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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Getting reliable checksums

Update: A version of transmission that contains malware has been distributed very recently. Quoting this ars technica article: It appears that somehow the Transmission website may have been ...
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Best practices for automatic login URL's?

An automatic login URL is a mechanism whereby an existing but logged out user of your website or application can click a link with a random token and be automatically recognized and logged-in to your ...
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Use OpenId Connect for authentication only

OpenId Connect adds authentication to the OAuth2 protocol. OAuth2 is a protocol used for authorization. But what if I'm only interested in authenticating a user? After reading up on OpenId Connect, it ...
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How to (further) ensure SSH security?

I set up my Linux Ubuntu machine as an SSH server through no-ip.com and it works great. Recently I discovered the command, sudo lastb -ad -F -w which outputs a log of the most recent failed SSH ...
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Is this authentication scheme secure?

I want to authenticate a client of a webpage and make sure it is a particular user. Let say that we already agreed on a particular hash (SHA256, actually, which I think is secure enough for this) and ...
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I can't connect to OSSIM server [closed]

I installed OSSIM in VMware workstation.The installation was successful.But when I entered the login and the password I have this message " incorrect login" I know that la login must be "root". ...
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Are fingerprint scanners easy to bypass?

Thinking about adding a fingerprint based authentication layer, but then I recalled the MythBusters beat fingerprint security system episode -- is this a common issue, and if not, how do you tell if a ...
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User authentication with smart cards or RFID on Mac (OS X) for accessing an encrypted database

I am developing a software that handles privacy sensitive data in a local network environment, using Mac computers, to which only a select group of people may have access. I need to understand how I ...
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Website login using database credentials

Is it secure to login to a website by using database usernames, for each user? Is it a bad practice? What can be the issues? The idea is to create the users and permissions at database level. EDIT: ...
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Privilege seperation when using the same login credentials?

While thinking about preventing ransomware attacks on my machine I stumbled across the following question: Assume I'm on a Windows (10) PC. Assume further that I have two (local) accounts, one with ...
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Bookmark UUID Link

I noticed the following site: nightchamber.com A user account is automatically generated on first visit and keyed against a uuid, the id is then stuffed into the session and used to make a link the ...
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Keeping login in sync with third party providers

When you use a third party for authentication (E.g. Google/Facebook javascript SDK), their SDK keeps track of the login status. If I have my own server, which requires an access token of it's own (...
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Client verification with PKCS#7

When a client sends you a pkcs#7 file to communicate with you, Is this because the file has their public key(certificate) and their chain and to avoid the confusion on your side what needs to be there ...
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Distribution of Application API Token

I wrote a simple twitter client for command-line use. For such application, twitter requires two types of tokens, namely application identification, user OAuth Token. The second one is to allow ...
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Does it Matter That Universal Windows Platform (UWP) is Open to Phishing Attacks?

A few years ago (a little over three now to be exact), I brought up what I consider to be a rather obvious (and serious) security issue with the Universal Windows Platform (UWP): The ability to use ...
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Rate limit login attempts: count by IP or username

I need to limit login attempts. One option is to count attempts by IP address and then block the IP. The disadvantage is that different users may have the same IP address. Another option is to limit ...
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2 Step login: Memorable word reset via Email OR Security Questions?

Background We have a system in place which requires employees to login using a 2 step verification process ( password & Username) + (a defined number of characters from a chosen Memorable word). ...
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How to know if accessing to a VPN service is safe and won't steal my data

I want to know if a VPN service is safe or not. If the VPN server itself can catch or sneak peek my data? Or as long as it is a VPN service, then the security is protected by the algorithm itself? ...
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Is TextKey SMS 2 factor authentication secure against cell phone cloning?

I came across this website today that implements SMS based authentication that works "opposite" most SMS authentication methods. In typical SMS authentication, the provider sends you an access code ...
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Four-way Handshake in WPA-Personal (WPA-PSK)

Can someone explain to me in what consists the Four-way Handshake in WPA-Personal (WPA with Pre-Shared Key), which informations are being sent between AP and client, how is it possible to find the AP ...
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How to solve race condition in 2-factor authentication solutions like RSA Security tokens or Google Authenticator?

One of the reasons we opt to use 2-factor authentication is to minimize the impact of keyloggers. The theory is that even if an attacker is able to observe the user type in the token numbers, they ...
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How might a PIN based Web authentication scheme work?

I'm interested in implementing PIN based authentication for a web application, similar to what Facebook provides in their mobile web site. Here is the user flow: User visits the site for the first ...
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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 ...
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What are the benefits to a two-page login system for a webapp?

I have noticed many website going to a two-page (not two-factor) login system - where you enter your username on page 1 and click submit, and then enter your password on page two and click submit. ...
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(ctrl + alt + del) on Windows 8/8.1/10

After seeing this answer I wondered, how is this done in newer versions of windows, where [ctrl + alt + del] is no longer required for login? Was this feature just removed, or is it somehow ...
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What is the difference between authenticity and non-repudiation?

I'm new to infosec and doing some reading. Not surprisingly one starting point was wikipedia. In this article, authenticity and non-repudiation are listed as 2 separate 'Basic concepts'. My ...
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What to do for my Web API authentication scheme

I've been reading a lot lately about WEB API authentication mechanisms and I'm a little bit confused regarding how to implement my Web API authentication mechanism, I'm thinking on using Token based ...
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How should I construct a secure redirect_uri?

I have read a number of questions on the underlying necessity of a redirect_uri. I don't want to screw this up! Can anyone give an example of how a secure redirect_uri could be constructed? For ...
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Recommended End-User Authentication for OpenID Connect / OAuth 2 [closed]

I am learning about OAuth 2 and OpenID Connect. Reading the documentations I feel that the specification of OpenID Connect leaves some blank space regarding the End-User Authentication. The spec ...
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What is the opaque field in HTTP Digest Access Authentication used for?

Is the opaque field really used for anything? It is specified in the RFC, but is not implemented in Apache. Also, the RFC does not state a reason for having opaque, it is only mentioned as a value ...
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Why a physical signature is even listing any security at all? [duplicate]

I'm from germany where I have to "access" my money mostly by using a pin. (except for a credit card where I just had to put in the card at all (no signature was requested nor a PIN) But this post: ...
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How Do I Create a Production Client Authentication Certificate for Azure Key Vault?

I am learning about Azure Key Vault, and one of the scenarios it supports is certificate authentication, which you can read about here. The samples do a great job of explaining how to make a self-...
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What auth info is locally revealed with eduroam WPA-Enterprise 802.1X?

If you authenticated with your eduroam credentials at a participating institution, your home institution is the one doing the authentication of the credentials, and the host institution is only ...
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Samba printer usernames and passwords , security problem

Password leaks , printing from Linux client to windows based print server When authenticating Linux users for using a windows share printer on their machine, the windows domain user-name and password ...
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Man in the middle attacks for Out of band Authentication

I was researching on methods to avoid man in the middle attacks. I thought of using out of band authentication but i read the wikipedia article on the same topic which goes as follows: "In ...
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Is It OK If a Server Does Not Verify a Certificate?

I am currently learning a LOT about Azure, Azure Active Directory, and Azure Key Vault (AKV). To start with, please see this article: In particular, I am interested in this statement: When ...
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Password may not be similiar to last 5 passwords [duplicate]

SAP NetWeaver has a password policy to prevent your new password beeing similiar to the last 5 passwords. Are the passwords stored in plaintext to verify this? Or is something like a soundex value ...
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Why is my phone connection secure without a password when WiFi is not even with a password?

When I talk on the phone or send text messages, I never need to type a userid and password. But when I use WiFi I need to use a password. How is the phone connection secured without a password, and ...
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Remembering email in login form

After logging out Google remembers recently used email addresses in the login form so the user only needs to enter the password. See accounts.google.com. How secure is it? What factors should I ...
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Distinct error messages for wrong email / password

I want to continue discussion started in this question "Username and/or Password Invalid" - Why do websites show this kind of message instead of informing the user which one was wrong? but ...
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Sending passwords to someone remotely

As someone who usually works with people in other countries it has always been a problem to send login information to each-other. For development login details like debug databases etc sure I can ...
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Token based authentication: Why invalidate the token after each request?

I use the gem devise_token_auth while developing an API for a mobile app. Authors claim that: Tokens should be invalidated after each request to the API. This behavior is enabled by default. ...
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Justifying strong 1st factor in the context of multi factor authentication — beyond passwords

I am wondering if you need strong 1st factor (for theoretical correctness, please note it is the knowledge factor -- not necessarily a password, but definitely also includes strong passwords)? What ...
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multi tenancy and microservices API authentication/authorization

I'm seeking advice on how we may be able to implement authentication and authorization for multitenancy with slightly different number of scenarios. We are building a set of API's which of some are ...
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Mobile Backend Server: How to validate authenticated client is valid?

Consider this scenario Step 1: App asks user to "Sign In" using Google or Facebook. Step 2: Once authenticated, app sends user's Id (from Google/Facebook) to My App Server requested to app ...
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Whats the most secure way to send user data from client to server? [closed]

I know there are probably many existing answers to this question but so far I couldn't find a simple detailed answer. On the android app there is two buttons, sign in with facebook and sign in with ...
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Is logging a user out with CSRF a security issue? [duplicate]

I found the following behavior on a relatively popular website: They have a GET route for logging out (e.g. /api/user/logout). That allows me to write ![](/api/user/logout) in a comment or anything ...
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Mutual Authentication and Authorisation with Certificates from various CAs

Edit: Having read this question and answer I have a bit more of an understanding. My question now then, is: can I use a certificate that a user has had signed by a registered CA such as VeriSign, ...
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Protection of eduroam credentials

Recently my educational institution officially switched over from the their own wireless network to eduroam. If I understand correctly from the FAQ, credential authentication is performed on the ...
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What does showing a “security picture & phrase” guard against? [duplicate]

A couple financial sites that I use have a "security picture" (some small random photo) and "security phrase" (something I write about it). Two of them go about it differently, however: One asks my ...