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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Forgotten password or reset link, which is more secure to email?

I originally posted this as a reply here in this thread but didn't get much feedback on it, and now I'm curious as to what others think is the best approach, or if there is any difference between the ...
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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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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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“Pulled from public record” 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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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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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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Should Javascript & IFrames be used to refresh sessions when Master Cookie Domains are used?

Suppose I have 3 sites that I want to have SSO in, site1.com, site2.com, and auth.com. SSL is always required. According to how SiteMinder cookies are described here, one of those domains would ...
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Is PassFace Authentication System secure?

In the passface authentication system, whether the passfaces are selected by the users or assigned by the system? Is such system secure? How is user's passface stored on the server side?
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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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Techniques to make a login page safe without using SSL

I am developing a web page where people can write and comment things (no personal informations required) and I need to put a log in form so users can see all their actions on my web page. My idea is ...
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Authentication between two internal servers

I have two internal servers that are going to communicate with each other; they speak HTTPS. Is there a best practice for authenticating communications between internal servers? Short of a best ...
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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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What is the difference between login throttling and temporary account lockout? [closed]

I am currently working on the redesign of a login page. I have initially suggested that login be throttled whereby pauses (incremental - in number of seconds) are introduced between each failed login ...
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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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Safe communication via rest api between two known servers

I'm using Kinvey as backend but because it doesn't provide the ability to run custom code I have set up another server. So basically when x happens on Kinvey server, I send a call to my rest api on ...
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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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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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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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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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Ubuntu backup to only specific devices

I am looking into setting up a secure Ubuntu server with daily backups to two different external hard drives that will be swapped with the external hard drive that is stored in a safe deposit box. ...
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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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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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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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How does the Fake Authentication Attack from aircrack-ng work?

I'm making a school project about the AP attacks and I'd like to know how does the Fake Authentication Attack from aircrack-ng actually work and how to prevent it? I read a lot of articles but ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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Steps to create user authentication system between mobile and server

First time doing a secure login from a mobile app to a server (built in java). I want to understand if I got this right. Login in for the first time: 1. On the mobile device hardcode a security ...
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Authentication protocol based on hash function [closed]

Is it possible that Alice can authenticate Bob without using any secret information except her password, i.e they don't share any thing else. If so, how can I authenticate Alice and ensure the ...
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Domain socket authentication as in MySQL and PostgreSQL secure?

Are authentication mechanisms based on UNIX domain sockets (Linux) secure? And more specifically, are the respective MySQL and PostgreSQL implementations on Linux secure? The background for my ...
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Some very (very) strange issues in wpa handshake [closed]

I have a router (actually it is an android phone as an access point) with wpa2 AES encription, and I'm trying to crack the password with a very small word list. Strangest thing is, when I use ...
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Why do popular two factor authenticators use shared keys

Please correct me if I'm wrong anywhere, but from what I understand , popular mobile phone based two factor authenticators like Google Authenticator implements TOTP which uses a shared secret key that ...
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Preventing Illegal Access to Webservice

Let me start off by saying that I read other StackExchange questions related to this and they weren't really able to answer my question. I have a feeling this may be an unsolvable problem, but I'm ...
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how can I authenticate a process from kernel side?

I would like to authenticate and integrity check a single process before its execution. That authentication and integrity checks should be on kernel side for obvious reasons. I was thinking to add ...
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How can LastPass enforce 2-factor authentication

I've recently started using LastPass and one of the things you can set as a policy for you password vault is Prevent offline access when using Google Authenticator. The local cache can be ...
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PHP unserialize() object injection

So I came across with this authentication bypass security notice and the fix for it was just simply changing all serialization to json encoding. I am just wondering how this really is exploitable? ...
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Validating Credentials - Logic in Application vs Database

I am studying Web Application Security, A Beginner's Guide Paperback – November 3, 2011 by Bryan Sullivan (Author), Vincent Liu (Author) On pp 69, "Validating Credentials", they say you can ...
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Detection of pass the hash

I have researched about PTH Attacks but yet found any solid way detecting it in a network.is there a way to detect a pass the hash ? analysing the windows message from the dcs or something ?
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What are the pros and cons of enabling 2 factor authentication on internal user workstations of an organization?

An organization has all the regular controls you can think of for network and systems protection from the 10 security domains. External login access to the organization's services is protected with 2 ...
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Algorithm to Transaction Data Signing

Transaction Data Signing I need an idea to develop a very secure algorithm to authenticate online operations using PHP in the server and an Android app in the user's device. What is the idea? The ...
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Native app, token authentication without login/password

I'm working on a always online mobile game (native android/iOS app with Unity) and i would like to be able to authenticate the player without requiring any login/password at the beginning. For those ...
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Google Authenticator Error on Reboot

I have set up an SSH server to accept only login using codes generated by Google Authenticator (I have disabled all other forms of authentication on that port). After having rebooted my remote ...