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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Login to one site using other site's credentials

I am frequently seeing websites that allows a user to log-in to their site using other websites log-on credentials. If there is a page that allows me to log-in using my google account or facebook ...
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Adding a new user: email temp password vs link with token

I'm a developer working on a website for the first time and have a question about new user activation. The way our site is setup now a user creates a new account and they get emailed a temporary ...
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Can I get rid of storing user secrets by using OpenID, and what do I need to store?

What information do you have to keep about a user to be an OpenID consumer? I want to use OpenID to let users register and authenticate on my system. So while I'm at it I want to not duplicate ...
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Correct auth method using oAuth 2.0?

Been trying to wrap my head around oAuth 2.0, but I'm struggling figure out the correct way to implement it for our system, as there are so many different approaches. Our specifications are: Secure ...
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Why do private networks use both X.509 and User/Password authentication

For example, the school network I am on requires both a name & password to log in along with having its X.509 certificate installed in my browser. Why does it need both? Shouldn't name and ...
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What's the best, most unique (and uneditable) hardware id or key for each computer? [closed]

I'm a C# programmer and I'm looking for the best way to "know" what hardware is running my software. What is the best uneditable and unique "hardware id" in each computer?
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How to incorporate the man-in-the-middle

I am designing a web-based back-end for an online service. The service could support web based portals and mobile apps as front end. But I am stuck on how to support third-party, i.e untrusted, web ...
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How to to make a file private by securing the url that only authenticated users can see

I was wondering if there is a way to secure an image or a file to be hidden when it is not authenticated. Suppose there is an image in my website which can only be seen if that user is authenticated. ...
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Revoke and regeneration in FIDO U2F / FIDO UAF

One of the benefits of using Software based Strong Authentication apps (e.g. RSA SecurID Software Tokens) is that if the device that is running the Token generation app is compromised or lost, the ID ...
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Storing server generated passwords

There are some applications that generate passwords for you. Consider a case where you sign in via Facebook, the application (let's call it NEWAPP) verifies your sign in on the server using FB tokens ...
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Using Google Search results to determine password strength

Google is a repository of Internet data, as it indexes tremendous amount of data. It uses a prediction service to determine the rest of the search query. With such a huge repository in place, can we ...
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How to authenticate a legit thing App on the Internet of Things?

I want to develop a server for a sensor on the Internet of things (IoT). Everybody can buy the App for that specific sensor. The App will exchange data with the server. How can the server validate ...
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How to protect the company VIPs

Environment: small engineering company (<50 employees) and everyone is local administrator on their computer, including everyone in the management group. Setup: Some standard security features are ...
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PBKDF2 strong salt for client-side hashing

What should I use as a secure/strong salt for PBKDF2 hashing when salt is not available to use before login as it will be client-side javascript to hash user+pass with PBKDF2 ? I'm going to use ...
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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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Is there any security risk, if the database with key handles for U2F devices are leaked?

Is there any risk, if a database of U2F device key handles are leaked? Enrolling a key works by: Send Enroll request with "AppID" to U2F device. U2F device answers with "Key Handle, Public Key". ...
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Remote administration methods

There is a requirement for users to remotely access one of my corporate servers from internet. Policy wise, i would want them to at least use 2FA for communication,eg VPN Tokens, password+SMS etc. ...
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Client authentication with a collection of open source distributed servers

With a collection of open source distributed servers, all sharing every users data. How can the user authenticate with any server, without the passwords being compromised by a malicious server? ...
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Authentication and security of a REST API

Scenario: I design a REST API where authenticated users can hit the API over TLS. I have to use TLS as the data transmitted over the wire is sensitive. I don't need authorization right now, but I ...
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Analyze my custom web authentication scheme, based on a token derived from username and password

To avoid having the user to login every time his session expires, I want to implement a token based authentication system. My scheme works like this: Send the user login (send name + password) ...
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How secure is docker container-to-container traffic?

I'm working on building a web application using the microservice architecture pattern in a set of docker containers and I'm wondering about the importance of securing the communication between the ...
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Any way to prove that two devices are in the same physical space, for authentication?

I need to come up with digital proof that two physical devices are in the same (approximate) location whenever that transaction occurs. This could be: A digital ID and the authenticator A consumer ...
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Unusual design aspects of AWS HMAC-based authentication, v4

I am designing a RESTful API in python. I want to use HMAC authentication. I could not find any suitable HMAC libraries, so I am rolling my own. However I want to use a well-known standard such as AWS ...
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Web and Intranet applications on different domains login to the same Database

Imagine a web application is on an active directory domain A, and the internal Intranet application is on domain B. There is a SQL server on domain A, and we can use Windows Authentication for the web ...
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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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Secure android and server calls

I plan on adding an authentication system on my android app using web services. When my app calls the server using a POST call how can i secure the client can't find the URL and try to do his own ...
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How does disabling sign in upon confirmation make devise any more secure?

Referencing reasons given in this question http://stackoverflow.com/questions/18655334/avoid-sign-in-after-confirmation-link-click-using-devise-gem Devise does not allow the immediate sign-in of a ...
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Best approach to confirm email within mobile app?

Would appreciate your opinion on the options explored: a- Launch app and ask for a verification code that was sent to user email? b- Launch app by clicking deep link + verification code in the ...
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Can a Windows or Linux password be brute-forced on a public network?

I am at a hotel that has a public network. I have a Windows machine with a wired connection to it. "Network and Sharing" has network discovery on. No folders are shared except "Users", which is shared ...
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secure use of psexec?

As of March 7, 2014 PsExec now "encrypts all communication between local and remote systems, including the transmission of command information such as the user name and password under which the remote ...
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Why do I have to use multiple Keys for each direction and purpose?

I'm currently writing an examen about 'Lessons Learned in the IT-Security'. I already found some thing, which shouldn't be done. But right now I'm in trouble finding the reasons why not to do so. ...
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Two factor authentication using CVV and 3D secure code

While making online by Debit/Credit card, instead of using OTP (received on mobile), one can use a 3D secure code (verified by visa or mastercard) which is know to user. Should this qualify for two ...
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Mobile Game Auth Token Stolen [closed]

Basically someone sniffed my packets and stole my auth token/cookie for a mobile game I have played on for a year and spent thousands on (crazy I know) and now they are controlling my account through ...
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Best practices for usefully storing two factor authentication backup codes?

For a lot of web services offering two factor authentication, after setting up the system, you are given a short list of backup codes (one-time pads) that are around 7-10 characters long. These are ...
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HMAC-SHA256 Transaction signing [closed]

Can rfc6238 be used for transaction signing by concatenating the random seed string with transaction details (such as amount and target account number) ? Could a transaction authorization 8-cipher OTP ...
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Is TLS in Tor useless?

I am trying to optimize the Orchid Tor client library for my needs and noticed that every connection with every node uses TLS with turned off certificate verification. Actually there are no TLS ...
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electronic voting system

Was looking at cryptocurrency and how, as a non techy, to get involved when I began thinking about the security of it being developed to undermine the stranglehold bankers have on economy and the ...
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How to call webservice securely in Android

Hello I am working on an Android application in which I'm required to execute a few https web service calls. All my web-service URLs and Web API KEYs are in the code plus the IP address of the server. ...
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Kerberos Authorization host/service by host/service basis

I understand that Kerberos is for Authentication not Authorization, but Is it possible to get Kerberos to refuse to Authenticate certain users on specific hosts? I am currently using LDAP for ...
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Should the whole web *really* be encrypted? Isn't plaintext sometimes faster/better? [duplicate]

It seems to be commonly accepted nowadays that all internet communication should be encrypted. (For example, this is evident in how the HTTP 2.0 standard outright requires HTTPS.) However, I have a ...
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CAPTCHAs: How does simple math in cleartext prove you're human?

I'm intrigued that many sites use seemingly random numbers with a random operator as a security check to validate that you're not a bot. Forgive my ignorance in captcha technology, but what is ...
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what is a valid challenge for 2 factor authentication?

When designing password reset process: 1- Is a an email address or an assigned username a valid piece of information ( identifier) to ask for in two factor authentication? 2- How does two factor ...
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WinForm Application Security

I wanted to create a winform application that have a centralized security database. This application is portable, can be save to any PC and simply run the .exe to use, hence there will be many copies ...
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TLS/SSL and password transmission

I am still getting confused with security topics. At the moment the advantages and disadvantages of some of authentication methods are still not very clear. According to OWASP Authentication Cheat ...
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Is there any security concern if I sent the security token, issued from a trusted IdP, to javaScript?

Is there any problem if I sent the identity token, which has been issued from a trusted IdP, to javaScript code in order to use it in an Ajax call to a web method with authentication? Is there any ...
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Could embedding website links in an email lead to more hack attempts?

My organization currently sends out emails directing our customers to login and view information on a customer portal site we have developed. The content of these emails is usually pretty generic ...
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Application-Server connection security

I have this school project of mine that involves an app and a website that use the same database. The app serves as an administration tool for the website. Since it's made in C# and it's not as ...
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Is this a good approach to secure my REST API?

My application consists of a nodejs back end API but I am also developing a "reference" implementation of a JavaScript client, which is a backbone SPA. First of all; the API accepts only HTTPS ...
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Help with SAML 1.1 token request and response

I need to communicate with a service with SAML 1.1 based security and have a number of very basic questions. First I'm supposed to send a token request to the STS with a "Assertion token" in base 64 ...
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certificate authentication between apps

I have a .NET MVC Application which is hosted in IIS. Users of the Application will be company only and it will be access so it will be on the intranet - app wont be exposed via internet. Within IIS I ...