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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Public key encryption for initial challenge-repsonse

I understand public key encryption, public key authentication, how digital signatures work and challenge-response authentication, but what confuses me is when they are all combined, and the question ...
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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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Cyrus-Imap (v2.3.16) local logon attack

CentOS-6.7 Cyrus-IMAP-2.3.16 The host inet07.hamilton.harte-lyne.ca is our IMAP server host. It offers imap and pop3 publicly. I uses local accounts (/etc/passwd) for imap/pop3 authentication ...
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3rd party API access: Is OAuth really required?

Having a web application with a REST API (say, our-app.com), we want to open our API to 3rd party web applications (say, their-app.com). After some research, having read about OAuth, OpenID Connect, ...
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Are combined sign in / up pages dangerous, and how to improve them?

I'd like to code a combined sign in/up page like the one in the picture below. My colleague said this will allow spammers/hackers to see what email addresses are registered with our system and ...
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Authenticate with ADFS without Javascript?

I'm trying to allow a search engine that doesn't support javascript to crawl content protected by ADFS. Is there a way to allow clients that don't support javascript to authenticate to an ADFS ...
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VPN Authentication and Network Administrators

Is it possible for a network admin (or attacker) to monitor traffic sent to a VPN server during authentication and end up being able to decrypt the data as if they were the legitimate user? I don't ...
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Authenticating a user via SMS

I'm involved in a project that's building a chat-bot that users can communicate with via SMS from their mobile phones. We'd like the users to be able to use the bot to do some basic account-management ...
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Why is CertificateVerify message necessary? (Why isn't client authentication done through the KeyExchange)

Why is client authentication not done throught the KeyExchange like with the server, but through a CertificateVerify message? EDIT: To be more clear: When using RSA key exchange the client encrypts ...
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What is the drawback of allowing multiple accounts on a single email?

I run a website where users authenticate using email and password. Some users would like to have two or three accounts using the same email address. I see the use case in their situation, and am ...
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How to protect my server from continous login attempts (Ubuntu)

This is the log of my server: Mar 25 16:49:51 f4arelay sshd[10831]: input_userauth_request: invalid user git [preauth] Mar 25 16:49:51 f4arelay sshd[10831]: pam_unix(sshd:auth): check pass; user ...
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Mitigating Login CSRF on 3rd party websites

I'm working on a project that requires to have a signup/login functionality exposed to partners who manage their own website. For some of these websites they reuse our own backend, and just change the ...
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What are the disadvantages of single sign-on authentication?

We were discussing to implement single on in our web application,right now after analyzing we came to know that the following were the advantages of single sign on authentication. In the words of ...
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Increased security from separating username and login name?

I seen this question: Does username length/complexity positively impact security? which got me thinking about usernames/passwords from a developer-aspect. If a developer for an application were to ...
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Is the following authentication solution safe or am I missing something?

Context: I have two web servers ServerA (LAMP stack) and ServerB (ASP.NET stack). I think the technology (hopefully) does not matter. Both servers require authentication and supposedly doing their ...
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Can I use a satellite phone for 2 factor auth sms and such?

Would 2 factor authentication SMS messages or other kinds of internet security notifications work with satellite phones? E.g. companies like Google, Paypal, Facebook, banking institutions and others ...
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HMAC Token - Check Logic

I have a situation where I need a token that provides authentication. The common HMAC procedure I found is: Get Some key using login credentials Create Message, append key and other message data ...
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Session Management for Private Key Passphrases in a Web Application

Use Case I would like to encrypt data in a database for a Web Application. The following requirements exist: Decryption should only be possible when a user provides a passphrase Encryption should ...
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Should ability to access login page after authentication be considered a security flaw?

On one of the recent engagements, I bumped into something I have not seen before: after successful authentication attempt the user still can access the login web page and login as another user. It ...
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Authorization on complex ownership

I have problem with object ownership in my web application. In my web application. There are object types: 1. Faculty 2. Student 3. Student Group 4. Student Lesson The following user roles are ...
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Network authentication using router firmware scripting [closed]

To connect to internet in our institute, you need to login with your credentials on a page and then approve the IP address for proxy less usage. On a router, if one device authenticates, all the other ...
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How do I secure my REST API?

In detail here's the problem: I'm building an Android app, which consumes my REST API on the back-end. I need to build a Registration and Login API to begin with. After searching with Google for a ...
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What's the point of the CA?

So a Certificate Authority certifies that a website corresponds to a given organization. Why is this necessary? When I interact with a business or organization, I do it one of a couple ways: I ...
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Check if user is logged in on other ADFS authenticated site

I've been looking around for this specific situation, but so far no good.. We have multiple websites that use ADFS WSFederation, and we would like for a user to always pass through one, before being ...
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Strange name on “shared”, was I hacked?

I use a Macbook Air 2013 and I recently noticed a very strange and long line of digits and letters under my "shared" category in finder. When I click on the name, it just says "failed to connect." It ...
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Should I create one key pair per customer as Service Provider in SAML?

This is more or less the reverse of what's asked in this question. I recently added SSO with SAML to a SaaS Web application making said application the Service Provider (SP). This is done so ...
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How to get TOTP password with hmac sha 512 as hashing function?

ive never learned about javascript and network security before, but lately ive taken on some programming challange but i have to send my project link via http post request, and i have to figure the ...
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What is single sign on versus federated login?

What is the difference between Federated Login and Single Sign On authentication methods?
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Does ISP have control on all routers in their network?

When I was changing my router my ISP technician told me that he has remote access to all routers provided by ISP. Was that true? If that is a fact it scares me...
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Pin delivery: SMS, mail, or pin mailer?

Imagine a scenario where a 4-digit pincode needs to be delivered securely to an end-user. Several possibilities exists: Pin mailer (this seems to be standard according to ISO 9564-1) SMS Email Email ...
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Purpose of nonce validation in OpenID Connect implicit flow

The OpenID Connect specification requires implicit flow clients to generate and validate a nonce: String value used to associate a Client session with an ID Token, and to mitigate replay attacks. ...
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Is this authentication and encryption solution secure?

I need to communicate over insecure TCP sockets where SSL/TLS is not available. Does the following solution provide a secure means of authentication and encryption? - Client sends: username Server ...
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Do readers for the “Mifare DESFire EV1” smartcard really need to know the card's secret key in order to authenticate the card?

I'm trying to understand the security of a contactless smartcard system, used for access control and payment. The card is a Mifare DESFire EV1 implementing ISO 14443 (see the this documentation ...
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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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What's the rationale behind Ctrl-Alt-Del for login

Why is Ctrl+Alt+Del required at login on certain Windows systems (I have not seen it elsewhere, but contradict me if I'm wrong) before the password can be typed in? From a usability point of view, ...
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Single randomly generated passphrase for both identity and authentication

There are questions about using a password only to identify and authenticate a user, rather than an email address or username plus password: Why do we authenticate by prompting a user to enter both ...
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What are the advantages of a ZKP authentication system?

So, I read somewhere that Zero Knowledge Proof based authentication is good because it makes sure that the server does not store your password and neither is your password being transmitted over the ...
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Can You Prove a Chat Happened Online? [closed]

With so much communication happening online nowadays the needs to verify information is obviously an essential. However, let's say something was said in an online chat room/or private chat client, ...
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How can I enforce that an SSH private key has a passphrase?

My company is serious about security and willing to move to SSH key-pairs. Users can generate their SSH key pairs independently and I worry if they set a pass-phrase. Can I enforce this? Does signing ...
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How to uniquely identify users with the same external IP address?

I have created a login module on my website. I was able to deal with simple brute force attacks since I can identify the user based on username/email and throttle their login based on failed login ...
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Trying to build an open authentication controled authorization website for multiple domain users

I'm not sure that this is possible but I figure at worst, I'll be told you cannot do that. Our organization has a report server that sits in a DMZ accessible by multiple units that have their own ...
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How does Windows 7 login work? [closed]

Maybe the question can be considered ambiguous, so: how does Windows 7 work for its login authentication? What are the involved processes and what do they do?
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How does changing your password every 90 days increase security?

Where I work I'm forced to change my password every 90 days. This security measure has been in place in many organizations for as long as I can remember. Is there a specific security vulnerability ...
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Is HTTPS and Basic Authentication secure enough for banking webservices (RESTful)?

I have been reading about SSL/TLS for the last few days and looks like it has never been practically cracked. Given SSL/TLS is used for all communications between client application and the server, ...
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HAWK authentication vs. API tokens (shared secret)

I regularly find myself designing HTTP-APIs. My goto solution for authentication / network security is forcing HTTPS and using HAWK since it seems to be the only open standard for that. When I look ...
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How to prevent username and password matches when changing a username?

Let's say that I have a system where one of the security requirements is preventing users from choosing a password that matches their username. Usernames are not case sensitive but the passwords are. ...
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Mutual SSL - Using Public CA for Client Auth CSR signing

I have been reading a lot of articles regarding Mutual SSL, Two-Way Authentication or Client Authentication and I have a general enquiry which may have been answered in content that I've read but if ...
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When I register on a website, is there a way to know whether or not the site admin will be able to see my password? [duplicate]

It seems to me that whenever I register on a website, there is absolutely no guarantee that the administrator will not be able to decrypt and view my password (if they even bother encrypting my ...
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How specifically should I implement CSRF protection?

There are a ton of articles explaining what CSRF is and that I should use a CSRF token to prevent CSRF. A few of them mention details such as using SHA256 over MD5. However, none of them explain how ...
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What are the security implications of having a dummy user account representing unauthenticated users?

In my web application, users are assigned to groups and groups are granted permissions on objects. The application exposes some objects to unauthenticated public users (i.e. people casually visiting ...