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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Terminology: authentication vs verification

The two words have a similar meaning and I'm having difficulty adequately explaining the difference to someone. You verify a person's identity by having them show a form of identification, such as a ...
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Will using external OAuth providers for authentication protect users better than custom authentication?

On StackExchange we have the ability to choose to use our existing credentials with external OAuth providers such as Facebook or Google. This is convenient for users, but does it also have potential ...
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Password on login idea

In addition to the standard best practices on password logins. Has anyone considered a captcha like system but instead of just typing out what is in the captcha, the captcha will be directions on what ...
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Extended Basic Authentication

I would like to implement a REST API with Basic Authentication which relies on username and password. Because REST is stateless the user would have to reenter username and password for every request ...
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A protocol to authenticate users without login/password

A casual message exchange on reddit yesterday got me thinking whether it might be possible to design a protocol that removes the need for users to remember a unique password for every service (s)he ...
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Custom web authentication scheme

For a project at work I'm currently implementing a not too large webservice. For reasons of learning something new I tried making it a REST service, which then prompted the issue of authentication. I ...
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Using authentication only one time passwords [duplicate]

I would be interested in advice. Imagine a authentication mechanism where users are authenticated ONLY using some code (e.g., one time password) which they receive (say as SMS) on their mobile phone? ...
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LDAP Security problems?

I have installed many Active Directory (AD) based networks and have applied various standard security templates based on best practices, however I have never really looked at LDAP on a deeper level ...
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Transparently authenticating users or devices on mobile devices

I have an interest in using EAP-TLS to authenticate both users and devices separately on mobile devices (phones, iPods, tablets, etc.). My issue is how to delineate between user authentication and ...
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Is secure web-app off-line auth possible?

I'm currently thinking about an web-app that can go offline (after being online) and still be able to provide authentication to the user securely. (For example, in a multiuser environment, it's quite ...
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What attacks, if any, are possible against Security Support Provider Interface (SSPI)?

I've been looking at SSPI recently, as it is used for authentication in a variety of Microsoft products. From the looks of it, it's based on GSSAPI and provides an abstraction for wrapping various ...
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Authentication for Mobile Devices

I am looking for ways to Authenticate on a mobile device. The mobile application is connecting to a WCF Service which in turn connects to a Database. Before the application retrieves any information ...
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Security for REST api (user/pass auth vs hmac vs oauth)

I have two servers (one on Hetzner (I am calling it H) and other in my office (calling it O) ). I need to run a basic CRUD web service on O and the only consumer of the service is H. Data on O is ...
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Why doesn't Google 2 Factor Auth ask for a code? [closed]

I set up Google 2 Factor auth to use 2 Factor Auth with certain sites. But reading over the help suggests that Google 2 Factor Auth is only used to log into Google services like Gmail. But when I log ...
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Do Google 2 Factor Auth backup codes work for logging into Google or other sites?

I set up Google 2 Factor Auth to log into other sites. I see there are backup codes if you lose your device. Are these used only to log into Google, or can they be used to log into other sites?
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How to log into sites that you have set up Google 2 Step Authenticator if you lose your phone?

If you use Google Authenticator to log into sites using 2 Factor Authentication, how do you log in after you lose your phone? Can you install Google Authenticator on another device?
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API authentication without Oauth2 server

I have an API that needs user authentication. It is the same way Google authenticates when you use their API to access user data. I really don't want to setup an oauth2 server and I want user to login ...
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What are some good user login/authentication libraries or protocols to use with Python on Google App Engine? [closed]

I've read elsewhere (http://forums.udacity.com/questions/6028436/bcrypt-not-suitable-for-pythongae) that bcrypt is not suitable for use on Google App Engine. What are some good ways to create a user ...
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User password as key instead of hashing it

I was reading here on Hashes and Salts and I thought about another method to do user authentication. I need your thoughts on this as I might be overlooking something. Scenario: For web application ...
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If a login/session cookie is stolen,does changing the password void it?

Considering the scenario where a Gmail session/login cookie is hijacked or stolen and it is discovered my means of Gmail last account activity,will changing my password immediately void the cookie or ...
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Store private key on server, then use k1 to log in, k2 to verify HMAC and k3 to decrypt private key

I'm working on a proof-of-concept program to encrypt email with less difficulty for end-users with a process like: To create an account: Generate a random salt and IV, and get a password from the ...
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Can my email account be accessed without the password? How secure is it?

Can my email account be accessed without the password, and how secure is email if I store my personal documents on it? And how come Yahoo Mail asks me to tell them my friends and folders names to ...
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Want to authenticate oracle login using encrypted password…how to?

We are connecting to Oracle using korn shell scripts, which use sqlplus to connect to Oracle. The Oracle database is on the same Solaris box. Currently, we are storing the Oracle user id and ...
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NFC used in place of contact based smart card two-factor authentication

My organization is trying to move away from contact based smartcards (because our hardware vendor is no longer integrating them into their current systems) to some other form of two-factor ...
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SSL/TLS Client Authentication by IP

Is there any mechanism in SSL/TLS which allows a certificate to be bound to a device? Example: There is a client who talks to a server, and during SSL/TLS setup, there is mutual authentication. ...
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How is an HTTPS login secure when pages use HTTP?

When someone go to eBay's website, they use an unencrypted connection between their PC and eBay's server. If they sign in, they are redirected to a secure site identified by its certificate and may ...
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Is this cross-site password model secure?

I'm looking for a way of securely having passwords for different pages. Say I generate this password: ild23rfsfdfg%*#fArg34t34657%537@asd7oak2094^*q2k2k@Kk3j4tn453Q5# Then, for each site, I change ...
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Taking password letters not whole one, is this secure? [duplicate]

I found a site which is taking password letters from their users not the whole password. Is this secure? Or do they have saved password as salted hash (MD5)?
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Am I wrong to believe that passwords should never be recoverable (one way hash)?

I recently forgot my password for our cable provider online account, only to discover that they sent it to us via plain text in an email. I quickly sent an email to customer support asking them if ...
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Asynchronous vs. Synchronous authentication process

I'm currently developing a web application using Node.js (server-side JavaScript) and MongoDB (NoSQL database). I'm at the stage where I have to design the authentication and I had a question about ...
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Can unencrypted keys & logins be kept out of program memory?

No matter what technique is used to store encryption keys & logins, it seems that all roads lead back to program memory (as far as I know), as an unencrypted version of the keys & logins will ...
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Why can I see the Basic Auth credentials in plaintext when using SSL

I just read this about the security about Basic Authentication over SSL: Is BASIC-Auth secure if done over HTTPS? And I don't get it. I just installed ProxyDroid (http proxy) on my rooted android ...
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How can salted, hashed password storage be combined with a plaintext, nonce and hash based authentication?

My understanding is as follows: To securely store a password (e.g. in a database), you use a hashing algorithm designed for this purpose (designed to be slow, e.g. bcrypt), and you use a unique salt ...
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Isn't MongoDB actually storing plaintext passwords?

According to the documentation at http://docs.mongodb.org/meta-driver/latest/legacy/implement-authentication-in-driver/: The driver then runs the authenticate command for the database on which to ...
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How to Securely Implement a “Remember Me” Feature?

Assuming you already have a website that implements all of the standard login stuff, what is the correct and most secure way to allow users to automatically be logged in for a certain time period ...
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How do I make or get computer certificates to use with IPSEC user authentication on Windows?

I am having trouble and need some direction using computer certificates with Windows 7 firewall IP Security rules, using certificates only for user authentication. I can get everything to work ...
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Preventing LSASS from storing clear-text passwords in Kerberos environment

It is a well known security risk that LSASS stores clear-text passwords if a user has performed a keyboard-interactive logon on a machine - be it local login to his/her workstation or using RDP to a ...
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What are the advantages of multi-level authentication?

By multi-level authentication, I am referring to the fact that the user makes use of a primary username password keypair to log into his account. Then, to perform some other actions, such as authorize ...
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Should password be cleared after unsuccessful logon attempt?

Lets assume following workflows a) On a device with keyboard: I type my username and password Press enter [realization] I made a typo Password field is cleared: not a big deal, I can type ...
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How to secure database table of users for an application?

I am working on a Windows application that utilizes a MySQL database for its user authentication and data storage. Within the application, the highest level of user (Administrator) can create and ...
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Candidate authentication in large scale assessment

First of all, I'd like to apologize beforehand if the questions I am about to ask are not really suitable for this site. I could not think of any other category to post under. Right, here goes. We're ...
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Where can I find good dictionaries for dictionary attacks?

I’m wondering where I can find good collections of dictionaries which can be used for dictionary attacks? I've found some through Google, but I’m interested in hearing about where you get your ...
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Should user IDs be implemented in online banking?

How common is it for a bank to request you to make a user ID as well as password when banking? Should they simply use a pre-determined number such as your credit-card, or are there advantages to have ...
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How does Google detect new devices for two factor authentication

When you enable two step verification for google accounts, you get sent a code by SMS to enter in addition to your username and password the first time you log in with a new device. How do they ...
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How to get an NT hash from registry? [closed]

I want to manually get the NT hash from the registry (without any tool). Let's say just for the administrator. I know that it must be stored in the SAM area of the registry somewhere so I tried to ...
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NTLM security and password complexity

A client that allows to respond to the server with LM and NTLM, with a password which is simple,, is it insecure. Isnt a more secure way is to have all the communication with NTLMv2 scheme? and in ...
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Any advantage to securing WiFi with a PSK, other than to keep out unauthorized

As I understand WiFi with a PSK, such as WPA(2)-PSK or WEP, anyone on the same network can decrypt anyone elses packets because everybody has the same key. In which case, if you are not going to ...
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Role vs Identity based authentication? What is the difference?

What is the difference between role-based authentication and identity-based authentication? If a system uses ONLY a password mechanism to authenticate operators (different PIN for Admin and User) it ...
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What are the performance and security tradeoffs when selecting “ECC” or “Subgroup” in a U-Prove token?

In one of the U-Prove documents, I remember reading something that compared Subgroups versus ECC and it went something like this (paraphrased): Subgroups Requires a bigger key to achieve equivalent ...
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Logging in a user after password reset via link

Lets say password reset functionality flow is the following: User submits email address used for his account. An email is sent to that email address with a link with a password reset hash. Upon ...