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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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Why not ask for a password and 2-factor token at the same time?

I have observed a number of web-based login forms that offer 2-factor authentication do token entry on a second form after validating your username and password. Is there a reason not to ask people ...
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LastPass login security

If LastPass does not store your master password, then how can you login to use their web app? Surely you must type it in, it is sent over using SSL, and then salted/hashed on the server-side, and ...
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Does having 2-factor authentication help with HeartBleed?

I was talking with a friend about HeartBleed, and he mentioned that he had 2-factor authentication enabled on all the sites that supported it, so even with his username and passwords, nobody would be ...
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Digital signature based authentication schema using two passwords

I'm working on an authentication system for a web based Bitcoin-related service. As part of the service, users do some less sensitive operations (mostly reading and sending various types of ...
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What methods can be used to prevent mistyped usernames?

I wanted to log on to my account on my bank's website. The account is protected by a number of security checks. The first one is what really amounts to a username, a confidential one. It's an 8-digit ...
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is there any 100% secure way for form authentication and sending information from client side to server side over internet pages? [closed]

i think for acquiring 100 % secure data transfer between forms on client side and c# code on server side ? my tools : i use IIS as my server and i wonder how can i reach for latest security that ...
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Using same CSRF Token for Multiple account creation [closed]

While Pentesting through some sites i found that an Multiple account's can be created using same CSRF token which should not allowed.I want to place two scenario's to describe my question. Scenario ...
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How can I analyze password recovery tokens?

All websites that support authenticated user interactions have a password recovery feature. Usually they will email the password reset link through which you can easily recover your account by typing ...
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is IPSEC Authentication between local domain hosts a part of normal behaviour in a Windows network?

I am seeing lot of IPSEC Authentication messages in eventlogs of Windows domain hosts. I was wondering if this - setting up IPSEC connections between domain workstations is a part of normal Windows ...
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I authenticate my users through Facebook's Oauth client and want to secure my own called APIs

My application is divised into two parts: Javascript application as client Server side API's (RESTFUL through Play!2.2 framework) I expect users to be authenticated through Facebook's Oauth 2.0 ...
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Hashing the cookie token for persistent login

In a login system I'm doing, I'm using a per-user, per-device randomly generated cookie token. A part of the script looks like this: // Generate current device's token $token = ...
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Can I use 2 factor authentication for shared accounts?

Is it possible to use SecurID 2FA for Highly Privileged shared accounts? I am currently using CyberArk to vault passwords for privileged accounts. when I checkout a password, I would like to make sure ...
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What is the preferred way of using AWS (specifically S3) from mobile apps?

Adding the AWS access key and secret key directly in app code is definitely not a good approach, primarily because the app resides on the users device (unlike server side code), and can be reverse ...
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How to use TPM to perform platform authentication?

I am currently looking at TPM (Trusted Platform Module) and wondering how does TPM offer platform authentication. Suppose a legal host is deployed on the cloud. How do I use TPM to assure that the ...
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Hardware-restricted root login

I was thinking about how security on my Linux server can be increased and came up with this question: If most intrusions are performed by gaining remote access to machines, would it be possible and ...
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Securing mobile app rest requests

I am using Facebook login in a mobile native app, and I'm trying to figure out if my approach is secure enough. This is the flow (all communication is made over SSL): User logins to Facebook ...
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How exactly are physically unclonable functions used in authenticaton if they are unclonable?

There is ongoing and quite promising research with prototypes presented about using physically unclonable functions (PUFs) in authentication. If they are practically unclonable, how is a PUF-based ...
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How does a system authenticate a user using a hash function, after it has been salted?

I don't really understand how salting works. I read the Wikipedia article, but I still don't understand how can a system authenticate a salted hash? Let's say a user chooses a password. It's randomly ...
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MySQL authentication, how to pad the 20-byte salt

Im authenticating with a mysql server with the authentication method listed here. I observed the salt and hash using wireshark, and I know the password, but I am having trouble reproducing the hash I ...
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Cascaded Sudo for privilege elevation

I intend to use the least privileged user to do a given task. The issue is that it involve a kind of responsibility chain and translate as a sudo chain in my scripts, spreading the overall task in ...
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SSL/TLS : Authentication mechanism

I have these doubts regarding authentication in SSL/TLS : Will there be an authentication involved for all SSL connections ? For eg. when I browse the internet, using the most up-to-date browser, ...
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What popular online services allow passwordless authentication using digital signatures? [closed]

I am looking for web services that allow clients to authenticate using digital signatures. Especially with e-commerce and payments, clients generally authenticate using name and password (sometimes ...
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WordPress Hacked. Deny access via admin - helpful or not?

Does it actually help keep a site more secure to deny all access to WP admin and make changes directly on the FTP only? Our WP has been hacked twice now. It seems that everyone has a different idea ...
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Is checking against password lists a good way to enforce a secure password policy and possibly detect dictionary attacks on a web-based app?

I have written a script to check a given password against a ~65 million long list of passwords collated from various lists released after hacking attempts. I am thinking about incorporating it into ...
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Alternative to security questions for account recovery when email isn't an option

I'm working on a project whereby a certain level of anonymity is required for users. One of stipulations is that no email is used at all, as it makes the barrier to entry too high for people who want ...
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Log in security - saving a session [closed]

I am creating a log in system. The easiest system would simply check a database for a log in and password, then same a session var which states login=true I am interested in other things that I can ...
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Is this API Token scheme secure enough

I am designing a REST Api for a mobile application and have some worries over properly securing access to accounts. I am writing the API server in nodeJS and it will primarily be consumed by a mobile ...
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Why is client-side hashing of a password so uncommon?

There are very few websites that hash the users password before submitting it to the server. Javascript doesnt even have support for SHA or other algorithms. But I can think of quite a few advantages, ...
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How to setup cronjobs that do scp without saving the .pem file on either of the machines

I have the following situation and want to know what are the best practices to do such things without exposing myself to security issues I have two servers both use the same private key for login. ...
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Is a console application with NT Authority/System rights dangerous?

A developer managed to open a console application with NT Authority/System rights at the startup screen before logging in. From that command prompt it is possible to execute arbitrary programs like ...
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Separation of secure login steps

I'm redesigning a login screen for a financial services application. Currently, this requests user ID and password, then (on the same screen) 2 digits from a 6-digit PIN are requested - these 2 digits ...
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Persistent login by hashing password hash

It seems that persistent logins are technically the same as storing a password on the client, and therefore should be avoided whenever possible. However, real life users would be unhappy with having ...
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Is the digital declaration just an obscure proposal?

One professor from my university proposed me and some colleagues to work on a paper about the digital declaration (which is supposed to be better than the digital signature) for passing the subject. ...
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Passwordless login over email - security considerations

I'm proposing the use of a login system that sends a one-time login token (with high entropy) via email to the user. After using the token, the user receives another token via email and the previous ...
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Logging in after password reset email sent (but not acted on)

Should a user be allowed to request a password reset email and then log in (i.e. disregarding the reset email and using their existing password) or should the current account be locked until the ...
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Windows Authentication to protect API

One of my colleagues has a web api call that is checking that the user is logged in and his token matches what is in session (thanks to all of you for your help). Let's say this is layer blue. After ...
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Is there any way to restrict multiple access to my server at the same time using one client certificate?

My Server is Windows 2008. Mr. X is accessing my web server using Mr. X's certificate. In that time, an outsider is also trying to access my server using Mr. X's certificate (somehow he got it). Is ...
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Yet another newbie security paranoid user authentication [closed]

I am building yet another website which requires user and session authentication. This time I want to be complete security paranoid and actually care if the passwords or sessions are stolen. I have ...
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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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Protecting against/detecting a specific Man in the Middle attack

I'm working on a specific (hypothetical) situation, where I have two client machines attempting to perform a public key exchange, via a server. There's no possibility for a direct connection between ...
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How does my bank knows my second and forth chars of my password [duplicate]

I see that the new login mechanism used by some banks in UK and also used by visa debit authentication is to ask for three random characters from your password at login (for example second, ninth and ...
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why gmail's phone verification code not encrypted

while using google's phone verification code system, i have noticed that google phone verification code is always 6 digits cant it be brute forced for randomly generating the 6 digits?is it there any ...
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Is OAuth always the right choice (and when isn't it)

So I am reluctant to ask too much of a noob question, as this guy aked about a non-standard approach and got down voted a bunch, but here goes. I am creating a mobile application which needs to ...
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user authentication my method (reinventing the wheel) is this secure?

I have read many articles advising to use OpenID, including Stack Overflow Q&A, for authentication. Unfortunately I can't use openid because my auth is not based on an email id - it is based on ...
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What is the difference between claims, attributes, and roles?

Many questions have already been asked about Claims-based authentication and the differences with other approaches: Role-based vs Claims-based Explain claims-based authentication Now, my favorite ...
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Social login - authenticate if email exists or create new user

Here's the idea: I have a website where I offer to users to log-in/sign-up via social networks(in this case Facebook and LinkedIn) When a user authenticates with either provider I look-up the users ...
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Self-encrypting drives, certification for tamper-protection?

Consider a drive with Opal 2.0 support that works with Microsoft Bitlocker's "eDrive" feature. In this case, supposedly, the encryption key never leaves the disk (which might increase security, ...
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SSTP data traffic when multiple client approach?

I'm connecting 100 clients through SSTP to a centralized server containing a database. What happens when all clients approaches at same time and how the data traffic is managed in SSTP and how much ...
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2-Factor Auth with SSH

I recently acquired a Synology NAS (DS1513+). I am looking to expose SSH access remotely and to that end would like to harden SSH as much as possible. Is 2 Factor auth possible and if so what are the ...
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What is the best approach for securing log-in credentials on an HTML form?

I realize how basic this question is, but I have relied for years on mechanisms built into .NET to handle log in for me. These days, most of my work involves using client-side logic and calling API ...