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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Does iPhone home button act as Secure Attention Key?

On an iPhone, does pressing the home button act as a Secure Attention Sequence? The home button is a physical button. You can press the home button whereever you are and go back to the home screen. ...
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Biometric authentication in the real world

can anyone give a realistic estimation, based on real-world experience, of how much biometric authentication techniques are being used in the IT field?
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If someone steals my laptop while I'm logged in, how can I protect my browser?

My question has its roots in an xkcd from this week: http://xkcd.com/1200/ Isn't this true and ironic? We place so much emphasis on browser security and OS security -- and rightly so -- yet if I ...
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Deal with number changes in a phone number based authentication/login system

Twitter Digits (https://get.fabric.io/digits) provides an authentication/login system based on phone numbers for mobile apps, and several other mobile apps (e.g. Square Cash, ...
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Why do some sites block pasting into username or password input fields?

I use a few websites that prevent me from copying & pasting into the username or password fields. It's quite frustrating when using a password manager, and if anything I'd think it discourages ...
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token based authentication attacks

JSON Web Token seems to be a very good tool to authenticate users. But I wonder if an attacker can take the token used by another user and use it for his own attacks. And to be more precise what makes ...
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Should I change the default SSH port on linux servers?

Is there any advantage in changing the SSH port, I've seen people do that, but I can't seem to find the reason why. If you have a strong password and/or a certificate, is it useful for anything? ...
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Why not ask for a password and 2-factor token at the same time?

I have observed a number of web-based login forms that offer 2-factor authentication do token entry on a second form after validating your username and password. Is there a reason not to ask people ...
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What are the (practical) dangers of writing your own login method?

I have always been told that writing your own login method (e.g. validate user given the username and password) is bad practice, and that one should reuse existing libraries for that. I have always ...
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Securing a secondary login page for inputting a multi-factor auth token

I would like to implement the following use case: User lands on the login page User submits login credentials Credentials are validated and they are redirected to another page for inputting the ...
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Generating authentication token from PHP sessions

I have a traditional PHP site which uses sessions. I've developed a real-time app in nodejs and wish to authenticate users here based on their PHP session. The procedure would go something like this: ...
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Authenticating client without hardcoding key?

A basic question, but I'm not a master and this is puzzling me- How is it possible to authenticate a client from the server's perspective? i.e. imagine you're the server, and you want to give the ...
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Best practices for encryption from web<-> specific client

If we want to allow sensitive data between a web server and specific client only, is there anything more that can be done besides the following? Note that this is potentially a duplicate of ...
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Difference Between OAUTH, OpenID and OPENID Connect in very simple term?

I am very confused the difficult jargon available in web about OAUTH, OpenID and OPENID Connect. Can anyone tell me the difference in simple words.
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Mobile authentication with password as param in get request over ssl

I'm building out a new services layer for an existing mobile application. The mobile application authenticates with the existing services layer by providing the user name and password as url params in ...
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Choosing a group of symbols that contains a password

My bank employs a step in its authentication process besides [the card itself and] the regular password, where the user has a secondary password (3 small sequences of letters, such as Hy X Ba) ...
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How to attack on a web page to gain username and password? [closed]

In a situation where a web page is not using SSL and someone wants to attack to gain the username and password. How it can be done? Given the situations: Passwords are not stored in plain text. ...
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How to verify installed packages [closed]

On Linux (Debian x64) I recently installed some software with: apt-get install the_package_name APT told me some packages couldn't be authenticated but I ignored the warning and installed anyway. ...
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If I have the cell #. switch ID and name, can I locate an physical address? [closed]

Only a PRO can help me! My husband had an affair, said it was over five years ago and I should not be concerned, ever again. Yet, the result was devastating, medically with cancer. I believe people ...
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SAML and kerberos what to use where [closed]

I came across SAML and kerberos, both are used to establish identity using assertions (tickets) so is there an overlap in their use ? Can somebody highlight their differences and point which ...
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Should I use a Certificate Revocation List?

I've been trying to provide security to my API. I will issue certificates to my clients to access my API through a TLS channel. So it'll be a SSL-Client Authentication. I'm wondering, should I use ...
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Should we store accesstoken in our database for oauth2?

I have a requirement to implement Facebook and Google login in my web application. I also need to access a user's Facebook/Google+ friend list. I have gone through the complete OAuth2 documentation of ...
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Protecting a statistics endpoint

When we download an application - it asks us whether it's ok to submit statistics, error reports to the vendor. Since this data is sent from the application to server endpoint - I am wondering how ...
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How secure is Android's facial recognition?

Android supports using facial recognition for unlocking your phone. How secure is that mechanism? For instance, if someone has a good quality picture of your face, can they defeat the facial ...
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Token authentication and storage / websocket issues

My application is running an API authentication that uses tokens rather than cookies. This leads me to ask a few questions : What is the most secure way to store the token ? By using random ...
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Password-less authentication in web apps - How safe it is?

I read a long time ago this article about how could work a Password-less Authentication System, which sounded to me like a great idea. I even built it in a small fun little application for fun. To ...
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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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Using Google Authenticator for SSH sessions

So I have an SSH tunnel which I use with dynamic port forwarding to the alternate http port on the client. For initializing this connection, I'd like to implement an additional verification step, ...
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How to view all SSH authorized_keys for a unix server

How would I view all the authorised SSH clients from a unix server? I know that cat ~/.ssh/authorized_keys shows authorised keys if logged in from root. Can other users set their own authorised keys ...
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Effectiveness of Security Images

Do security images such as those presented upon logging into banks provide any tangible security benefits, or are they mostly theater? Per my understanding, if somebody is phishing your users, it's ...
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Single-use password as the default authentication method?

The crazy password requirements (joke1, joke2) lead me to a situation where there is no way for me to memorize the passwords to the several sites that make those requirements. The result is that ...
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Client Certificates

After countless hours of reading I have come to the find that mutual authentication via client certificates seemed to be a viable and appropriate solution for the following scenario. I have a ...
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Is this system of authentication secure for a mobile app? What can I do to improve it?

Users authenticate with their phone number, get a pin text, and if it is correct, they get an access token. Store the access token in a DB in a Token model. The client always sends the access token in ...
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Is secure web-app off-line auth possible?

I'm currently thinking about a web-app that can go offline (after being online) and still be able to provide authentication to the user securely. (For example, in a multiuser environment, it's quite ...
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Establishing a Reputable Pseudonym with PGP Key

This has become a bit of a thought experiment for me. Suppose someone would like to establish a pseudonym along with a corresponding PGP Key, how could other people verify the correspondence between ...
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Prevent denial of service attacks against slow hashing functions?

I've been thinking about bcrypt recently, and what I wonder is if there's a way to deal with the inherent (D)DoS problems with slow hashing functions. Namely, if I set up bcrypt so my machine takes ...
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How can I handle user authentication and sessions in my app?

I'm currently building an authentication module and I've got a question. I have set up a server with an API and want my users to authenticate to this server, but I use AngularJS for the site. ...
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Oauth authentication without state parameter

I have some security concerns about the first step of account authentication in my application. The authentication goes through an OpenID provider. If the response of such provider shows that the ...
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Could “receive SMS online” site be a scam?

There is a site that allows you to see all SMS received by a certain set of phone numbers (owned by the site). This seems to be meant for services that require two-factor authentication using SMS, ...
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Should email verification be followed by password-based login? Why?

[This is a duplicate, considered off-topic at http://stackoverflow.com/questions/26564992/should-email-verification-be-followed-by-password-based-login-why] A typical account creation process seems ...
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How to use TPM to perform platform authentication?

I am currently looking at TPM (Trusted Platform Module) and wondering how does TPM offer platform authentication. Suppose a legal host is deployed on the cloud. How do I use TPM to assure that the ...
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Fido U2F Public keys in registration response

What is the deference between the two public keys: user public key (2nd element in Token response) user public key inside signature in U2F Token response for registration ?
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Enterprise Security : Where to Start? [closed]

I am trying to start self studying of Enterprise Security Context, but always feeling kind of lost among all the specs and standards etc. Unlike software development, this really is a challenge as far ...
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Why should canary values be chosen at runtime instead of compile time?

For buffer overflow attacks, my exam review says that there are drawbacks to choosing canary values at compile time vs runtime. Why would it be better to choose the canary value at runtime?
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How to use OAuth with Active Directory

I'm creating a REST WCF service and want to use OAuth to authenticate each user's request. The user accounts are stored in Active Directory so I have access to their AD login name on the client ...
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Potential attack vectors using Javascript to log in [closed]

I would like to allow users of a website to be able to log in at any page. In order to provide a seamless experience my first thought was to collect user credentials (username and password) in a ...
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Silently Limiting Login Attempts

I've seen the following login rate limiting approach used on a web site I worked on, but I can't figure out if it's a good idea: After any failed login attempt, the site locks the user account for a ...
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FreeRADIUS EAP TLS Authenticate based on client certificate CN

I'd like to run FreeRADIUS for EAP TLS authentication but instead of running my own Certification Authority I'd like to use StartSSL. I've setup EAP TLS with StartCom as the only Trusted Root CA and ...
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Logging in from one CMS to another

Two websites with different CMS, user should type login & password on one website and needs to be logged in second website automatically. Now i have this method, it works but i want to know - is ...
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LDAP Authentication and Sessions

Given a Web Application with Form-based login and a central directory: using LDAP (fast) bind in an application with the actual user has a number of advantages (opposed to using a service user and ...