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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SSO via HMAC and shared key. Can this be improved?

Given an authenticated user on A.com, we want to redirect the user to B.com so that she'll be immedaitely authenticated. The scheme I'm considering is very basic: A.com and B.com both share key S. ...
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Is authentication through proxy sites safer?

usually in office or wherever whenever we are blocked with gmail and facebook websites,we used to browse the site with the proxy sites,we used to pass our login data through proxy sites,my question is ...
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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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How does Windows 8's Microsoft Account authentication work?

One of the new features to Windows 8 is the ability to log in to your PC using your credentials from a Microsoft Account. How is this implemented, and what steps are taken to prevent hijacking of ...
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how to implement 4-legged authentication for mobile application?

I have a REST web service which already implements oauth authentication mechanism via browser. I would to expose my API to a number of mobile clients programmed by third parties. In this scenario 4 ...
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Hash the signing key of an authentication token in database

I have clients which are all browsers. All clients render just a single page application getting data from a Web API. The design of the API follows REST principles. I use token-based authentication ...
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RSA vs. DSA for SSH authentication keys

When generating SSH authentication keys on a Unix/Linux system with ssh-keygen, you're given the choice of creating a RSA or DSA key pair (using -t type). What is the difference between RSA and DSA ...
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Performance of biometric authentication on cell phones as of 2014?

How well do the various biometric authentication methods currently perform in regards to precision and recall? Can anyone cite a relevant research article?
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Ensuring security in Token url authentication

I am trying to make provision for resetting password if the user forgets his password. What I did is make a html page(say email.html) where the user will enter his email address. When the user submits ...
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What are industry-standard recommended practices to protect user information in an Android app?

I am developing an Android app that will potentially handle sensitive user data, and some of it may be even considered medical data (for example user height, weight, alergies, etc). What would be the ...
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Privacy-preserving authentication with unique user identification for Web applications

Is it feasible to authenticate users such that they should be prevented from creating multiple accounts, and that their privacy is not impaired (i.e., no personal information should be revealed to the ...
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Website login protection with chrome extension

Right so I'm developing very private systems recently, and I'm looking into admin login protection. I'm a PHP dev with essential knowledge of js/jq. While I handled most of the stuff so far, I'm ...
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VPN Authentication over WiFi — Is it secure?

Count this question as part of my ignorance on how authentication scheme is done on your typical VPN session. But here goes: We often advise the security-conscious user that if one must use an ...
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Protecting data on an embedded device

I am to release a system-on-chip device that, during its lifetime, will come to store sensitive data. I want to make that data hard to extract or duplicate. Encrypting is good for dealing with MiTM, ...
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Dual Authorization (Social Auth 2.0)

Can you see any obvious challenges to requiring 2+ users to confirm authentication requests using an association such as a friendship type of relationship. A practical application would be an ...
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Website doesn’t always log me out – Privacy concern or am I overreacting?

I’ve been applying to for some jobs and use one certain careers page somewhat regularly. I’ve started to notice that I don’t always get logged out even if I do click “log out” and see a message that ...
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Can authentication in social networks through VPN defeat the purpose of the latter?

If a person uses VPN and authenticates herself to some social network through the VPN, doesn't she lose her anonymity for as long as the VPN session is used ? By losing her anonymity, I mean that her ...
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How do clients enroll using SRP?

From what I understand, one of the benefits or Secure Remote Password (SRP) is that is does not require reliance on certificate authorities. In a scenario where clients need the ability to register as ...
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Email rejected by the server [closed]

Emails from site such as Gmail and Yahoo are rejected from secureserver.net server and treated as a spam. Can you help me?
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Does two-factor authentication reduce the need for a long password?

I've recently enabled 2-factor auth on a number of web apps, mostly using Google Authenticator. Does this mean that the importance of a strong password on each site is reduced? I would prefer to use ...
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Why isn't open WiFi encrypted?

As far as I understand, WiFi networks that require no password send traffic through the air unencrypted. Those that require a password encrypt each connection uniquely, even if they're all using the ...
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Is authentication using personal pictures more secure than passwords?

Statement 1 There is a start up called PixelPin. On the web site it reads: The PixelPin solution is simple and quick to use, yet very secure. PixelPin eliminates the traditional alphanumeric ...
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Should login pages be cacheable?

I'm considering the relative benefits/disadvantages of making a login page cacheable. Note that here I'm referring to the page containing the form into which the user enters their username and ...
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Ways to authenticate client with a server

I have an app that sends an encrypted message to the server, with the sender and recipient username attached. The usernames are each linked to a unique device ID that allows messages to be sent to ...
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Is it possible to use AH in transport mode on an IPSec channel with mediation?

I understand that it's not possible to have Autentication Header with a regular NAT, because it messes with the IP header protected by AH. How about proxies? Do they change anything in the packet? ...
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Building an VM with Vagrant and connecting with ssh+2FA to protect a bitcoin wallet?

I would like to try to build a Virtualbox image to use with Vagrant. This is the features: Login with SSH + 2FA (Google Auth) No X No internet connection Copy unsigned transaction, sign it and ...
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How can I set up signed downloads?

Scenario I have a web server that authenticates and redirects from HTTP to HTTPS. Clients can then view available "downloads" in their account. I want to be able to sign these download links - as in, ...
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avoid hitting DB to authenticate a user on EVERY request in stateless web app architecture?

Summary Once a user logs into a web site and his username/password credentials are verified and an active session is established, is it possible to avoid hitting the DB for each and every request ...
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When do you use OpenID vs. OpenID Connect

Can they be used together? ....or are they two separate protocols that may or may not be useful depending on the context? The reason I ask is because I'm trying to implement the following: User ...
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Is authorisation with token secure?

I have a general security question: Let's say there is a client-server application with authorisation by login and password using a secure connection between server and client (https). User can have ...
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Attack on old OpenSSL/Debian vulnerability doesn't work on a vulnerable box

DISCLAIMER: The vulnerable box that we are testing on belongs to us, and all the actions are under surveilence, hence we are not doing anything illegal here. I'm testing a Ubuntu 8.04 box, it's known ...
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Why is it dangerous to stay logged in as root for an extended period of time?

I found the following general advice from WikiHow in an article on changing password: It is very dangerous to stay logged in as root for an extended period of time. Log out immediately after ...
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search CA for someone's public key

do CAs offer service wherein an application can request someone's public key? i am trying to do this but i am unsure if it is correct (suggestions of better ways to do it will be most appreciated): ...
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Why change password? [duplicate]

Why are there recommendations to change passwords with certain intervals? If I have a good password, e.g. a long wrongspelled odd sentence with a couple of special characters thrown in, why is the ...
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Advantage Mutual authentication over PSK [duplicate]

I have a client - server setup with TLS communication. I want to be sure of mutual authentication. The safety that certificates can offer assumes that the private key that links to the certificate ...
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HMAC needed with SSL/AccessToken in place?

Is using an HMAC in web service messages overkill if you are already using SSL and Access Tokens? I’m thinking of further ways to secure a service, and HMAC message signing is one. But it comes with ...
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PCI DSS 2.0 and ssh keys

I know the real answer to the auditor. We are a smaller company under 40 total employees that is also PCI level 1 compliant. We've always used ssh keys on internal servers. You can't ssh in from the ...
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How does DCOM authentication compare to RPC based authentication/auth?

The following paragraph from MSFT Best Practices for 2003 PKI says Windows 2000 authenticated via RPC vs 2003 that authenticates using DCOM A CA running Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, ...
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Can I trust profile data a 3rd party auth provider send to me?

This question may be related to this one, but I think we need to be sure. My website implement login via OpenID (or Google, or Facebook, etc.). On my website, authorization is based on user email ...
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Safe way to authenticate (multi-factor authentication?) while being monitored?

(I'm trying for a bit more precise answer, particularly with regard to multi-factor authentication, than I received for "Safe way to use a computer that has spyware/keylogger installed?" on SU.) ...
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Is there multi-factor authentication for machines?

Most of what I have seen on mutiifactor authentication (eg wikipedia or here on se) seems human centric. Ie it is a human interacting with a machine and the factors are associated with authenticating ...
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2 factor authentication - cost effective solution for a web startup

My local bank uses a 2 factor authentication where customers key in password AND a One Time PIN delivered via SMS to mobile phone OR from a security token device. I am doing a web startup in the ...
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How to implement multi factor authentication using a token generator?

I'd like to implement multi factor authentication on a few projects. Now the first factor would be username and password, for the second factor I would like to use a token generator. These tokens ...
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Prevention of netcutter use in the College LAN

I am a student,residing in a hostel,accessing internet,using College LAN,which is protected by Cyberoam Corporate Client authentication,and the bandwidth is equally distributed to all students but a ...
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How reliable are device IDs provided by PhoneGap on Android and iOS?

I have a web application that allows users to add mobile devices to their accounts (using mobile app). Each device is uniquely referenced by its UUID. Mobile client is developed using PhoneGap, so ...
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Share certain information only after death

After your death, you want to make sure that a special someone gets a vital piece of information (like the password to your bank account), but: You don't want anyone else to be able to get that ...
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How to securely provide data to a web server using a data warehouse?

We have a data warehouse that stores prices for our products. Once every business day, new data points are added representing the day's price for each product. On the website, a user sees this ...
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Login details security using salt n hash and a login role in postgresql

I am coding up the security for a website in express.js and postgresql db. Now I have been reading about salting and hashing and I have the code set up with pdkdf2 using the crypto module, but my ...
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What info to log/store about a user login?

Currently I am saving LastLoginAt, LastActionAt, LastLogoutAt, and LastLoginFromIPAddress. I am not so sure about the value of logging/saving details of logouts and IP addresses, as I am not sure of ...
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BOTs C&C channels

Can someone please explain the C&C for bots ? im reading a paper about Android bot , and its explaining something called URL flux as method of C&C . however i couldn't really get it , so ...