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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When authenticating ciphertexts, what should be HMACed?

Some have argued for using AES-256-CTR with HMAC-SHA-256 for authenticated encryption over AEAD-specific modes like EAX and GCM. However, when doing, this, what should be HMAC'd? And how? ...
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What authentication threat data exists?

I recently read an article that said there was not much data on which authentication threat vectors were actually being exploited in the real world. Eg what percent of password theft was by ...
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How secure is this login page? [closed]

Unfortunately I cant link to the page (it internal). But I can describe it! This is a lightspeed systems policy enforcement login page (content filter). The page is http and there is no iframe with ...
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Is Facebook Connect or Twitter OAuth PCI Compliant?

We have a system that stores credit cards securely on file. We'd love to allow users to sign up using Facebook Connect or Twitter. Obviously this wouldn't be secure if we were trusting just any old ...
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Store user passwords in NoSQL database?

I am currently coding the backend of a website and I have not come across an article where this is discussed. I want to store all my application data in MongoDB but I'd like to split out my sensitive ...
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MAC vs Encryption

I understand the difference between MAC (eg. hmac_sha256, etc.) and Symmetrical Encryption (eg. rc4, etc.), but my question is what advantage does MAC solve that using encryption doesn't? I know that ...
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Are Java applets more secure than regular forms for login?

In Norway we have something called BankID which is a login solution for banks and other stuff. It consists (from a users point of view) of a Java applet where you enter your SSN (person number), a one ...
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How does multi factor authentication modify the AD authentication process?

I'm trying to understand what would have to be updated to make Windows-based systems support multifactor authentication. Possible things that might have to be modified: Active Directory / Domain ...
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Is this login authentication safe?

I have been thinking of a way to authenticate users so as to pick out the users using cracked versions of my game from the people who have actually bought it. I came up with this idea: The client ...
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Safe User Login Questions

I need help determining how safe the login is. First of all, I have been reading this: The Definitive Guide To Forms based Website Authentication It's really well written, great information most of ...
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Should we block all plaintext authentication and require authentication over an encrypted channel?

Should we configure our servers to require the authentication happen over an encrypted channel and block all methods of unencrypted, plaintext authentication over? I recently configured my servers to ...
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ssh public/private key pair

I am having problems understanding how ssh really works. I know it uses a public key cryptography to encrypt messages. However, I can ssh to a server without first generating a public/private key pair ...
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Help understanding basic user authentication with salts and hashing

I for some reason am not understanding how to execute a secure authentication between client and server for a user. I've read many resources, and I understand how to use the hashing and salting tools, ...
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Is the OpenPGP private key inherently password-protected?

I know I am required to enter a password every time I use my OpenPGP key. Is this done via software implementation or is it a property inherent to the protocol, and therefore the key? Essentially, ...
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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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Automating Social Engineering Prevention

Being an advocate for DIO (defensive information operations), I have always been concerned about social engineering and its relation to server security. Giving administrative access to staff members ...
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How strong are google's Application-specific passwords? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Google Account: implications of using application-specific passwords In 2-step verification of google accounts, we need to use the Application-specific passwords ...
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Should I use salt to authenticate data?

I have a client and a server. The client makes a request containing userId, cardId, position (on the card) A hacker could just do the same http request with the next position. So I think about ...
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how to identify whether my page is phished or normal page?

Usually I differentiate phished page and normal web pages by seeing https before the address of the web page, as the lock symbol will help us to identify. Are there any other methods to differentiate ...
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How can Microsoft validate a shorter password on Microsoft accounts (MSDN)?

I recently ran across this when logging into MSDN. (I saw this screen after typing my initial credentials.) I have a 20+ digit password, however there's apparently a new requirement for Microsoft ...
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Do you need to encrypt session data?

I came across a session management class in PHP which encrypts session data in the session storage folder (i.e., /tmp) and can be decrypted later in your script using a key. I was wondering if it's ...
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Should SMS systems warn users of possible spoofing attacks?

The author of this blog post Never trust SMS: iOS text spoofing says that: The sender of an SMS message may provide arbitrary sender information using low level protocol features. Furthermore the ...
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Getting started with SmartCards; what equipment do I need, what do I need to know?

I have an unused SmartCard slot on my laptop and I want to learn how companies take advantage of it. Are all SmartCard slots capable of reading and writing a blank card? Are there compatibility ...
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What are the risk tradeoffs of all-in-one “smart” IDs vs. using a separate hardware authenticator?

In many organizations these days, employee IDs are very mutli-functional. They can serve as: Visual identitiy verification. (Including employee photo, name, ID number, and other details on the ...
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Is Creating a Restricted Database User in Microsoft SQL Server Decent Protocol

Forgive me for the heavy metaphor but it's a situation's complexity kind of goes over my head. Assume I'm Leonard Shelby (My short term memory only lasts 5 minutes). I'm a freelancer that reads ...
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How to secure a server backend

I am developing a server which serves two purposes: it is a CMS for people to use and maintain some data, and a Web Service for a mobile app to get this data. It runs on a Debian server running Tomcat ...
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Is it okay for API secret to be stored in plain text or decrypt-able?

Aren't API keys considered usernames and API secrets considered passwords? Why is it that API servers like Amazon Web Services allow you to view your API secret in plain text? It makes me think they ...
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Signed request vs HTTP digest auth for API authentication?

By signed request I mean something like this (simplified example): Client creates a sig in his request: $sig = hash('sha256', $api_key.$data); which generates 7409ur0k0asidjko2j for example. He then ...
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Blackberry + RIM Bluetooth-based Smart Card Reader

Has anyone used this Bluetooth based smartcard reader? (scroll to bottom) If so, what are your experiences with it? Can you tell me if it's possible to require only the presence of the card + card ...
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Encrypting/decrypting information in database

So, let's say I have a secret message I want to encrypt and store in my database, from where an authenticated user can retrieve, decrypt, read, update the message. EDIT: the issue I'm encountering is ...
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Can I export my digital certificate to this emtec usb

It is said here http://www.emtec-international.com/sites/default/files/s530_aes_en_0.pdf 2048 bit RSA module: ready for PKI application SHA256 data hashing: ready for digital signature Does it ...
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How can passwords be stolen from Yahoo?

I always understood that servers don't actually store user passwords. Instead, they store hashes of passwords and then they validate the user input by applying the hash function, then compare the ...
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How can i find what hashing algorithm was used?

One of my clients has asked me to modify the login page that their board members use to access their materials. The problem here is that the person previously responsible for this has left no ...
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Considerations when displaying OpenID and WS-* output to an end user

I'm creating a "Learn OpenID and WS-*" website and am using all the best practices in making the site secure. I would like to create a page that decryption the current session's OpenID or WS-* token, ...
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Does NIST really recommend PBKDF2 for password hashing?

We hesitated between BCrypt and PBKDF2 for password hashing. In many forums and blogs people say something like "In their Special Publication SP 800-132 NIST basically recommends using PBKDF2 for ...
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Implementing an invitation process for user setup

In a new ASP.NET MVC application I'm working on we'd like an administrator user to be able to set up other user accounts by creating invitations which will be emailed to the new user. That email will ...
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Authentication between web services within the same project

In our project, we have several web services. Some of them are meant to be used only by the other services and the system administrator. We already have a global authentication system for users, this ...
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Why do some people really hate security via client-side?

For instance, lets look at a common login system for a website HTTPS connection is made User submits credentials via POST Server-side code hashes the password and looks if it matches the user name ...
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Custom EC2-style user authentication system - how secure is it?

At work I'm trying to design a user authentication system that is session-less (including session based tokens such as those used in OAuth2) due to client software requirements. The services are REST ...
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How should I tell an organisation that they are vulnerable when I wasn't given permission to check?

I was recently at a village hall (in the UK), some distance from where I live, for a party. I noticed that they had unsecured wi-fi with an SSID of NETGEAR. I assumed it was free wi-fi for users of ...
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Does secure remote password verifier transmission need to happen out of band?

With relation to the necessity of a verifier being transmitted from the client to the server prior to any handshake steps, I was wondering how this is supposed to happen securely? To me this seems ...
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NVidia update service creates local account on system. Does anyone know the users password?

Nvidia update service has created a local user on several of my boxes. Does anyone know its password? I recon it could possible be leveraged as an entry way for an attacker. Details: wmic ...
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Are there vunerabilities with this authentication mechanism?

I am trying to come up with a way to implement token-based authentication for a REST API without the need for SSL. The goal here is to avoid sending any sensitive information across the wire. I was ...
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Are there any anonymous OpenID providers similar to Gawker's “burner”?

Gwaker has an anonymous commenting system called Burner. It is offered as an alternative to Facebook, Twitter and Google. What's the difference between Burner and creating a throwaway Google , ...
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Is using a public-key for logging in to SSH any better than saving a password?

Using a public/private key pair is fairly convenient for logging in to frequented hosts, but if I'm using a key pair with no password, is that any safer (or less safe) than a password? The security ...
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Establish a secure channel with mutual authentication given pre-shared public keys

Suppose I have a system whereby parties are identified by their public key (with some pre-selected asymmetric key algorithm). Suppose I have a party PUB1 which wants to establish a secure channel with ...
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What user was this spammer trying to authenticate as?

I have a custom application that monitors and logs a user's SMTP session, and came across this spammer trying to use my MTA as a relay. Is it possible to determine what username they are trying to ...
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Delivery Failure Notification spam protection?

My domain (example.com) has recently been targeted by spammers who are sending email (somewhere) but forging the sender as random-name@example.com. I have been getting flooded by delivery failure ...
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How can a SAML Relying Party redirect to one of two IDPs?

We need to support the following Authentication flows User 1 logs into Salesforce using Salesforce Credentials User 2 logs into Salesforce using Arcot +Ping + Siteminder credentials User 2 logs into ...
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How to detect suspicious tokens collected by a hacker

I previously asked a question here What's the use of adding a challenge in the otp algorithm? Let's suppose that a hacker has succeeded to collect tokens. Is there a way to detect suspicious ...