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 Windows 7 login work? [closed]

Maybe the question can be considered ambiguous, so: how does Windows 7 work for its login authentication? What are the involved processes and what do they do?
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How does changing your password every 90 days increase security?

Where I work I'm forced to change my password every 90 days. This security measure has been in place in many organizations for as long as I can remember. Is there a specific security vulnerability ...
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Is HTTPS and Basic Authentication secure enough for banking webservices (RESTful)?

I have been reading about SSL/TLS for the last few days and looks like it has never been practically cracked. Given SSL/TLS is used for all communications between client application and the server, ...
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HAWK authentication vs. API tokens (shared secret)

I regularly find myself designing HTTP-APIs. My goto solution for authentication / network security is forcing HTTPS and using HAWK since it seems to be the only open standard for that. When I look ...
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How to prevent username and password matches when changing a username?

Let's say that I have a system where one of the security requirements is preventing users from choosing a password that matches their username. Usernames are not case sensitive but the passwords are. ...
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Mutual SSL - Using Public CA for Client Auth CSR signing

I have been reading a lot of articles regarding Mutual SSL, Two-Way Authentication or Client Authentication and I have a general enquiry which may have been answered in content that I've read but if ...
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When I register on a website, is there a way to know whether or not the site admin will be able to see my password? [duplicate]

It seems to me that whenever I register on a website, there is absolutely no guarantee that the administrator will not be able to decrypt and view my password (if they even bother encrypting my ...
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How specifically should I implement CSRF protection?

There are a ton of articles explaining what CSRF is and that I should use a CSRF token to prevent CSRF. A few of them mention details such as using SHA256 over MD5. However, none of them explain how ...
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What are the security implications of having a dummy user account representing unauthenticated users?

In my web application, users are assigned to groups and groups are granted permissions on objects. The application exposes some objects to unauthenticated public users (i.e. people casually visiting ...
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Authenticating user in same sub-domain using cookies

We have few in production websites say site1.dom1.com , site2.dom1.com , site3.dom1.com which are just replicas working on different server. Now we want to extend some application on another server ...
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Can BTRFS provide authentication on an encrypted disk?

One of the problems of disk encryption is providing authentication. An attacker with access to the ciphertext can modify the ciphertext at will without consequence. Given, this isn't a likely attack, ...
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How to force browser to ask user to resubmit certificate after a logout

We have a website which supports form based authentication (i.e. username and password based) and certificate authentication where a user submits his or her certificate, the username is extracted from ...
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BTLE pairing: Where does the code come from?

When trying to pair 2 bluetooth LE devices (e.g. 2 iPhones), a popup shows up that requires to input a code displayed on the other device. I am aware of the concept of out-of-band authentication, and ...
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How does MailChimp authenticate emails?

Keeping it short, MailChimp states that: Authentication Should Be Simple Email authentication is useless if it's too hard to implement. Many email service providers require server setup in ...
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Getting reliable checksums

Update: A version of transmission that contains malware has been distributed very recently. Quoting this ars technica article: It appears that somehow the Transmission website may have been ...
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Best practices for automatic login URL's?

An automatic login URL is a mechanism whereby an existing but logged out user of your website or application can click a link with a random token and be automatically recognized and logged-in to your ...
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Use OpenId Connect for authentication only

OpenId Connect adds authentication to the OAuth2 protocol. OAuth2 is a protocol used for authorization. But what if I'm only interested in authenticating a user? After reading up on OpenId Connect, it ...
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How to (further) ensure SSH security?

I set up my Linux Ubuntu machine as an SSH server through no-ip.com and it works great. Recently I discovered the command, sudo lastb -ad -F -w which outputs a log of the most recent failed SSH ...
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Is this authentication scheme secure?

I want to authenticate a client of a webpage and make sure it is a particular user. Let say that we already agreed on a particular hash (SHA256, actually, which I think is secure enough for this) and ...
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I can't connect to OSSIM server [closed]

I installed OSSIM in VMware workstation.The installation was successful.But when I entered the login and the password I have this message " incorrect login" I know that la login must be "root". ...
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Are fingerprint scanners easy to bypass?

Thinking about adding a fingerprint based authentication layer, but then I recalled the MythBusters beat fingerprint security system episode -- is this a common issue, and if not, how do you tell if a ...
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User authentication with smart cards or RFID on Mac (OS X) for accessing an encrypted database

I am developing a software that handles privacy sensitive data in a local network environment, using Mac computers, to which only a select group of people may have access. I need to understand how I ...
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Website login using database credentials

Is it secure to login to a website by using database usernames, for each user? Is it a bad practice? What can be the issues? The idea is to create the users and permissions at database level. EDIT: ...
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Authy: Does multi-device mode imply that all keys are stored on their servers?

My understanding is that if you use Authy, without backups/multi-device options, none of your account keys are stored on their servers. It all resides on your single device. Ie, even if Authy ...
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Privilege seperation when using the same login credentials?

While thinking about preventing ransomware attacks on my machine I stumbled across the following question: Assume I'm on a Windows (10) PC. Assume further that I have two (local) accounts, one with ...
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Bookmark UUID Link

I noticed the following site: nightchamber.com A user account is automatically generated on first visit and keyed against a uuid, the id is then stuffed into the session and used to make a link the ...
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Keeping login in sync with third party providers

When you use a third party for authentication (E.g. Google/Facebook javascript SDK), their SDK keeps track of the login status. If I have my own server, which requires an access token of it's own ...
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Client verification with PKCS#7

When a client sends you a pkcs#7 file to communicate with you, Is this because the file has their public key(certificate) and their chain and to avoid the confusion on your side what needs to be there ...
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Distribution of Application API Token

I wrote a simple twitter client for command-line use. For such application, twitter requires two types of tokens, namely application identification, user OAuth Token. The second one is to allow ...
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Does it Matter That Universal Windows Platform (UWP) is Open to Phishing Attacks?

A few years ago (a little over three now to be exact), I brought up what I consider to be a rather obvious (and serious) security issue with the Universal Windows Platform (UWP): The ability to use ...
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Rate limit login attempts: count by IP or username

I need to limit login attempts. One option is to count attempts by IP address and then block the IP. The disadvantage is that different users may have the same IP address. Another option is to limit ...
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2 Step login: Memorable word reset via Email OR Security Questions?

Background We have a system in place which requires employees to login using a 2 step verification process ( password & Username) + (a defined number of characters from a chosen Memorable word). ...
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How to know if accessing to a VPN service is safe and won't steal my data

I want to know if a VPN service is safe or not. If the VPN server itself can catch or sneak peek my data? Or as long as it is a VPN service, then the security is protected by the algorithm itself? ...
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Is TextKey SMS 2 factor authentication secure against cell phone cloning?

I came across this website today that implements SMS based authentication that works "opposite" most SMS authentication methods. In typical SMS authentication, the provider sends you an access code ...
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Four-way Handshake in WPA-Personal (WPA-PSK)

Can someone explain to me in what consists the Four-way Handshake in WPA-Personal (WPA with Pre-Shared Key), which informations are being sent between AP and client, how is it possible to find the AP ...
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How to solve race condition in 2-factor authentication solutions like RSA Security tokens or Google Authenticator?

One of the reasons we opt to use 2-factor authentication is to minimize the impact of keyloggers. The theory is that even if an attacker is able to observe the user type in the token numbers, they ...
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How might a PIN based Web authentication scheme work?

I'm interested in implementing PIN based authentication for a web application, similar to what Facebook provides in their mobile web site. Here is the user flow: User visits the site for the first ...
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NFC contactless payment security

This is really bugging me. Up until recently debit cards with an electronic chip were the most popular electronic form of payment available in Poland (I'd wager that in other European countries as ...
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What are the benefits to a two-page login system for a webapp?

I have noticed many website going to a two-page (not two-factor) login system - where you enter your username on page 1 and click submit, and then enter your password on page two and click submit. ...
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(ctrl + alt + del) on Windows 8/8.1/10

After seeing this answer I wondered, how is this done in newer versions of windows, where [ctrl + alt + del] is no longer required for login? Was this feature just removed, or is it somehow ...
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What is the difference between authenticity and non-repudiation?

I'm new to infosec and doing some reading. Not surprisingly one starting point was wikipedia. In this article, authenticity and non-repudiation are listed as 2 separate 'Basic concepts'. My ...
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What to do for my Web API authentication scheme

I've been reading a lot lately about WEB API authentication mechanisms and I'm a little bit confused regarding how to implement my Web API authentication mechanism, I'm thinking on using Token based ...
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How should I construct a secure redirect_uri?

I have read a number of questions on the underlying necessity of a redirect_uri. I don't want to screw this up! Can anyone give an example of how a secure redirect_uri could be constructed? For ...
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Recommended End-User Authentication for OpenID Connect / OAuth 2 [closed]

I am learning about OAuth 2 and OpenID Connect. Reading the documentations I feel that the specification of OpenID Connect leaves some blank space regarding the End-User Authentication. The spec ...
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What is the opaque field in HTTP Digest Access Authentication used for?

Is the opaque field really used for anything? It is specified in the RFC, but is not implemented in Apache. Also, the RFC does not state a reason for having opaque, it is only mentioned as a value ...
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Why a physical signature is even listing any security at all? [duplicate]

I'm from germany where I have to "access" my money mostly by using a pin. (except for a credit card where I just had to put in the card at all (no signature was requested nor a PIN) But this post: ...
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How Do I Create a Production Client Authentication Certificate for Azure Key Vault?

I am learning about Azure Key Vault, and one of the scenarios it supports is certificate authentication, which you can read about here. The samples do a great job of explaining how to make a ...
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What auth info is locally revealed with eduroam WPA-Enterprise 802.1X?

If you authenticated with your eduroam credentials at a participating institution, your home institution is the one doing the authentication of the credentials, and the host institution is only ...
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Samba printer usernames and passwords , security problem

Password leaks , printing from Linux client to windows based print server When authenticating Linux users for using a windows share printer on their machine, the windows domain user-name and password ...
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Man in the middle attacks for Out of band Authentication

I was researching on methods to avoid man in the middle attacks. I thought of using out of band authentication but i read the wikipedia article on the same topic which goes as follows: "In ...