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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Client Authentication by certificates in Google APP Engine java

I am writing an application in Google APP Engine java which authenticate the user by its certificate. I have created a self signed certificate using keytool at client side. I also enable the HTTPS ...
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Tomcat IP restriction vs Two Legged OAuth

We have a server side API that is completely REST based. We are coding to secure them with two legged oAuth type authentication. We are planning to iPhone and Android apps in the future, but for now, ...
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Is SiteKey a valid defense against Phishing?

As described here, some banks use a SiteKey mechanism in an attempt to provide a defense against phishing. (This is a scheme where the user is shown a personalized image (each user has their own ...
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Is two phase authentication using SMS/voice dead?

I'm looking at implementing a two-factor authentication system for my web site, utilizing a user's cell phone as the "something you have" part of a two-factor system. It seems like there are two ...
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A special file as the second factor in 2FA

Can a file e.g. containing some random key that is generated by my web site/app be acceptable as the second factor (the first factor being a normal password) in 2FA? Someone said so to me in the ...
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Do I need logging enabled in my rules in IPFW for sshguard-ipfw to work/blacklist ip's?

From the FreeBSD handbook: Even with the logging facility enabled, IPFW will not generate any rule logging on its own. The firewall administrator decides which rules in the ruleset will be ...
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What is the purpose of Rb in the 3rd step of the 3-pass mutual authentication in ISO/IES 9798-2?

Recently I am studying ISO 9798-2 Three-pass mutual authentication. There are 3 steps, as following: B -> A: NB // B sends to A a "nonce" value NB A -> B: {NB||NA}K // A's identity is proven ...
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Security behind the windows 8 eye

I use the Windows 8 operating system. Whenever I navigate to the login page of Internet Explorer 10, or even the login screen of the operating system, I see an eye symbol at the end of the password ...
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How do I ensure secure communication and inter-process authentication in a multi-server application

Note: Question updated to narrow the scope a bit. Scenario Client <-> Application server <-> Data server Users use the client to connect to the application server and build queries for ...
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What good does the Kerberos Authentication Server

I currently try to understand the Kerberos protocol. And I think I understand the parts of it. How Alice gets a ticket from the Authentication Server to authenticate herself to the ticket granting ...
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user roles or access levels

I am beginning a new project and I already know that I'll have various roles for various users, regardless of their access level. They just have different jobs to do. With that in mind, I'm thinking ...
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How do you evaluate and audit Central Authentication Service (CAS)?

This is in reference to Jasig's CAS software and I'm looking for a checklist to audit the state of security of a CAS implementation. While the Jasig site has a lot of documentation and their mailing ...
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What are the downsides of BrowserID/Persona compared to OpenID/OAuth/Facebook?

Mozilla went live with a new service called BrowserID/Persona (announcement, background). It is intended to replace current single-sign-on solutions such as OpenID, OAuth and Facebook. One advantage ...
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Is there any drawback of using OAuth “pseudoauthentication” as opposed to OpenID?

I have seen posts that insist that OAuth is an orthogonally different thing from OpenID, because OpenID is about authenticating users, while OAuth is about giving access to certain services to a third ...
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How should I authenticate my SPA frontend with my API since I´ve got no authentication process in the site?

We are designing a web site for selling financial products online. The following is a high level description of the components: Our frontend will be a SPA built with AngularJs. The frontend will ...
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How to prevent cheating (extra votes) in online contests?

Mitigating Cheating & Voter Fraud in Online Contests… We run online contests of various sorts that involve users voting on entries (usually one vote per user per day). The prizes range from ...
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Does Diffie-Hellmann (DH) key exchange protocol lower Off-The-Record protocol (OTR) security level?

Off-the-Record protocol employes Diffie-Hellman key exchange protocol (DH). DH protocol does not provide authentication of the communicating parties and, according to many sources, is vulnerable to ...
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Security of login form

I would like to know how secure is this code I made for a login form... because I'm new in this and have serious doubts. $sql = "SELECT user_name, user_password " ."FROM users " ."WHERE ...
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Allow access only for some Mac Ids

There is an application which shows a login page. However, I do not want people to login through any machine. I want to restrict login to a few Mac Ids. Is there a way to do this? There is probably a ...
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How do SSL authenticated users prove authenticity through UDP packets?

I chose SSL for registration in the game client. The client communicates with the game server which stores a salted/hashed password. If I use SSL to authenticate users on login but the game does all ...
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Does it make sense to implement OAuth when no 3rd party is involved

I own a REST API at server side and a distinct web application that would call those APIs. I want to secure my APIs calls. After some reading, I want to implement the OAuth 1.0a mechanism at server ...
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Want to implement a really good authentication mechanism for REST API

I own a web application (single page application with Angular), that asks for some data through a set of REST APIs based on my server-side application (using Play Framework 2.2.1). So basically, I'm ...
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Simple Session Management Across Multiple Application Servers

How should I handle authentication for a simple iPhone chat app? Backend I'm building the backend using two application servers: Sinatra REST Server It lists users & old messages. Node.js ...
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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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Is my approach to anonymous certificate based HTTP(s) authentication and secure private messaging sound?

I'm trying to work out a somewhat anonymous secure messaging system, and was hoping someone could validate my overall approach. Keep in mind, this all takes place over HTTPS. Authentication While ...
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If I include a Forgot Password service, then what's the point of using a password?

I've implemented a Forgot Password service in the following way: User goes to login page, clicks on "Forgot password?" User is presented with a form that asks for their email address. Email is sent ...
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Could mint.com be more secure, and if so, how?

After reading a bit about mint.com on the money stack exchange, I wanted to give it a try. But frankly, it scares me a little bit. The site has a bunch of links explaining how they're so secure. I ...
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SAML and kerberos what to use where [closed]

I came across SAML and kerberos, both are used to establish identity using assertions (tickets) so is there an overlap in their use ? Can somebody highlight their differences and point which ...
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SSO via HMAC and shared key. Can this be improved?

Given an authenticated user on A.com, we want to redirect the user to B.com so that she'll be immedaitely authenticated. The scheme I'm considering is very basic: A.com and B.com both share key S. ...
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Is authentication through proxy sites safer?

usually in office or wherever whenever we are blocked with gmail and facebook websites,we used to browse the site with the proxy sites,we used to pass our login data through proxy sites,my question is ...
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If a site says its API for login can't be made available for “Security Reasons” should I be worried

Stack Exchange API 2.2 is finally out, (Yay!) Reading through the linked blog post, i notice the line: Login methods that don’t use OAuth can’t be made public for security reasons. Is this ...
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How does Windows 8's Microsoft Account authentication work?

One of the new features to Windows 8 is the ability to log in to your PC using your credentials from a Microsoft Account. How is this implemented, and what steps are taken to prevent hijacking of ...
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how to implement 4-legged authentication for mobile application?

I have a REST web service which already implements oauth authentication mechanism via browser. I would to expose my API to a number of mobile clients programmed by third parties. In this scenario 4 ...
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Hash the signing key of an authentication token in database

I have clients which are all browsers. All clients render just a single page application getting data from a Web API. The design of the API follows REST principles. I use token-based authentication ...
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Performance of biometric authentication on cell phones as of 2014?

How well do the various biometric authentication methods currently perform in regards to precision and recall? Can anyone cite a relevant research article?
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Ensuring security in Token url authentication

I am trying to make provision for resetting password if the user forgets his password. What I did is make a html page(say email.html) where the user will enter his email address. When the user submits ...
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What are industry-standard recommended practices to protect user information in an Android app?

I am developing an Android app that will potentially handle sensitive user data, and some of it may be even considered medical data (for example user height, weight, alergies, etc). What would be the ...
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Privacy-preserving authentication with unique user identification for Web applications

Is it feasible to authenticate users such that they should be prevented from creating multiple accounts, and that their privacy is not impaired (i.e., no personal information should be revealed to the ...
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VPN Authentication over WiFi — Is it secure?

Count this question as part of my ignorance on how authentication scheme is done on your typical VPN session. But here goes: We often advise the security-conscious user that if one must use an ...
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Protecting data on an embedded device

I am to release a system-on-chip device that, during its lifetime, will come to store sensitive data. I want to make that data hard to extract or duplicate. Encrypting is good for dealing with MiTM, ...
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Website doesn’t always log me out – Privacy concern or am I overreacting?

I’ve been applying to for some jobs and use one certain careers page somewhat regularly. I’ve started to notice that I don’t always get logged out even if I do click “log out” and see a message that ...
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Can authentication in social networks through VPN defeat the purpose of the latter?

If a person uses VPN and authenticates herself to some social network through the VPN, doesn't she lose her anonymity for as long as the VPN session is used ? By losing her anonymity, I mean that her ...
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How do clients enroll using SRP?

From what I understand, one of the benefits or Secure Remote Password (SRP) is that is does not require reliance on certificate authorities. In a scenario where clients need the ability to register as ...
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Email rejected by the server [closed]

Emails from site such as Gmail and Yahoo are rejected from secureserver.net server and treated as a spam. Can you help me?
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Does two-factor authentication reduce the need for a long password?

I've recently enabled 2-factor auth on a number of web apps, mostly using Google Authenticator. Does this mean that the importance of a strong password on each site is reduced? I would prefer to use ...
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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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Is authentication using personal pictures more secure than passwords?

Statement 1 There is a start up called PixelPin. On the web site it reads: The PixelPin solution is simple and quick to use, yet very secure. PixelPin eliminates the traditional alphanumeric ...
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Should login pages be cacheable?

I'm considering the relative benefits/disadvantages of making a login page cacheable. Note that here I'm referring to the page containing the form into which the user enters their username and ...
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Ways to authenticate client with a server

I have an app that sends an encrypted message to the server, with the sender and recipient username attached. The usernames are each linked to a unique device ID that allows messages to be sent to ...
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Is it possible to use AH in transport mode on an IPSec channel with mediation?

I understand that it's not possible to have Autentication Header with a regular NAT, because it messes with the IP header protected by AH. How about proxies? Do they change anything in the packet? ...