Authorization' header in a HTTP request?

What exactly is the difference between following two headers: Authorization : Bearer cn389ncoiwuencr vs Authorization : cn389ncoiwuencr All the sources which I have gone through, sets ...
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Can TLS provide integrity/authentication without confidentiality

It was a bit surprising that Wikipedia has switched to TLS because we all know it's public information available to anyone, but I suppose that the real purpose for that is to provide ...
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Storing Data Without Knowing Anything About the User

Let me start by stating that this is really my first foray into encryption. I have written username/password systems, and such, and am familiar with salting and hashing passwords... but I have never ...
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Prevent CSRF attack using regular expression, session storage, and auth token?

User login to my Web API Service using his user name and password. Web API Service response auth token to client browser. Client browser save auth token to session storage using JavaScript. Client ...
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What's The Easiest Way To Maintain Remote Users Access to a Webapp

Here is a real world case: A chain of high schools (several hundreds) has many websites (~ 3x number of Schools) that are content driven by users (the students). Every school maintains about 2-4 ...
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Distinct databases with the same Kerberos Authentication server

Should two deployed applications within a private network requiring distinct databases (for storing their own users credentials) require distinct Authentication servers (implementing Kerberos)? Or is ...
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SSH Key vs Complex Password with Fail2Ban & Two Factor Authentication

Normally you hear that using an SSH Key is far more secure than using a regular password. However I've been wondering if this statement is really true. Let's say we have the following variables for ...
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Getting automatically logged in to others session via Wi-Fi

Recently, I experienced a very strange behaviour on our Wi-Fi network: we share a Wi-Fi network using a simple router. One of us pays the bills and he's the one, who got the management account from ...
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How can I track someone logged in my gmail account over imap?

Gmail tells me if someone new logged in to the web-interface (device, browser etc.) But what about IMAP logins? If someone has my password can he stealthy read my mails over IMAP?
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Custom Authentication in a RESTful API - Will this work?

I was just wondering if this would be a reasonable way to write a custom authentication method for a RESTful API. It seems moderately secure, but perhaps I'm way wrong here. 1) Email and Password are ...
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does the --nack command do what I think it does in reaver and why won't it work?

I have a problem with reaver. I try the --nack command reaver -i mon0 -b 00:01:02:03:04:05 -vv --nack --mac=00:BA:AD:BE:EF:6 for example. And I assume it will try a different PIN, even if it ...
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Are reCAPTCHA enough to prevent brute-force password guesses?

I was wondering if reCAPTCHA were strong enough to prevent BruteForce from bots or if I needed to add more security, such as sending a unique mail to the user every 5 tries that someone try to log on ...
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Protect software from copy [duplicate]

Imagine I wrote some software on .NET which will run on client machine. Is it possible to detect that someone copied my software to different computer? (Assuming my software can connect to a remote ...
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Is this login security enough?

I'm coming up with my next login system for admins of an e-commerce website, which will have this: login form is SSL secured password is converted to SHA-256 before being transmitted (bcrypt is too ...
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Client certificate vs HMAC

My team is working on web API project for one customer which will call this API. Now we are thinking about authentication. We've stopped on two options HMAC and client certificates HMAC: pros - no ...
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How to secure a modem/ wifi router without login?

A friend of mine has a DSL-modem/wifi-router from his ISP. The configuration page of the modem requires no login and no login can be set. It is said that there also exists a superuser but this is only ...