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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What is the difference between an x.509 “client certificate” and a normal SSL certificate?

I am setting up a web service through which my company will talk to a number of business customers' services. We will be exchanging information using SOAP. I would like to handle authentication with ...
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What common products use Public-key cryptography?

I want know what common use products are there that use public key/private key cryptography?
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Where can I find good dictionaries for dictionary attacks?

I’m wondering where I can find good collections of dictionaries which can be used for dictionary attacks? I've found some through Google, but I’m interested in hearing about where you get your ...
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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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(SoHo) Multi-Factor Authentication for Remote Desktop Gateway

I am looking at implementing some sort of multi-factor authentication for a Remote Desktop Gateway at a small office (less than 20 users). Where would be a good place to start for a quality, ...
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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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Isn't openid with http an issue?

Many openid enabled sites default to http identifiers, even if the openid provider supports https (such as myopenid.com). Does this pose a threat beside the identity being exposed? The second step of ...
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Is BASIC-Auth secure if done over HTTPS?

I'm making a REST-API and it's straight forward to do BASIC auth login. Then let HTTPS secure the connection so the password is protected when the api is used. Can this be considered secure?
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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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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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How can I securely authenticate the client application sending me data?

We have a web service logging/recording user data sent over https by our client application. Is there a way to securely ensure that the data is getting sent by the client application and not by a fake ...
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How to secure a WiFi network?

What do I have to do to secure a WiFi network? Is there any best practices? I have been recommended to use WPA2 encryption on the router, is that enough? What can I do to improve the security even ...
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How does basic HTTP Auth work?

How does basic HTTP Auth work?
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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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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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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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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 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 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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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?
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How to properly generate and use (m)TANs?

If you have an application that uses transaction authentication numbers (TAN) or mobile TANs, how do you generate them correctly? What are the pitfalls? And should you only allow the next number on ...
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If I am obliged to store a password/certificate on a client side, how can i make sure that it is protected?

In certain cases we need to establish a key/password/certificate as a first timer and then as a client we need to use this key/password/certificate to get authenticated. Therefore the ...
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How does using OpenID affect webapp security?

Using OpenID for authenticating users grows in popularity and, in fact, makes a webapp easier to use. But what are the security considerations one should bear in mind when deciding whether to ...
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Is it secure to connect to a remote Windows Server using Remote Desktop only?

I have a Windows Server that I login to from my home. I only use the pre-installed Remote Desktop. Is this a secure way to remote login or should I improve it in some way? If I should improve it, ...
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How to Securely Implement a “Remember Me” Feature?

Assuming you already have a website that implements all of the standard login stuff, what is the correct and most secure way to allow users to automatically be logged in for a certain time period ...
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Good session practices

What are some good practices for ensuring logins, session IDs and session content are secure for a website?