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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Certificate Mapping in IIS

When pasting the certificate blob in the configuration editor in IIS 7.5 for one on one authentication, is this the server certificate or the client certificate?
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Are subdomains a cure for phishing?

Seeing as phishing is getting more popular and users are becoming less concerned about security, I am trying to come up with a solution for a new site of mine that can stop phishers. For instance, any ...
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Is HTTP Digest + MD5 still an alternative to consume my own api?

I'm reading a lot about implementing security constraints to a REST API. There are a lot of methods, some better than others for 3party applications or to consume my own API. HTTP Basic + TLS (with ...
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How to write an authentication module for my website?

This will sound naive for sure, and it is. Being a recent college graduate, I have been wondering on how do average websites implement their authentication modules. I have been using a table storing ...
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Is there a way to configure WPA2-PSK to provide Forward Secrecy?

Is there a way to secure an wireless connection against a decryption attack where the PSK is known (E.G. Airdecap-NG)? Is it possible to configure Forward Secrecy on 802.11 Wireless Connections?
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Can the Gmail password be recovered from the Android Gmail app?

I have an Android device with the Gmail app installed. This app can access the mailbox so there must be some kind of authentication data stored on the device (possibly an application specific password?...
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Totally secure public key distrubition

Public-key cryptography secures communications provided that you use pre-shared public-keys. The problem is how to share these public-keys while maintaining authenticity? How can we be sure that ...
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Using GET to submit username/password? [duplicate]

From what I understand using GET to submit usernames/passwords is a security issue because the username/password are part of the URL which can show up in browser history. Is this still an issue if ...
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Is it secure if we purchase through a website that is loaded in iframe

I found one of the website is loading all shopping websites in their own domain. Eg . www.domain.com having links like , www.shoppingsite1.com , www.shoppingsite2.com ,www.shoppingsite3.com ...
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HTTP Basic auth password storage more secure than Digest auth

If you are using SSL already, it appears Basic auth is the way to go since you can perform bcrypt with the password when you store it in the database, where as Digest auth only allows md5. As we know, ...
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Best way to allow sudo access when using ssh keys

Probably a simple question, but I can't seem to find any actual best practices out there. I manage a handful of servers and I am really getting sick of tracking my passwords in pwsafe. I've been ...
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Authentication of support engineers on client systems

Are there any good methods for authenticating that a user is a maint engineer, or at least trusted enough to use the maint access? The environment is code that is running in client sites, without ...
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Communicate between two sites both with SSL

I now have two websites - site A and B, both with SSL-certificate, and they have exact same users. So when a user log into site A and click the link to site B, I want to make him auto log in to site B....
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Which products are affected by NSA's ability to crack pseudo-random-number generator Dual_EC_DRBG? [closed]

After reading this article about RSA advising its customers not to use the default random-number generator in its encryption products - amid fears spooks can easily crack data secured by the algorithm,...
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What are the most common password salting methods?

I learned that the Sun guys used the login name as salt for password hashing. Is this a common approach? What are the most common salt values?
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Optimal variable sizes in the Secure Remote Password protocol

I am implementing the Secure Remote Password protocol: U = <username> --> <-- s = <salt from passwd file> a = random() A = g^a ...
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Implementing Secure Remote Password: Constructing the verifier

The SRP protocol as described in RFC 2945 generates the password verifier: x = SHA(<salt> | SHA(<username> | ":" | <raw password>))` v = g^x % N I have three questions: why use ...
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Why is it always `HASH( salt + password )` that we recommend?

Browsing over this site, many forums, online articles, there's always one specific way we're suggesting to store a password hash: function (salt, pass) { return ( StrongHash(salt + pass) ) } But ...
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Using Secure Remote Password without sending the username in the clear

To initiate a key exchange using the SRP protocol the client sends the username so the server can look up the salt and password verifier. Is there a simple way to change this so that an evesdropper ...
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Using Secure Remote Password without embedding the modulus

The SRP protocol as described by the author assumes that the large safe prime modulus and generator are embedded into the client and server rather than being transmitted as part of the protocol. ...
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Oldest security feature still in active use

Beyond commonsense and physical access controls, is the system password the oldest still in active use security feature? By physical access, I mean for example leaving the system within a secure space....
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System for securely authenticating content acquisition

I'm having trouble designing a system for authenticated content from my site distributed by other people. I'm working in Ruby on Rails, but I don't think that at a theoretical level my question isn't ...
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Google Authenticator - Counter Based [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand How google authenticator - counter based work. I have tried googling around finding a demo or at least how this work. I understand its a one time password but not like TOTP. I ...
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In a SAML2 FSSO Web Browser profile (HTTP POST), should the IdP analyse the AuthnRequest before asking the user to authenticate? [closed]

Context: SAML2 Web Browser SSO profile. (HTTP POST binding). Federated SSO. If the IdP gets an <AuthnRequest> from the SP, should / must / can the IdP do the user authentication first, or read/...
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Algorithm to generate NTLMv2 Hash in PHP

I am trying to develop a PHP function to calculate NTLMv2 hash by providing server & client challenge, domain, account and password. The resulting hash appears to be not correct. Can someone ...
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Secure authentication: partial client-side key stretching… please review/criticize my idea

I am trying to figure out what would be the 'perfect' authentication system for a website. On one end, we know that simple hashing algorithms can be brute-forced or cracked in other ways. Hence why ...
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iPhone 5S security: Given someone's fingerprint can I use a 3D printer to create a fake finger with a real fingerprint on it?

With such a big deal being made about the iPhone 5S's fingerprint reader (and formerly the Thinkpads' fingerprint readers) I really wonder how secure it is to use fingerprints in lieu of passwords. ...
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Biometric versus other Two Factor Authentication Mechanisms

Over the years biometrics is the go-to movie authentication mechanism, but in the real world I'm getting conflicting opinions about it. Everything I've learned shows that biometrics are flawed ...
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Hotspot with same SSID, how does authorization work?

My university has a wireless network I log into with my username and password. It's using PEAP. My phone and laptop automatically connect to this SSID when they detect the network. If someone sets up ...
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How to “demonstrate” man-in-the-middle attack?

I'm TAing a particular course on system security. A specific example is transitting the password in plain text when developing a web application (as part of a class project). Over the years a bunch ...
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Challenge, Authentication and session key

I programmed an application on Linux using C, I added an authentication and cryptography layer that's going like this : 1 -client sends connection request. -server send a random challenge to client. -...
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Is this a good way to handle login process

Just wanted to know if this would be considered a good way to handle login process. It doesn't matter which language it is written in. I will use this fellowing format. - Event (Where it happened) ...
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What is this QR code authentication scheme called?

What is this pattern for mobile authentication called? It's more convenient than entering complex password on mobile phone, and I wanted to read about it more A user is authenticated within webapp ...
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Entering passwords at public computers

Sometimes it happens that I have to access my email or some other web service from public machines. Are there any options to make it secure or at least reduce risks to acceptable levels? I am most ...
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Secure API access over SSL using oauth token

On the project that i'm currently working, we authenticate the clients by username and password. In this system each user has a key which is calculated from his password. However, we want to provide ...
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What is the purpose of AEAD?

I think I need to correct some misunderstandings I have about AEAD. What is associated data used for in authenticated encryption?
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Are most app OAuth implementations vulnerable because of an obscured URL/origin?

I cringe every time I am prompted with OAuth in an app because of the lack of ability to verify that the page is actually originating from the represented source. Are most app OAuth implementations ...
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How does the authentication flow with Azure Active Directory differ from Azure ACS?

I understand that Azure ACS acted as a STS that had the ability to redirect users to a given STS (OpenID, LiveID, Facebook) or authenticate using a local user/password account. In a passive situation ...
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Is there any way to cryptographically hash a human thumbprint?

Is there any way to cryptographically hash a human thumbprint into a form that can be consistently reproduced by thumbprint readers? Assuming that it would be possible to create a database of ...
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Remote desktop connection different networks password non VPN [closed]

I'm looking for a solution to bring support to users from a big network to other users into little networks. The idea is to keep control of content (no VPN). Also it's important that always users who ...
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Is there a way to negotiate a secret between 2 parties with no prior knowledge?

Is there a way for 2 parties to negotiate a shared secret (for example, a session key) without having a pre-shared knowledge? SSL does this by using asymmetric encryption. Is there any other way to ...
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HMAC - Why not HMAC for password storage?

Nota bene: I'm aware that the good answer to secure password storage is either scrypt or bcrypt. This question isn't for implementation in actual software, it's for my own understanding. Let's say ...
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How does an SSL server prove its identity?

This document says that a challenge response authentication proves the servers identity. But is a man in the middle attack still possible if the client does not verify domain name ? Please help me ...
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How to achieve non-repudiation?

If I have a message that I need to send to another person, how do I achieve non repudiation ? Is digitally signing the message sufficient ?
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Why do some websites and programs restrict password characteristics?

There are some websites and even programs that I use that have rediculous password restrictions. Lots of forums for instance restrict passwords to ~32 characters. Others enforce a restricted charset. ...
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Is using Google Voice number for two-factor authentication a big mistake?

Two-factor authentication is growing in popularity as a security measure. For example, Google, Facebook, Twitter, and many other services all have two-step security options today as well as many banks ...
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Verify a user's affiliation with an organization

I'm in charge of IT at a students' organization. Let's call it FratA. FratA has ties to sister-organizations in other university cities in my country. Let's call those FratB through FratZ. These inter-...
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Login security without SSL

I have a web app without SSL (I know it's not good, I try to take it as a challenge). The login is two step. First the admin sshs into the server and runs a maintenance companion program that provides ...
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Restrict access to a specific type of entity

I want to create a web service that can only be accessed by a specific type of entity: my own mobile application. Is there any well-accepted methods to do this? I'm thinking about embedding a secret ...
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Safe to drop email verification when using Facebook login

If a user registers an account on my Website with Facebook authentication, can I safely skip the "verification email" that is usually sent to users who sign up without Facebook (that is, from a ...