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 a rand from glibc's rand secure for a login key?

Same question as Is a rand from /dev/urandom secure for a login key, but with glibc's rand function instead of /dev/urandom. And what would be a sufficiently secure seed generator?
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Should usernames be kept secret?

Help me settle an discussion among colleagues and guide future design: Even in a high impact scenario: e.g. protecting payment application or government gateway but in an Internet accessible ...
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Choosing an authenticated encryption cipher mode without associated data

In the application I'm writing there is need for a huge amount of private data transfer on the order of eighty gigabytes, but there is no public data. I'm looking especially to gain ...
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Is This Login Security Enough?

I'm coming up with my next login system for admins of an ecommerce website to have login form is SSL secured password is converted to sha256 before being transmitted (bcrypt is too slow still for ...
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How does external authentication work?

For example, I can log in to stackexchange websites by logging in to external websites such as OpenID, Yahoo, etc. How does this work? How do the websites (SE and Yahoo!, for example) communicate? How ...
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Secure communication between applications using SSL Certificates

I am looking for a way how to secure communication between our applications. There is a "server" application listening on some TCP port and "client" application which is communicating with the ...
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Encryption strategies for multi users access in production systems

I am pretty unknown to encryption strategies in production environments. So my concern is to find a solution how to strongly encrypt data, but make it available to multiple users with different keys. ...
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Are there any smartcard/hardware-tokens for certificate-based authentication which are easily destroyed?

It's all very well to use multi-factor authentication, but supposing you want to 'destroy a factor' so that in an situation where you are likely to be coerced to provide your passphrase, you can ...
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WLAN Router authentification [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I ensure that I connect to the right wireless Access Point? Is it true, that WLAN routers aren't authenticated by clients? The only "authentication" is SSID and ...
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Ensuring a web-service only processes requests from specific computers

I'm in the process of designing a system that consists a client application and a single web-service. The client is distributed on several machines (installed by me or a colleague), and the ...
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How is “something you have” typically defined for “two-factor” authentication?

A wide range of products claim to offer "two-factor authentication" (c.v. Two-factor authentication - Wikipedia). Most are deployed as "something you have" to be used in addition to a normal password ...
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How do you Secure VOIP in a large organization

As part of a large organization looking to implement VoIP, to get on the bandwagon of savings and converged network focus, I'm being asked to look at the security concerns to develop a policy to help ...
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How do security questions work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do security questions subvert passwords? Is it true that on some websites (e.g.: free webmail) there are "security questions" - if the user forgets about his password he ...
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Is the argument really over on SSO?

I got shot down on ServerFault recently for suggesting that SSO can be less secure than having different credentials for each service. What are the arguments against SSO?
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Attack vectors in POSTing variables from one php script to the next?

I have an application which is structured in the following way for its signup page. After this signup, the user is directly granted access into the system - there is no email verification (as ...
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Open source centralized authentication for heterogeneous network

I'd like to centralize all authentication on my network using something like an LDAP server. Clients consist of Windows and Linux servers. I'm looking to manage authentication for virtualized ...
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Theory behind RSA SecureID/Lockheed attack

Unless I missed something I don't think RSA/EMC came out and said publicly what was stolen earlier this year when they were compromised. So I know the answers to this question will be conjecture. That ...
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Files for download and their hash numbers

I'm far from being an expert in the IT security and I have this maybe naive question. Many downloadable files are deployed on websites together with the corresponding hash numbers to ensure their ...
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How should passwords be stored if they must be recoverable?

By "encrypting" passwords you are violating CWE-257: Storing Passwords in a Recoverable Format. But this is exactly what the French government wants. They want to be able to obtain the passwords of ...
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Appropriate password requirements for a login (OpenID) service/provider/delegate/thing

This is with regards* to Stack Exchange's upcoming OpenID provider (and in particular, discussion about password requirements). Currently, password requirements are: Must contain 3 of: lower case ...
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Verify SAML Response is from a Trusted Source

I'm in the process of making changes to my site so that we can be a SAML 2.0 Service Provider. We will be doing IdP initiated SAML with Out-of-Band account federation. My question is this: Given a ...
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How does LastPass' grid multi-factor authentication work behind the scenes?

I understand how to use the Grid multi-factor authentication as a user but how does it work technically? Specifically how can just a few letters from the grid be enough to decrypt any secret defined ...
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How does the “Service Identity” feature of Azure ACS compare (and contrast) to a real IDP?

It appears that the ACS has IDP-style features within the "Service Identities" section. How does the ACS treat these in comparison to a real IDP? What is missing? Some examples I'm thinking of ...
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Biometric authentication in the real world

can anyone give a realistic estimation, based on real-world experience, of how much biometric authentication techniques are being used in the IT field?
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Multi factor authentication on Ubuntu workstations, where to start?

Is it possible to have Ubuntu users log in with multi-factor authentication? I was thinking of a combination of pass(word|code) and smartcard (with screen locks when for example smart-card is removed) ...
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Question about the SessionLock paper

Some time ago there was a big fuzz over Firesheep: by listening to wifi traffic your login session can be stolen which is very bad because now somebody can e.g. send emails on your behalf. Some people ...
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Are there consumer-grade VPN services that support two-factor authentication, like SecurID?

I'd like to increase my VPN security, and Google hasn't turned up anything with regard to VPN services and SecurId. Does anyone know of services like this?
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3 way authentication

Can someone please tell me what does 3 way authentication mean? I cannot understand this concept? :( Now if there are two people A and B 1.) A challenges B with a question 2.) B gives the answer and ...
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OpenSSO and Basic Auth together

Our project is moving towards OpenSSO, but we have some CGIs that are accessed via web services. For example, one CGI locates files on the server and supplies them to the client. I understand that ...
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What authentication system (OpenID, Facebook, etc) permits Javascript-free and/or Cookie-Free operation?

I'm looking for an authentication system that relies on 3rd parties (ADFS, OpenID, SAML) but doesn't rely on cookies or Javascript... or at least can make them optional. My intent is to gracefully ...
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Is it possible to have authentication without state

In order to login to most websites you need a username and password which is often stored in a SQL database. You are storing per-user information that can change, this is state. Can you prove that ...
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Is there a way to accept signed requests without storing client's password in plaintext?

We are developing REST Web service. We will give Identifier and Secret string to each of our REST clients. When doing requests, clients will authenticate themselves using HMAC algorithm (they will ...
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Verifying server software integrity?

I'm trying to brainstorm a security scheme for the problem of verifying server software integrity. The domain of this problem is Game Servers built on Valve's Source Dedicated Servers. These servers ...
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What boxed solutions exist for taking care of Authentication? Mostly focused around websites

The Internet is generally plagued by websites that break basic rules of security, then there's a middle tier where website try to secure passwords... but they do it incorrectly. And finally, there's ...
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One Time Passwords. Using OTP at Windows, Ubuntu and internet sites

my question is this: Is there a way (software,hardware/token or web-ware) to use One Time Passwords in the following scenarios: Logon to my pc/laptop (windows or ubuntu) Logon to sites with OTP ...
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Reference implementation of C# password hashing and verification

Does anyone have a reference implementation (ideally 3rd party certified, or government approved) way one-way hash a password for C# and or Java? Ideally,I'd like to see something that includes a ...
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BlackBerry client authenticating to Java Web Service

I already asked this question at StackOverflow here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4970681/blackberry-app-security and was directed to this site, can anyone pitch in as to how I can solve this ...
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What were the specific security flaws with OAuth 1.0? How are they being addressed in 2.0?

I read an article documenting Twitter abruptly pulling its OAuth support back in April 2009. The article said it wouldn't specify the hole for security reasons, but mentioned "social engineering" is ...
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How effective is the Mac Open Firmware password protection?

I have used Mac's Open Firmware password protection before and I've always wondered how effective it actually is at protecting my stuff. [assuming a good password] Would does the firmware password ...
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Non-OEM Biometric Software?

Most of us with fingerprint readers and such devices probably use the software provided by the vendor, to enable biometric OS login or single sign-on functionality. However, I've recently wondered if ...
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Is there software available for two-factor, biometric authentication to the OS?

Many fingerprint readers and other biometric authentication devices come with software for single-factor authentication to the OS. Is there any third-party software (F/OSS or otherwise) available for ...
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How does LiveID work? Is there any documentation on the LiveID provisioning site msm.live.com?

I'm trying to learn details on how LiveID works, when compared to other federation technologies. To be honest, I'm a bit overwhelmed by all the options at https://msm.live.com/ and want to understand ...
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How is the password prompt going to protect me from ruining my computer?

On Unix based systems, I'm often prompted to enter my password before installing or running a program. Why does this protect me? If I'm running a kiosk, I understand that a password might prevent ...
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How to set up a single sign-on for multiple domains?

I've set up a single-sign-on for two of our sites that live on the same domain: a.domain.com and b.domain.com I did it through cookies, but they are domain-dependant. And - as it is written in the ...
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Is it possible to change the admin user/password remotely on a router without logging in?

Is it possible to change the admin user/password remotely on a router without logging in? If yes, how so?
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Dealing with expired or revoked signing certificates with Infopath documents

Suppose I have an Infopath form that is digitally signed today by a valid, and active user. When that user leaves the company, we disable the account and revoke the certificate. This causes a problem ...
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Storing third-party auth info securely

Suppose there's a multi-user web application that requires access to user's mailbox (on third-party service, like gmail, etc.). This access needs to be persistent. Which means we'd have to store user ...
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How to protect against brute forcing

How do you properly implement defenses against brute forcing? Is it best to store how many times someone tried to log in and block them after X attempts? And how would "someone" be identified? With ...
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What shell binary should I use for the root account on a Linux system?

Is there a security advantage to using a different shell for the root account, either a hardened shell program, or simply a shell binary stored in a non-standard location?