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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POP3/IMAP Stronger Authentication

We recently deployed a two-factor-authentication solution in order to strength logon to our web applications (one of them is web based mail, Microsoft outlook web access) Most of the users who have ...
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Creating port-specific SSH authentication for the same user

I have a Linux server running SSHD and would like to know if its possible to configure it, such that from within the LAN you only need a RSA key to authenticate (on port X), but from outside the LAN ...
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Two-Factor Authentication: When is it worth it?

I was reading this article, and it triggered the question: Why not use two factor authentication? In his case, it both possibilities were enabled anyway, so this looks to me like it's two attack ...
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How do I migrate users with shared email addresses to an email-based forgotten password process?

I'm migrating users from custom application-level authentication security (built into the app, using username as the unique identifier) to security as a service (using ThinkTecture's Identity Server ...
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How to figure out who is pummeling my WP install with bogus login attempts

I have a WordPress install which uses the plugin Wordfence. I set Wordfence to block the IP of anyone trying to log in with a non-existent username. For several months now, I have been getting many ...
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Safe to expose Active Directory via LDAPS externally?

We currently access Active Directory via LDAPS internally for authentication and user data retrieval. Is it common, or safe, to expose this publicly over LDAPs? Addendum 1: Our business case, ...
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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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Authenticated sessions and Man in the middle

I see a lot of websites (including Stackoverflow) using this authentication mechanism: Client authenticates under HTTPS and gets back a session id. Client drops back to HTTP and accesses secure ...
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failed Login attempts logic

I want to add security to the system login. So here's my idea: If a user tries to login with a valid username but invalid password, then count it as a failed login attempt and store it in the users ...
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PHP IP check as security?

Would just like some input on a PHP script I'm writing. It's just a simple script that only myself should be able to access. I don't have a dynamic IP address, so this isn't an issue for me, but I'm ...
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what are security flaws on providing access to users through a unlisted/private/token/signed URL?

Some web applications enable registered users to grant temporal application access to un-registered users sending token/private/unlisted/signed URLs (I ignore the exact terminology for this), which ...
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Why is AWS phasing out public/private key authentication? [closed]

I'm working on the authentication strategy for my app (again). My current strategy is a clone of the AWS strategy of issuing public and private keys and using them to sign requests sent to my API. My ...
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Computer-level logging by financial institutions

I am looking for the best approach to recognizing a specific computer and saving that computer as a "safe" login machine. My intuition points me to using cookies, but what value do I store in there to ...
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Three-Factor Authentication for Windows

This HowToGeek article... http://www.howtogeek.com/67556/how-to-unlock-your-pc-by-being-nearby-with-a-bluetooth-phone/ ...got me thinking. Is there any software (or combination of software) that ...
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Using encrypted data in session key instead of random

I am writing a service-oriented (REST) application that is (nearly) totally stateless: it can authenticate by API keys, but for web UI it uses the session where it stores nothing but an authenticated ...
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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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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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Challenge-response login without storing a password equivalent

A problem with many challenge-response login systems is that the server has to store a password equivalent. For example, if the server stores SHA1(salt + password), and an attacker captures that hash, ...
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How would authentication when depositing, and withdrawing money from a fund, differ?

I have to do a presentation on developing an authentication plan for a financial services application used to manage an investment portfolio. I have to develop use scenarios for the 2 functions (...
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Is it a security risk for users not to logout of a website?

Is it a security risk to myself that I am not logging out of Twitter, Facebook, StackExchange, and a majority of the sites which I am using? Is there a chance for someone to hijack my session or cause ...
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Is there a list of phone numbers Facebook uses to send auth tokens?

Up to a few days ago, I always received Facebook auth tokens from numbers +181338477XX, except a few times from +85294985XXX. Problem is that lately I've been receiving codes directly from Italian ...
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Restrict access to admin area by checking SSH connections

Assuming that the users have dynamic IPs (so I can't whitelist) and that setting up a VPN is not an option, is it a valid approach to restrict access to an administration area by only allowing IPs ...
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Is it ok to use the same password for many services with two-factor authentication?

Let's say that I've a relatively strong password, but I don't want to use many different passwords for each different service, and let's say that those services provide two-factor authentication using ...
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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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What's the meaning of the term “ad-hoc MAC” (Message Authentication Code)?

In SSL literature, I've noticed the use of the term "ad-hoc MAC". I understand the meaning of MAC (Message Authentication Code) and how it works, but what does the term Ad-hoc MAC mean? Note: With ...
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Certificate based authentication vs Username and Password authentication

What are the advantages and drawbacks of the certificate based authentication over username and password authentication? I know some, but I would appreciate a structured and detailed answer. UPDATE ...
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SAML and OpenID, centralized and decentralized

I'm learning SAML, which is said to be centralized. To understand the difference with decentralized, I'm reading about OpenID. I find it difficult to understand the difference between the two, ...
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What is the most credible timestamp I can create for a digital file?

Is it possible to create a timestamp that is so hard to fake, that it could be used as proof or simply strong evidence in a court of law, that something was not created after a certain point in time? ...
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How to avoid DDOS against Kerberos Authentication Server

I have a school project where i am supposed to implement a Kerberos based infrastructure (AS, TGS and resource server). It is already done and working, but i started thinking about how to protect the ...
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Secure use of psexec or better alternative to it

I want to remotely start VMWare virtual machines (I own VMWare Workstation) and to this end I need to execute on host something like "vmrun -T ws H:\VMWare\VM1\VM1.vmx nogui" with user desktop context,...
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how secure is rsa encryption for a web login without https?

I have a server running rstudio. This is basically a web application, and it is currently only accessible over the local network. The web app takes your Linux username/password in order to log you in,...
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Is it safe to use a ECDSA public key as a password seed for GCM/AES?

Two peers already exchanged their ECDSA (curve secp256k1) public keys using a secure channel. They want to establish an authenticated encrypted channel between them. They will use CCM mode and with ...
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How do application specific passwords work in Google accounts? [duplicate]

I turned on 2-step verification and had to setup an application specific password for Outlook. I noticed the password generated is actually weaker than the one I had before turning on 2-step ...
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Securing Javascript plugin

My company offers a Javascript plugin that is meant to be embedded with websites. It works in a similar fashion to Google Analytics, in which you add a bit of Javascript and then it does some magic on ...
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Can session data be manipulated without access to source code

When implementing a web-based application, how secure are any session variables against manual manipulation beyond the scope of my code? i.e. when a user is authenticated, if I were to initialise a ...
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SSL Handshake random number?

I realized all of the phase of the handshake but I do not understand how it does that from the two randomly generated numbers are unable to generate a session key that the client and the server uses ...
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Amazon Turk - How secure is it? Strange behavior

I just had this really strange experience with Amazon Turk, where suddenly I was logged into someone else's account. I was logged into the company's Turk account, left my computer for a while, ...
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Can the device seed be recovered from the iPhone/Android RSA SecurID app?

The Windows RSA SecurID app allows the device seed to be determined and cloned from one machine to another (see this blog post). Do either the iPhone or Android RSA SecurID apps suffer from the same ...
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Use SSH config file with Putty [closed]

I'm using SourceTree (a Git GUI) which uses PuTTY as SSH client. I need to push some code into a repository for which I need to tunnel through SSH to do so. The trouble is, the repository and SSH ...
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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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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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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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Preventing online voter fraud

As part of a promotional campaign, my company wants to launch a site where users (and potential users) of our product will be required to register and vote for certain choices. Depending on how ...
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Should email verification links be 'time limited' after user registration?

Regarding web application user management, I understand that password reset links are effectively "password equivalents", and therefore it makes sense to limit them to one use only and also make them ...
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What is the exact difference between SAMLp and WS-Trust?

They seem to be similar on the surface, but I'm not sure how deep the differences are. Can someone explain to me the difference between SAMLp and WS-Trust? ADFSv2 gives me a choice between these ...
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How can I add a layer of security to cleartext passwords and SSL?

I'm creating a web API in .Net for a web application. I'm wondering what the industry standard for login authentication is. I know that most people believe that sending cleartext username/passwords ...
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What happens if you run out of password attempts?

In Samsung Knox, you have 20 password attempts. However, it is never explained what happens if you run out of attempts. Does it delete your Knox data, do you need to enter the recovery PIN or is it ...
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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: ...
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Web Application Authentication Using Computer Properties

Introduction: I am in the process of building a web-based game that requires user authentication. The vast majority of other gaming sites utilize the typical username/password method for ...
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Evaluation of cryptosystem for authentication and keyexchange

I'm a masters student in computer science who works part time with my own company as a consultant. My lastest project is based on my bachelor thesis which handles everything except the security. The ...