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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Logging in users automatically on a website

I'm making a website that has an extended forum feature, where users can login, post comments, etc. I'm making the feature where the website stores cookies in your computer so the next time you visit ...
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https login iframe 2014

Per current security recommendations & browser support, is it okay to have an https iframe in an otherwise http-only set of pages? Is this not a dupe? It is, but I want current trends because ...
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Can a mobile number ring if the person has not inserted their simcard into their phone? [closed]

I dialled a cell phone number and it rang but with no reply. I asked the person later why they did not answer and they said the Sim card was not in the phone. In fact, it was in a purse.... Is this ...
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What is single sign on versus federated login?

What is the difference between Federated Login and Single Sign On authentication methods?
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A Graphical Two-Step Authentication System [duplicate]

Changes made to system proposed in Two-factor authentication Without Mobile Phone: In previous system, shoulder surfing would reveal the user’s pre-decided image. In the current system, end image ...
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VPN security/compromise

I want to get a VPN with one of the known providers. I don't know much about VPNs but I know they issue certificates which you download and it authenticates the connection and basically gives access. ...
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Is this a safe way to identify users connecting to a chat server?

Before I start, all information will go over HTTPS. So, my website is basically like a forum with the authentication part finished and working. This forum has a real time chat application that sends ...
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How to maintain validity of user credentials?

In an example scenario consider that; I am a customer of organisation and I have two separate accounts with two different departments X and Y. I can login in to each department's website by using ...
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Possibility of using CA as an attack point by governmental organizations under their pressure

I was always concerned about the model of trust behind CA stuff we use . Well, for most of us, it is OK to trust them, since they are reliable organizations with a bunch of solid experience. ...
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Authentication with an untrusted server

I asked a related question earlier, but I want to ask a broader version this time: To simplify things let's say I've developed an application that allows users to send messages in a chat room, and to ...
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Is denying login after incorrect attempts ineffective?

Generally denying login attempts after X amounts of incorrect attempts for Y amount of tries is a very basic way to prevent bruteforce attempts or malicious login attempts. Yet, surely doing this is ...
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How do I force kill an OWA, Activesync, or Outlook session?

A user with a BYOD is still able to access the email system, even after the user account has been disabled and password changed. Since it's clear that a re-authentication event doesn't continually ...
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What are my options for securely printing an OTP Scratchcard?

I want to print and distribute several One Time Passwords (OTPs) that can't be easily disclosed to a 3rd party in transit. (think the physical version of a TLS session for private secrets) To me ...
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How to transfer securely a file between servers?

Let's say I have two Linux servers. One containing a desktop app database (running on a local network) and a webserver. I want to automatically transfer each hour a database file (with a size of a ...
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Strange name on “shared”, was I hacked?

I use a Macbook Air 2013 and I recently noticed a very strange and long line of digits and letters under my "shared" category in finder. When I click on the name, it just says "failed to connect." It ...
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Authentication of temporary worker without a badge (physical security) [closed]

In our company we have a procedure to verify internal worker but we cannot use it for temporary worker. We cannot use badges and because of privacy reasons we cannot use any photos. Is there any other ...
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Certificate validation with 802.1x PEAP

I recently learned about how WPA-PSK works. If I understand correctly, the 4-way handshake enables the protocol to ensure mutual possession of the PMK (and therefor, the PSK) without sending the ...
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Why recommend “letters, numbers, and special characters” in a User ID?

Why do some sites recommend "letters, numbers, and special characters" in a username or User ID? When creating a User ID at the www.discovercard.com website, the "User ID Strength" indicator meter ...
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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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Is it possible to successfully exploit a vulnerability on a router remotely if

...its remote administration feature is locked down to a single IP/Range? If so, why? This has been an ongoing office debate for a while now, I claim that it would be possible as it is likely to be ...
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Choosing right way to secure access to server access via socket

I have an application running on a server, that has an exposed socket to the Internet to communicate with client that is/are application(s) on a phone. How would one go about properly securing the ...
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Is it a bad idea for an information holder to e-mail a user their password?

A couple of websites with which I'm registered have, after a period of inactivity on my part, each sent me an e-mail to remind me that I'm still registered. In each case, that e-mail has included my ...
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IdM on apps we host for a client

We're looking at hosting some of a client's existing applications in our environment. My current thinking is we will have an encrypted channel back to the client's network over which authentication ...
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ssh always too many authentication failures

No matter on which server I try to connect via password login, I always get the error message Too many authentication failures for If I have exchanged the ssh-keys, I can login without password as ...
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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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Why must every OTP be unique

All OTP systems that I have observed, send a new OTP every time a user requests for an OTP. (for example whatsapp) Only the latest OTP is valid and an OTP can only be used for X hours. I am wondering ...
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Password Storage with Jasypt StrongPasswordEncryptor vs PBKDF2

We are currently working on authentication for a web application. For password storage, we're using Jasypt StrongPasswordEncryptor with SHA-256 and tens of thousands of iterations. Going into the ...
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What's a good time period before refreshing CSRF token of the user session?

I am using a form token to prevent CSRF attacks. Those tokens are stored and tied to a user's session. Now I want to refresh the token only every N minutes or hours so that the user's don't experience ...
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Could this login form be “hacked” to allow access?

We have this legacy website which has horrendous code in it. I have just been looking through the login form/code and can see un-sanitised sql queries. E.g. in a nutshell: $email=$_POST['email']; ...
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2 factor authentication - cost effective solution for a web startup

My local bank uses a 2 factor authentication where customers key in password AND a One Time PIN delivered via SMS to mobile phone OR from a security token device. I am doing a web startup in the ...
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Resetting passwords howto

I am currently in the process of designing a registration form for the users to register accounts. The accounts will contain a lot of personal information, so I want to ensure highest possible ...
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“Remember me” cookies - did I implement them securely?

I am currently working on a pet project website and I want to implement the "remember me" feature for logins and wanted to know if my procedure is secure. The authentication process basically goes ...
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Security issues in “Remember Me” function code example

I'm a beginner, and these may be very obvious for you, but I'm trying to understand if there are security issues with this example. Today on Stack Overflow, I saw the following post: PHP Sessions ...
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Are there any flaws in my design for a paper-based OTP grid?

I'm trying to implement two-factor authentication on the cheap for a website of mine. My bank uses this sort of grid-based OTP system, so I wanted to emulate it in my application: Cards are ...
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Google Account: implications of using application-specific passwords

In the wake of the recent Mat Honan story I decided to try out two-factor authentication on my Google account. But in order to keep using it with Exchange, the Android OS, Google Talk and Google ...
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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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Why after a website password reset am I asked to login again?

I have noticed that every web site has the exact same behavior for their password reset pages. They send a link to your email using which you can reach the password reset page. On that page you enter ...
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Would this authentication method prevent MiTMs getting the password?

Assuming SSL/TLS cannot be used in this context, is this method secure enough to authenticate someone without someone listening to be able to retrieve the password from the information transmitted. ...
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Secure login procedure

I have implemented a login, and session, procedure for a web app and I am wondering whether what I have implemented is secure enough. The authentication is based on login password on https. If the ...
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Sharing passwords and credentials between founders and employees

What's the best way to share passwords and credentials from the business's various accounts in a secure manner? For example, email doesn't work because if someone gets into one of your employee's ...
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Email instead of username

I am wondering about the security implications of using email as the main identifier via which a user logs in (with an associated password, of course). Can I treat it as I would a normal username or ...
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LastPass Grid Authentication vs Google Authenticator which one is more secure?

[Being a LastPass user] recently I moved to Google Authenticator instead of using Grid Authentication as a 2-factor security. For me, finding and filling letters from such a dense matrix is a rather ...
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Basis Authentication Protocol: a concrete attack

Below is an informal protocol narration of a simple authentication protocol. A sends to B a signed hash of message M, B's name and a nonce N. B knows that the message M is intended for him, that it ...
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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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Is a Windows AD credential combined with AD group membership 2 factor authentication?

We have a requirement for 2-factor authentication for our internal WiFi SSID's. Currently we use PEAP w/ MS-CHAPv2 to pass windows creds through the AP to a RADIUS server (A Domain Controller running ...
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Is asking for credentials from a separate trusted domain an acceptable practice?

I know of at least two pages that I would have just assumed were a phishing scheme if I didn't know any better. Serverfault.com is a stack exchange site on a different domain, however if you click to ...
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User Account Guessing [duplicate]

I'm doing some research on user account guessing, and wanted to ask a question about some "bad practices". My thought is generally this is a trade-off between great user functionality/UX and ...
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Passwords Being Sent in Clear Text Due to Users' Mistake in Typing it in the Username Field

Upon reviewing the Logs generated by different SIEMs (Splunk, HP Logger Trial and the AlienVault platform’s SIEM) I noticed that for some reason quite a few users tend to make the mistake of typing ...
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How does a SIM card prevent cloning?

I have read a few articles about SIM cards, stating that the chip inside them uses some cryptographic magic to prevent people from cloning your number. This to me seems borderline impossible, given ...
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Server + Client certificate vs Server certificate + Client password

There are three different ways how TLS (1.2) can be used: server and client authenticate, only the server authenticates or neither authenticates. If neither server nor client authenticates using a ...