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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Is Twitter digits login (sms auth code) insecure?

Twitter released(some time ago) a new kit named Digits which allows the client to login with a phone number and an authorization code (received through sms). I find it great for the user experience ...
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Login required before SQLmap

I have a multipart form data where I am suspecting one of the multipart form fields (parameter named htmlbevt_id), to be vulnerable to SQLi. To test for the same I captured the request using Burp and ...
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Could other people steal my Internet connection if they had my PPPoE data?

Would it be possible for other people to use my PPPoE data to get Internet access or is it somehow restricted to my house? Then what about my neighbors downstairs, could they do it? And what about ...
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How to secure requests to my API from my web widget embedded in third party website

Background I'm designing a web widget for a new SaaS for embedding in a password-protected CMS. This would allow the customer to add something like the following to all the pages in their CMS to ...
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Table or row level security in ASP.NET MVC 5 and Entity Framework 6

I've already asked this question on Stack Overflow, but no one answered, so maybe it's a more appropriate place to discuss it. Please let me know if I'm wrong and having duplicated question on ...
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Tomcat Client authentication

I want to make sure that my webapp is secured: I have a tomcat server - and defined the connector to use clientAuth="true". In my trust store there is only the certificate of my CA (self signed). ...
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What happens when authenticating through a phishing attack with FIDO U2F tokens

So I have looked around and haven't found this anywhere. What happens when the response server is a phishing site with FIDO U2F tokens? Basically, if login just fails, I would assume that the user ...
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is Form Authentication more secure than using the session authentication?

Recently I have read about the form authentication of Asp.Net but I can discern no differences in the term of security between it and the session authentication. For Example if somebody hacked my ...
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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 replace an old password hashing method with a newer one in software? [duplicate]

The software that our company builds just went through a security audit. The auditors flagged our use of MD5 for hashing passwords that users can set if they want a password on their files. Having ...
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Should I stretch the secret key in a secure cookie protocol implementation?

I'm building an api authentication layer that basically works like the secure cookie protocol, where instead of a cookie I give the api client a token which they must provide on subsequent requests. ...
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Root The Box - easy CTF framework [closed]

I am planning to host a CTF contest in a few months at my local university. While searching for some hints I met this wonderful tool called Root The Box. It basically gives you all you need to host a ...
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Do security questions subvert passwords?

Do security questions subvert hard to crack passwords? For example, if a site requires passwords with a certain scheme (length + required character sets) and has a security question, why would someone ...
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Issuing secure tokens that doesn't require any server side state

The issue I am currently designing the backend for a SPA (Single Page Application), which I'm planning to construct in a fairly RESTful manner. The backend will ideally be just a thin layer between ...
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Authentication, authorization in native mobile clients (Android)

I am developing native mobile client for store that requires user authentication in order to make purchases available. I have my web store page, authentication is provided by CMS (OpenCart). Now I ...
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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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How to protect against adversaries snatching booted laptops to defeat full disk encryption?

I read an article describing how FBI agents snatched Ross Ulbricht's laptop while it was running to defeat full-disk encryption: Two plainclothes FBI agents, one male and one female, walked up ...
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Is it safe to use virtual mobile numbers for verification

Is it safe to use virtual mobile numbers for account verification & authentication for services such as PayPal, Twitter, Gmail, Linkekdin, etc.? And what is the security drawback for this?
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How secure is CertiVox M-PIN?

CertiVox have designed a system with the aim of "getting rid of passwords". Essentially the system authenticates users with two factors of authentication: A 4 digit PIN and a token stored within the ...
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Save application autostart login token on computer

I need to login desktop application while autostart on server (like skype does). What is the best practice to save authentication token (password)? Should I use something like RSA encryption (which ...
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How do Travel Sentry locks work? (supposedly openable only by security agencies)

Apparently Travel Sentry locks can only be opened: by their owner, by the TSA, CATSA and "other security agencies". How do they work technically? Is there some electronics embedded with ...
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Why is information obtained from public records considered a secure way of confirming your identity?

Various financial institutions, government agencies, etc., use public records information to confirm people's identities, as touched upon in UPS my choice -- How can I access my public records? The ...
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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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Certificate chaining:Intermediate Certificate Authorities

Wikipedia says: For example, if a certificate issued to "example.com" and issued by "Intermediate CA1", and the visiting web browser trusts "Root CA", trust may be established in the following manner: ...
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How do I prevent my twin sister's “pulled from public record” information from being used when I try to answer security questions?

Several times in the past months, I have been asked security questions that are "pulled from public record" to verify my identity, either over the phone or on a website (Chase Bank, Walgreens ...
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What to do about “approved” direct banking MITM sites like sofort.com?

Brussels Airlines allows several payment types, only two of which are free: Maestro and Sofort Banking: The second option was new to me, but direct debit is usually a free and practical way to pay: ...
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Does Convergence solve the problem of hacked CAs?

My question is about the Firefox AddOn Convergence. So my question is if it is possible for convergence to observe that a phishing-site which is verified by fake Certificate because a hacker of a CA ...
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Centralized authorization with distributed service providers

I'm thinking about implementing a single sign on service with a centralized permissions management for a distributed network of service providers (so authentication as well as authorization). The ...
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Is This DIY Password Authentication Scheme Acceptable?

This is mostly a thought experiment for client/server communication, and I want to know the flaws. When a user account is created (with U as the username and P as the password,) I generate a random ...
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static vs dynamic vs challenge response

I am taking a security class. The slides say that smartcards usually use one of three types of authentication protocols: static, dynamic and challenge response. What is the difference between these?
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What stops an SSH server from MITMing logins?

When I read this question about what gets signed with the private key by the client I wondered: What stops the following scenario from happening: A client connects to an SSH server. The SSH server ...
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What is a 'host identity' in the 'Host Identity Protocol' (HIP)

I'm a little confused about terminology in the Host Identity Protocol (HIP) The two distinct terms Host Identity and Host Identifier are described in https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc4423#section-3 ...
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Bypassing CVE-2010-4478 (J-PAKE parameter validation) in OpenSSH 5.1

Did anyone successfully exploit CVE-2010-4478 in the past? This is insufficient validation of the J-PAKE public key parameters in OpenSSH up to 5.6. I'm dealing with a vulnerable machine running ...
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Locking access to remote DB from a freely downloadable app (that acces the DB)

If I want to publish a software that needs to interact directly with a remote database, I will have to put on the software all the required credentials and logic to have the access from the program ...
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HTTP Server: Response time on login request

I have a site on which I would like to prevent an unauthenticated attacker from knowing if an account exists. On the site, passwords are hashed using bcrypt, so login requests must do a bcrypt ...
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How to manage a custom session in a webapp?

I was reading through the OWASP Cheat Sheet and something mentioned in the "Weak Authentication and Session Management" row did not make sense to me. It is recommended in the Design Column, that ...
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two factor authentication without TLS/SSL

It seems silly to ask about using two-factor authentication without TLS/SSL but, I have a vendor that is using public IP without TLS and asking for login creds. Would the login be more secure if ...
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Chat encryption system avoiding protocol sniffing and then key+decryption replay?

I'm working on a chat system and I want to add it some kind of security (not just HTTPS with SSL since I've read it can be sniffed and decrypted with a few tools). Now, my knowledge in cryptography is ...
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Why doesn't the OS authenticate itself to me?

Sometimes it occurs to me, when doing something like a brew install, or really anything on a CLI (though I suppose this is also true of GUIs to a marginally lesser extent) that prompts me for a ...
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how to get cookies from aspx site to use it with hydra

I've been playing around with Hydra and .aspx site and I've hit a bit of a snag - Hydra responds letting me know that the first 16 passwords in my password list are correct when none of them are. ...
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Securing anonymous website posts

Can a website allow users to securely post anonymously, while still allowing these posts to be edited by the original author at a later time and preventing editing by other users? In this context, ...
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Designing a security system for road pricing

It's my first semester with Information Security and I still feel a little lost. Sorry in advance for stupid mistakes I may have made. the examples in round brackets below are my own ideas, wrote ...
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Is injecting a second Authenticity_Token on a login request considered a security threat?

I'm running a security test on a website. The login request looks like this: POST /sessions HTTP/1.1 Host: example.com User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:37.0) ...
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QR-code based credential retrieval?

This is a sort of design review question that I'm hoping is suitable for this site. I am designing a system that uses a cloud service to establish a secure connection between a PC and a mobile ...
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Two-Step vs. Two-Factor Authentication - Is there a difference?

These days, there's pretty much three forms of authentication in general use on the web: Single-factor authentication, e.g.: PIN or password. Two-factor authentication, e.g.: Single-factor plus a ...
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How secure are the FIDO U2F tokens

Google and Yubico just announced the availability of cryptographic security tokens following the FIDO U2F specification. Is this just another 2FA option, or is this significantly better than solutions ...
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Purpose for “One Time Use Token”

I'm connecting a Salesforce ORG with a third party vender through a custom API (they basically wrote it just for us). The API requires you to retrieve a "token" that you pass into other calls through ...
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Pre-Requisites for Mutual Authentication

For Mutual Authentication, the client must contain the CA certificate of the Server and his own Certificates, and the server must contain the CA certificate of the Client and his own Certificates.In ...
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Is a website published in an obscure directory comparably secure to being placed behind a login? [duplicate]

Let's say I create a microsite for a client that contains confidential business information. We need to place this in a location the client can access, in order for them to approve for launch. If we ...
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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 ...