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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How does SRP prevent man-in-middle attacks?

SRP is designed to resist both active and passive attacks, how does SRP prevent man-in-middle and packet modification attacks?
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What makes EAP-SRP-256 better than SRP? [closed]

What is the advantage of the EAP-SRP protocol? Is it only used in wireless?
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Is it safe to mix authentication methods?

Is it a good idea to "combine" authentication methods? Example we can use username/password method to authenticate a user from a server. What if we used this as a first authentication step to get ...
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Brute force a GUI login?

I know I have read somewhere that the reason the UAC prompt in Windows 7 was employed is that viruses that would supposedly execute privileged instructions won't be able to "click" the confirm button ...
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What is the risk and mitigation of accidentally typing a YubiKey password in an open forum?

I have a YubiKey in my laptop (for testing) and accidentally broadcast my YubiKey password out to the Internet. Since this is only a test key, and has no access to anything of value, here are some ...
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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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What security issues are there when reading cookie with .htaccess?

I have a (hobby) web site that runs only on SSL (i.e., site-wide HTTPS). The site does not deal with finances, social security numbers, or anything of that level of importance. However, I'd like to ...
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Is there a reliable way to simulate “Evil Maid Attack” boot path tampering when using bitlocker?

Suppose you have a system whose OS drive is encrypted with bitlocker and uses TPM + PIN authentication to authenticate the boot path against tampering. As I understand it, this setup theoretically ...
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How to use USB-Stick instead of passphrase?

I wanted to know if something exists that would allow the following. Whenever I use my RSA key(when using ssh for example) I'm prompted for my passphrase. I would like to, instead of being prompted ...
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certificate based network authentication

In certificate based network authentication, is the user tied to just the system the certificate has been installed on such that if he tries to authenticate using another system access is denied?
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Requirements for a smartphone anti-theft App

I recently installed Cerberus in my [personal] Android device to get some protection against theft (I'm not really interested in protecting its data, but rather in increasing the odds the device will ...
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Pure SRP authentication without TLS

IF using a SRP for client/server application authentication without TLS. Will it be vulnerable to man-in-middle attack, since if using SRP, the public info doesn't really useful to calculate the ...
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Demystifying Web Authentication (Stateless Session Cookies)

I'm currently researching user authentication protocols for a website I'm developing. I would like to create an authentication cookie so users can stay logged in between pages. Here is my first ...
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Protecting an admin area from the public

We are about a month away from launching a pretty important site, which comes with an admin console to help us manage the site. Now I'm not very interested at just leaving the admin out in the open ...
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Authentication system against the user

I try to search articles on the internet in this category, but no result. In generally we use authentication of the user against the system. So, we want to authenticate the user before he\she use our ...
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OpenID without SSL certificate

Is it wise to use OpenID (from Google or Yahoo) to log-into a website instead of a username+password login if that website doesn't have an SSL certificate installed? Just to make things clear, ...
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Central authentication

I am designing a system composed of several services. Some can be hit only from inside our network and a few can be hit externally. One of these services is a "login" or "authentication" service. My ...
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How to set up OpenSSH to use x509 PKI for authentication?

I do not mean simply putting the public RSA key of a x.509 certificate into ~/.ssh/authorized_keys - I'm looking for a way to set up a ssh such that x.509 certificates signed by a pre-defined CA will ...
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Using RADIUS for host authentication

Remote Authentication Dial In User Service (RADIUS) is a networking protocol that provides centralized Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA) management for computers to connect and use a ...
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Are there any solutions available which conform to AAA protocol?

According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AAA_protocol) In computer security, AAA commonly stands for authentication, authorization and accounting. It refers to a security architecture ...
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Good ways to prevent spammers from registering [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a true alternative to using CAPTCHA images? Since everyone hates captchas what are good alternatives? I'm looking to prevent the automated creation of accounts ...
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Picking an encryption algorithm for auth tokens passed via AJAX

I'm looking for a low CPU intensive encryption algorithm, to pass around session authentication tokens. As an example: The user will login in to the website (via OAuth, whether by the site as ...
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Loki How to crack the password hash OSPF?

I have created for myself a lab of routers in GNS3 . Routing protocol between routers is OSPF. Now,by Loki penetration testing, I found that routers are the feature authentication. Using wireshark, I ...
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Securing opensource web application

I have an open source website. I need to add an admin section to the website which is accessible to only one person. To make it secure, I was thinking about providing a login page which checks if the ...
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is there a safe way to login to my gmail account from a public pc?

Sometimes i need to use a public pc to access my gmail account, is there a safe way to login and keep my password safe in case there was a keylogger or a trojan on that pc? are there tools that could ...
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What are my options for securely printing an OTP Scratchcard?

I want to print and distribute several One Time Passwords (OTPs) that can't be easily disclosed to a 3rd party in transit. (think the physical version of a TLS session for private secrets) To me ...
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If multi factor authentication is enabled, how should that affect self-service password reset?

Given that security is only as secure as its weakest link, suppose I have website with additional authentication enabled in any of these ways: (example, multiple conditions may be required) ...
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Kerberos for sending secrets

I understand that Kerberos is used as an authentication protocol. However, would it be possible to achieve a similar effect as Diffie-Hellman with Kerberos i.e. establish a session key which can be ...
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Easy protocol for email authentication

I'm cooking up a very simple system to send commands to a remote server via email. Everytime an email is sent to do_something@mydomain.net, the server runs a python script that does something ...
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Relative costs involved in making changes to the current organisational security

I need help understanding what is required by the phrase "a comparison of the relative costs involved in making changes to the current organizational security procedures". Am I to compare the cost ...
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Asymmetric crypto to store credentials in HTML LocalStorage

We are developing a Mobile web app where the users want (and it is a non relaxable requirement) to be logged for a very long time. The solution we are developing has a web-client part in HTML+JS and ...
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Why does HTTP Basic authentication encode the username and password with base64?

RFC 2617 requires that in HTTP Basic authentication, the username and password must be encoded with base64. To receive authorization, the client sends the userid and password, separated by a ...
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Mutual authentication for humans

Is there any way for two people to securely authenticate each other without access to any special software (like PGP)? For example, when speaking over the phone or by sending SMSes to each other or ...
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jasypt message integrity

I've been looking into ways to encrypt an authentication token that I need to pass from one site to another. Things i have learned so far are use a high level library. don't use ECB use a HMAC to ...
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is RDP7.0 authentication process secure enough?

Latest version RDP used NLA, CredSSP and TLS to secure the authentication process. It sound like secure but in reality does it really secure enough. I knew that the previous version RDP is ...
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SSH: reusing public keys and known-man-in-the-middle

Usually, people recommend to use a single private-public key pair everywhere (if we're not talking about a possibility of compromising the private key): Best Practice: “One per-user ssh key” or ...
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Is this acceptable login security?

I was logging into a VM on a computer at work. The VM was Linux Debian 2.30.2. I discovered that I could input my password, followed by garbage, and it would be accepted. How is this considered ...
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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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Is there a law against one email containing both a login and a password?

I see most companies either supply a login or a password in an email, but never both in one email. Is this a "best practice" or is there an actual law that prevents legitimate companies from providing ...
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Is Yahoo SignIn Seal effective at phishing prevention? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Effectiveness of Security Images Information about the efficacy of Yahoo's SignIn Seal is scarce, the best I could find was this section on Wikipedia's entry on ...
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Should WS-Fed, Mozilla's Persona or OpenID ever be used with a Banking application?

Most banking sites I've seen use a sign in process that is proprietary, or otherwise won't integrate with an external IDP. Should banks offer integration with services like OpenID, WS-Fed, or ...
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Should the Keygen element be used to create a certificate for mutual auth TLS? What alternatives are there?

I'm interested in using mutual auth TLS to improve the security of my javascript based webservices . I've looked at the Keygen element and given all its issues, not sure if this can even be used for ...
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UNION SQL Injection

I'm trying to demo SQL Injection with a UNION query but I'm not getting results. This is the C# code and the database is SQL Server 2008 R2: string cString = "server=.\\sqlexpress; ...
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Disabling authentication via DSA keys in OpenSSH?

How can I disable DSA and ECDSA authentication on my server with OpenSSH 5.9? Sifting through the documentation material and doing a web search didn't yield any results - only an old bug report for ...
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Does PayPal support a backup code for two-factor auth? [closed]

Google and DropBox have backup codes in case you can't get access to one of the devices you have registered. Does PayPal have a backup code?
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Security measures against packet sniffing

I work in a environment where packet sniffing can be easily done . I was worried about my confidential data . Please suggest how is it done and precaution which i can take at client level.
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How to verify data from localStorage on a server

This is a cross-post from my Programmers.StackExchange post - I think this might be a better forum to ask this question. Admins - please delete either of them as you deem fit. On my mobile app, I am ...
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When should I issue more than one multi-factor device to a user? Is it OK to give several active tokens vs none at all?

Most of the conventional IT.Sec thinking I've seen says that a user can only have one multi factor authentication device. I'd like to challenge that defacto-thinking and ask if there is ever an ...
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WLFriends encrypted login risk

I recently had created on WLFriends.org which is presented by Wikileaks, I noticed a big thing there that the process of signing up at WLFriends was very distinct from the other normal sites. There, ...
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Can I use hardware token OTP to stop piracy?

Our firm sells an offline desktop (.exe) software, we are thinking of using OTP (from hardware token like in internet banking) to stop people from copying the software without permission. Basically, ...