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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Risk of keeping OAuth2 client_secret in application

As an exercise, I'm developing a desktop application with which users need to log in to a web service. A logical use-case for OAuth2 one would say, but I'm beginning to doubt its usefulness. I am ...
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Is using Google Authenticator to login from the same device secure?

If you visit a site from your desktop, and use GA to login, you create an airgap. But if you visit a site from your mobile, and use GA to login, in what way are you still protected from Android ...
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PBKDF2 strong salt

I want to use a strong authentication scheme, so I decided to use PBKDF2. I'm using PBKDF2 with SHA256 algorithm, 5000 iterations and I use username (which is full email address of user) as salt. So ...
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Adequate prevention of distributed brute force attacks?

What are good ways to prevent distributed brute force attacks on my website? I think (not sure. if someone can assure me, thanks!) my site is secure against normal brute force attacks as I am using ...
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What's the typical approach to caching invalid authentication attempts?

Clients (actually software pieces developed by some random dudes all over the Internet) are authenticating on a web server using "basic" authentication scheme and to do so they are passing the ...
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Forcing EAP-TLS 1.2 authentication with FreeRadius and OpenSSL

Been working with TLS DHECE certificate based handshake with a FreeRADIUS server and WPA_supplicant - both running OpenSSL 1.0.1j FIPS. Afer watching the Wireshark traffic, I notice that the client ...
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Understanding Digital Signature

I have just learned Digital Signature and am trying to ensure that I have got my understanding of Digital Signature on the correct track. Assume Alice wants to send a message (M) to Bob where the ...
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OTP vs. Keyfile

I have been wondering what are the benefits and cons of using an OTP (one time password) versus a keyfile to, for example, decrypt a keepass database, connect to a server via SSH, or other uses. Edit:...
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Is it safe to store important data in an encrypted access token?

Is it safe to store important data in an encrypted access token? For example, instead of storing access tokens in a database, not storing them at all and putting their associated data into them before ...
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Improving stateless REST API authentication token - or ditch it for database persistence?

I'm looking to implement stateless REST authentication into an API. I've been reading up on articles here, and have implemented an idea that works, but I was hoping to get some feedback on its ...
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Authentication between two internal servers

I have two internal servers that are going to communicate with each other; they speak HTTPS. Is there a best practice for authenticating communications between internal servers? Short of a best ...
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OAuth2 vs. JSON authentication

1) To what extent is OAuth2 more secure than JSON authentication (both over SSL)? The context is a client (one server) querying another server (via API) within a local network using RESTFul. Prior to ...
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OTP for syncing mobile device

Scenario: a web app with two-factor authentication using username/password and hardware OTP. Once logged into the app, one of the app modules should be used in a tablet or any mobile device without a ...
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How to transfer securely a file between servers?

Let's say I have two Linux servers. One containing a desktop app database (running on a local network) and a webserver. I want to automatically transfer each hour a database file (with a size of a ...
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How to test ldap that authenticates with kerberos

I want to test an ldap directory with ldapsearch. No passwords are stored in the LDAP directory. Account passwords are stored in Kerberos and LDAP contains a pointer to the Kerberos principal. The ...
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Securing fingerprint templates stored on web authentication server

I have a multi-factor web authentication server, that in addition to regular passwords uses fingerprints for user authentication. Can anyone think of a security flaw in the following scenario: I ...
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How to secure my REST API once user authenticates with Google on mobile client?

In my application, I build REST APIs so that user can interact with my application server. Since I do not want to maintain User/Passwords, my iOS app authenticates client using Google. This all ...
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What are the alternatives to ECDSA for an authentication protocol?

In an authentication protocol, S has a public/private key pair known to C, and S and C have established a secure channel (for example, using DH or ECDH, or any other key exchange protocol). C wishes ...
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Publicly Available API + Sensitive ID/Key Transmission Over HTTP

I've run into a predicament... I'm developing a mobile application that utilizes a server for various things. One portion is that it stores an id/key pair related to accessing and processing ...
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MySQL Authentication Hash Cracking

I'm currently conducting research regarding MySQL server remote authentication. I've captured unencrypted, uncompressed authentication packets between the client and the server where the username is ...
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Is it safe to store public key encrypted password in the Mobile Device for authentication purposes?

I have a Apache Cordova hybrid mobile app that needs to authenticate users, but we don't want to prompt for credentials every time the app is used. Some options came to my mind: Store the password ...
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Secure way of opening web page from iOS without need of logging in

I am developing an iOS application and web page, both use same Parse backend. Web page contains some functionality that is not available in the iOS application. Therefore I would like to present the ...
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Are there other ways for a CA to have their certificates included in a browser?

From what I understand, the certificate authorities (CAs) have to get their root certificate included in the browser. What if the root certificate of a particular CA is not included in the web ...
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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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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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Forced to use using 2-Step Authentication to keep online profiles safe?

I am starting to see a majority of services, websites, and social networks offering the 2-step Authentication like crazy now to protect their users. Also, after reading how the Twitter Account N was ...
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Client authentication flaw in old Netscape SSL protocol

Below is a screenshot from the paper "Prudent Engineering Practice for Cryptographic Protocols" by Martin Abadi and Roger Needham. I can't see what's wrong with the protocol and what the fix achieves. ...
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Hashing the cookie token for persistent login

In a login system I'm doing, I'm using a per-user, per-device randomly generated cookie token. A part of the script looks like this: // Generate current device's token $token = substr(bin2hex(...
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How exactly are physically unclonable functions used in authenticaton if they are unclonable?

There is ongoing and quite promising research with prototypes presented about using physically unclonable functions (PUFs) in authentication. If they are practically unclonable, how is a PUF-based ...
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MySQL authentication, how to pad the 20-byte salt

Im authenticating with a mysql server with the authentication method listed here. I observed the salt and hash using wireshark, and I know the password, but I am having trouble reproducing the hash I ...
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What popular online services allow passwordless authentication using digital signatures? [closed]

I am looking for web services that allow clients to authenticate using digital signatures. Especially with e-commerce and payments, clients generally authenticate using name and password (sometimes ...
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Is checking against password lists a good way to enforce a secure password policy and possibly detect dictionary attacks on a web-based app?

I have written a script to check a given password against a ~65 million long list of passwords collated from various lists released after hacking attempts. I am thinking about incorporating it into ...
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Is there any way to restrict multiple access to my server at the same time using one client certificate?

My Server is Windows 2008. Mr. X is accessing my web server using Mr. X's certificate. In that time, an outsider is also trying to access my server using Mr. X's certificate (somehow he got it). Is ...
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Use TLS certificate as both server and client?

For a federated server-to-server protocol with domain-based identities, I am thinking of using TLS client certificates as authentication mechanism. I figured that re-using each peer's TLS server ...
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If a site says its API for login can't be made available for “Security Reasons” should I be worried

Stack Exchange API 2.2 is finally out, (Yay!) Reading through the linked blog post, i notice the line: Login methods that don’t use OAuth can’t be made public for security reasons. Is this ...
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Transport Layer Security for multiple persons

I know that TLS protocol is used to authenticate two persons and when a secure channel is established we can perform a key exchange. My question is if TLS can be used to establish a secure channel ...
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Can I use a CDN for static content without sacrificing SSL keys?

I would like to use a CDN for the static content of a website. But obviously I do not wish to share my SSL key with any external service. What are my options? An ideal solution would be to link to ...
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Are there any web services which use any other form of authentication, than passwords? [closed]

Out of curiosity and interest I was wondering if anyone had come across any web based services which offer users other forms of authentication, other than the standard password or PIN? Or if ...
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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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Can Paypal be used to verify a user's identity?

As I use my Paypal account for various online services, I noticed that vendors integrate differently with Paypal for on-demand payment, and scheduled payments. I also noticed that Paypal offers a "...
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What is the purpose of Rb in the 3rd step of the 3-pass mutual authentication in ISO/IES 9798-2?

Recently I am studying ISO 9798-2 Three-pass mutual authentication. There are 3 steps, as following: B -> A: NB // B sends to A a "nonce" value NB A -> B: {NB||NA}K // A's identity is proven ...
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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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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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Do I need logging enabled in my rules in IPFW for sshguard-ipfw to work/blacklist ip's?

From the FreeBSD handbook: Even with the logging facility enabled, IPFW will not generate any rule logging on its own. The firewall administrator decides which rules in the ruleset will be logged,...
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What manufacturers create OATH HOTP cards now that InCard Technologies is no longer in business?

I purchased the following OAUTH HOTP card from Verisign. I'm intrigued by the security possibilities that this form factor provides and what customizations to the circuit logic are possible. On ...
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What is the origin of the three factors of authentication?

The three factors of authentication - something you have, something you know, something you are - are ubiquitous in security literature, but I have yet to find a reference to the origin of the ...
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Browser cache, cookies, active logins and other data

This question is regarding common browsers, even though I may refer to Firefox settings. Not IE though, I wouldn't expect that to be in any way secure. I'm seeking to know how secure it is to let the ...
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iOS auth/auth with a REST Webservice

we're currently in the design phase of a new "Gateway-Server" which we want to develop. Our server has a REST-Service. My task is to find viable options to protect the access to the aforementionend ...
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Should Framebusting be used (not used) on an IdP login page?

I'm trying to understand when Framebusting should and shouldn't be used. At first brush I'd want to apply that to all pages in my site and generating exceptions as necessary. On the other hand, if I ...
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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 ...