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 there any way to cryptographically hash a human thumbprint?

Is there any way to cryptographically hash a human thumbprint into a form that can be consistently reproduced by thumbprint readers? Assuming that it would be possible to create a database of ...
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Please explain Time-step in Time-Based One-Time Password Algorithm

I am studying about OTPs (One Time Passwords). I have gone through all the methods: HOTP (HMAC-based One Time Password), TOTP (Time-based One Time Password) I have no issues with HOTP. But according ...
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Can SMS text messages be used to verify a person's unique identity through a short code system?

We run online contests and want to eradicate cheating (yeah right), or at least mitigate it. I've asked the question regarding user experience here: ...
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How do I use Windows 7 virtualization features to prevent transitive trust of admin credentials?

I am exploring using VMs to separate my administrative actions from standard user actions in Windows 7. The goal is to limit my risk and exposure when using "RunAs" to open an application or file ...
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Is it possible to change the admin user/password remotely on a router without logging in?

Is it possible to change the admin user/password remotely on a router without logging in? If yes, how so?
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Is it possible to Spoof a TeamViewer ID?

I am using 2 forms of remote access to my Windows Server 2008 machine, both go to the Admin account since we only use it to host a Minecraft (MC) Server. Remote Desktop, that goes over a custom port ...
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Can extra loading times on login attempts be a security threat?

I have a web application built with PHP with a login page where the visitor is supposed to enter his / her account's email address and matching password. Since I'm using the PHP native (slow) hashing ...
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Signed request vs HTTP digest auth for API authentication?

By signed request I mean something like this (simplified example): Client creates a sig in his request: $sig = hash('sha256', $api_key.$data); which generates 7409ur0k0asidjko2j for example. He then ...
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Web application software architecture: basic security

I am a complete beginner in the security topic and I know that I should read this, but I have a small question to which I hope exists a short answer. Let's say I have three components of a ...
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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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Do Google 2 Factor Auth backup codes work for logging into Google or other sites?

I set up Google 2 Factor Auth to log into other sites. I see there are backup codes if you lose your device. Are these used only to log into Google, or can they be used to log into other sites?
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How do I constrain Windows Smartcards for AD Authentication so that “anyExtendedKeyUsage” is not implied?

This document describes how there are 3 ways to constrain a SmartCard certificate The Enhanced Key Usage field defines one or more purposes for which the public key may be used. RFC 5280 states ...
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How to attack on a web page to gain username and password? [on hold]

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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What can I do if my bank thinks my date of birth is “known only to me”?

My bank has recently replaced passwords with occasionally asking me information that is "known only to me". Such information includes my date of birth, postcode, and my mother’s maiden name. ...
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Non-OEM Biometric Software?

Most of us with fingerprint readers and such devices probably use the software provided by the vendor, to enable biometric OS login or single sign-on functionality. However, I've recently wondered if ...
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Is there any conceivable reason to prevent a password change in an authentication system?

I connect to the VPN of another company with a company-specific username and password (they aren't giving everyone the same password to every company to access it or anything ridiculous like that.) ...
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How does Google detect new devices for two factor authentication

When you enable two step verification for google accounts, you get sent a code by SMS to enter in addition to your username and password the first time you log in with a new device. How do they ...
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Keeping user session alive - security considerations

We have recently developed some functionality for our web app to allow a user to remain logged in indefinitely, and are interested in knowing the security ramifications of doing so. The goal of this ...
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iPhone 5S security: Given someone's fingerprint can I use a 3D printer to create a fake finger with a real fingerprint on it?

With such a big deal being made about the iPhone 5S's fingerprint reader (and formerly the Thinkpads' fingerprint readers) I really wonder how secure it is to use fingerprints in lieu of passwords. ...
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How do RSA fingerprints protect from MITM attacks?

I understand that RSA fingerprints are used to verify that you are really connecting directly to who you want to connect to, and not someone else posing as that site. Like when you do a git push, it ...
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Is a rand from glibc's rand secure for a login key?

Same question as Is a rand from /dev/urandom secure for a login key, but with glibc's rand function instead of /dev/urandom. And what would be a sufficiently secure seed generator?
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What are the security implications of using TOTP for single factor authentication?

(Note: I am not actually planning to do this. This question is strictly theoretical.) TOTP is commonly used as the second factor in Two Factor Authentication. It is an open standard with available ...
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Do keyfiles actually add any meaningful security in the presence of strong passwords?

In the context of protecting access to local encrypted files or devices against a determined (and competent) adversary, is there any reason to believe that the use of a key file actually presents a ...
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Client authentication vs. user authentication

I am currently looking into authentication protocols which work well with REST API, in java. There is something fundamental I don't understand: I read a lot of material about OAuth protocol, SSL, ...
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Implementing Secure Remote Password: Constructing the verifier

The SRP protocol as described in RFC 2945 generates the password verifier: x = SHA(<salt> | SHA(<username> | ":" | <raw password>))` v = g^x % N I have three questions: why use ...
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Using Secure Remote Password without sending the username in the clear

To initiate a key exchange using the SRP protocol the client sends the username so the server can look up the salt and password verifier. Is there a simple way to change this so that an evesdropper ...
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Is the OpenPGP private key inherently password-protected?

I know I am required to enter a password every time I use my OpenPGP key. Is this done via software implementation or is it a property inherent to the protocol, and therefore the key? Essentially, ...
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How can I enable opportunistic encryption for my web-site?

As per an honourable mention in an answer for « Why self-signed https is less trustworthy than unencrypted http? », it appears that there are already two post-Snowden drafts that have to ...
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Does DPAPI works if a user hasn't a login password?

I was wondering if the DPAPI will still work properly if a user doesn't have a a login password (like most of the home users). I can't find this information on Google or in the official documentation ...
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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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How is user authentication sent in a public wifi? Radius/802.1x/EAP etc

I visit the airport, I pull out my laptop and connect to a network (no password needed). I open up my browser and i am presented with a screen saying I need to pay to use the network. If I pay, I ...
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Safety of using web based proxy?

Lets say for example I have to use a public online proxy like https://www.zend2.com to load a PHP webpage controlled by me containing sensitive data over HTTPS. How would I make sure that the proxy ...
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Should both user ID and Password be masked for online banking?

Is there a best practice for security purposes requiring masking of both User ID and Password for online banking? Is there any rationale for or against masking both?
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How does the “Service Identity” feature of Azure ACS compare (and contrast) to a real IDP?

It appears that the ACS has IDP-style features within the "Service Identities" section. How does the ACS treat these in comparison to a real IDP? What is missing? Some examples I'm thinking of ...
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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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Isn't this the same as using a certification authority?

Taken from Wikipedia, here is the pretext to my question: A certificate authority (CA) is an organization that stores public keys and their owners and every party in a communication trusts this ...
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Why self-signed https is less trustworthy than unencrypted http?

It wouldn't be far-fetched to guesstimate that at least 50% of the web traffic can be intercepted in 2014. However, a guesstimate of active interception attacks is likely an order of magnitude ...
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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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Does providing OAuth for mobile apps pose a security threat?

Let's take a look at the basic OAuth workflow: The basic idea is that the Consumer (App) asks the user to grant him access to the Service Provider. The service protects the user by asking him each ...
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How to “demonstrate” man-in-the-middle attack?

I'm TAing a particular course on system security. A specific example is transitting the password in plain text when developing a web application (as part of a class project). Over the years a bunch ...
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Is this acceptable login security?

I was logging into a VM on a computer at work. The VM was Linux Debian 2.30.2. I discovered that I could input my password, followed by garbage, and it would be accepted. How is this considered ...
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Should email verification links be 'time limited' after user registration?

Regarding web application user management, I understand that password reset links are effectively "password equivalents", and therefore it makes sense to limit them to one use only and also make them ...
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“Extended Protection” primer and implementation guide to prevent MITM

Extended Protection (link) (link) is a feature in Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 that prevents certain MITM attacks. Does anyone have a primer (or explanation in plain English) what this feature is, ...
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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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How does a user get authorized wihtout authentication

I have a back-end (API) and a front-end, eg a web server, and I have users and ID-providers. The web server is provided by a third aprty and it may just as well be a mobile app, but whatever the case ...
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Why are PGP signatures not more widely used as an authentication method?

Example: Bob generates a key pair for this example. Bob registers at example dot com where he provides his public key. When Bob will try to log in, example dot com will ask him to sign a random ...
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Temporarily save failed logins password hashes for using against brute force attack

My question is about online brute force attacks, that try to authenticate in the website. 1) For the first case if the requests are coming from the same ip, I think this are relatively easy as after ...
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Facebook iOS SDK Authentication

The Facebook iOS SDK only needs your bundle & app IDs of your iOS app to match those of your Facebook app. If I find out an app's app ID, can't I just create another iOS app with that app's ...
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How does YubiKey protects it's secret key?

From what I understand, a YubiKey stores a secret key which can be used to generate passwords to enter a server. How does a YubiKey protect it's secret key? If it is plugged into an infected ...
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Local Admin has Domain Admin rights

While installing a new XP machine that had not been connected to the domain I was browsing to a UNC path and was not prompted for authentication. I then went to the different mapped drives and found ...