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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Idea for an algorithm to authenticate users with zero-knowledge-proof [need thoughts/review]

I have an idea for an algorithm. I don't know if I made any mistakes and need some extra thoughts/peer review on it. This would work as an (almost)zero knowledge proof for sending passwords that can ...
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How do I clear cached credentials from my Windows Profile?

Windows seems to be saving my credentials for a variety of applications (terminal servers, etc) and I'd like to purge this data. How can I backup and purge this data?
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Can I scratch off the magnetic strip off a debit card to only allow chip and PIN?

I have been robbed in the past by thieves using my HSBC Debit Card (issued by UAE branch) to purchase mobile phones and accessories by signing for the purchases. While the card has chip & PIN ...
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drupal external authentication - how to handle password?

I need to implement an architecture someone else designed. They have a drupal as user interacting component, and an external authentication module. To authenticate, from drupal, username and ...
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Can extra loading times on login attempts be a security threat?

I have a web application built with PHP with a login page where the visitor is supposed to enter his / her account's email address and matching password. Since I'm using the PHP native (slow) hashing ...
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Isn't it less secure to use something you are for authentication?

I have to think of this everyday when I close the doors of the shop I work in: A year ago we used to close the shop and arm the alarm using a key fob. This means the worst case scenario was that I ...
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What kind of factor is a physical signature?

I'm familiar with the basics of multi-factor authentication. Now I'm trying to understand how a physical signature, as written on, say, a check or a credit card receipt, would be classified: Is it ...
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Why would HTTP client only send authentication headers once an unauthenticated request was rejected?

The default usage of HttpClient and HttpWebRequest .NET classes is setting Credentials property and then asking the class instance to perform an HTTP request. If the target requres Basic authorization ...
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Should I use the root account on my Digital Ocean server?

I have set up an SSH key with Digital Ocean that is automatically added to any servers I create. Is it okay to use this root account for SFTP and daily use or should I create another user account and ...
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Two-factor verification without a mobile phone?

Currently, some services use a second layer of veficiation if logging in from a new device: Gmail and Facebook send a text or call with a code Facebook generates a code in the mobile application ...
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Protecting data on a remote device

Background I have am developing a service which consists in a small headless client device (e.g. OLinuXino) which will contain sensitive data. The device will be plugged to a remote network (maybe ...
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Link Layer authenticated encryption vs authentication

Many security articles discuss about adding an extra layer of security at the link layer by either authenticating the data at the link layer authenticating and encrypting it. If we have ...
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Is it wrong to root login with SSH?

I've long been under the impression that with unix, you should never login as root. Now I've started using Virtual Private Servers over at DigitalOcean, and some advice is to use SSH keys to login as ...
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Designing single-sign-on with JSONP/CORS?

I like the way that OAuth/OpenID can authenticate/identify a user from another domain, but only if the other domain allows it (presumably on the user's instructions). I would like to do something ...
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Does Ally Bank's trusted image system actually make login safer? [duplicate]

Ally Bank uses a 'trusted image' system to supposedly make login more secure. I can't find evidence that this is standard practice, so I'll explain it. When creating an account, you choose an image ...
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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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Securing fingerprint templates stored on web authentication server

I have a multi-factor web authentication server, that in addition to regular passwords uses fingerprints for user authentication. Can anyone think of a security flaw in the following scenario: I ...
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Where is the identification process when I use a key fob to unlock a door

I can understand that typing my user name on the computer is "identification" and providing the password is "authentication" but when I use a smart card or a key fob I see no identification taking ...
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Which one to ask first in multi-factor authentication?

Let's say I have a system which use something you know, like a password, and something you have, like a code sent to a cell phone, to authenticate. Is there a preferred order to ask for the password ...
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OAuth2 vs. JSON authentication

1) To what extent is OAuth2 more secure than JSON authentication (both over SSL)? The context is a client (one server) querying another server (via API) within a local network using RESTFul. Prior to ...
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Using a bearer token to get a federation token from ADFS

Why is it not possible to use a bearer token from an IdP STS to get ADFS (2.1) to issue a token? All issuedtoken endpoints require a symmetric or asymmetric key in the IdP token. Is there a specific ...
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Which encryption technique should be used for cloud computing data transfer?

I want to setup my application for cloud computing for Software as a Service. There is going to be a lot of data transfer between my server and client, to and fro. The technique I have envisaged is: ...
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How can I protect my “try it with one click” service?

I have a service with "try it now" experience that currently offers a "one click" effort. This service has a pool of N resources (lets say 50). Each new resource takes about 1 hour to generate. ...
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What is the point in having arbitrary username requirements?

I've looked around on Security.SE, but couldn't find much related to the following problem: I recently signed up for Chase Quick Pay as my method of being paid by a part-time job. I've heard of ...
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How secure are SSL client certificate authentications? [duplicate]

As far as I understand it's possible to issue SSL certificates, which could be used by clients for authentication. So in theory only users with valid certificates would be able to access a certain web ...
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Secure automatic authentication to samba share

I need to pull some data from network storage to a publicly available laptop that is running Linux. The network storage used to be provided via a server that could be connected to via ssh, but it has ...
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Shared Key vs Pre-Shared Key

Does Shared key and Pre-shared key mean different thing ? Currently reading Text , Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals.
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Collision attacks on OCB?

I've been looking into the OCB cipher mode and everything I hear sounds good. I was planning on implementing it. Everything except for this lone voice, that is: Collision attacks on OCB: We ...
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Additional security benefits from Multi-Factor Authentication?

Does multi-factor authentication provide any additional security benefits on top of doing a better job at correctly identifying and authenticating users compared to single factor authentication? In ...
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Could “receive SMS online” site be a scam?

There is a site that allows you to see all SMS received by a certain set of phone numbers (owned by the site). This seems to be meant for services that require two-factor authentication using SMS, ...
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Example of application that doesn't require “strong authentication”

Does anyone have any examples of real-life applications that doesn't require "strong authentication". I am looking specifically for blog posts or even scientific papers that argue that "strong ...
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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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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 ...