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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Four-factor authentication

I'm sure you've all heard of two-factor/multi-factor authentication. Basically it comes down to these factors: Knowledge - something you know (e.g. password, PIN, pattern) Possession - something you ...
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Password verification scheme (used in eg. MS Office) - more secure than just a hash?

Usual password verification schemes stores a salted password hash and the salt. If the hash is good and computational costly, it is considered secure. However an alternate version (used in Microsoft ...
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NFS IP spoofing

I am using VirtualBox: where the guest is an Arch ISO and the host Windows/Cygwin or a generic Linux. For sharing host folders, VB native shared folders is not an option (since the setup requires ...
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What is the difference between session fixation and session recreation?

I have read that both of them are conventionally the same. But there must be a few differences which differentiates the two terms. Anyone please explain.
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Is my authentication persistence system design secure?

This system is for a personal file upload and sharing web application made with PHP. When a user logs into the application, it has the option to "stay logged in" after closing and reopening their ...
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How to completely password protect login into Ubuntu 12.10?

I am running Ubuntu 12.10 on my laptop and I would like to make a set up such that without a login password, no one would be able to login into my system. Currently it seems that one can, quite ...
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HMAC based algorithm for publicly sharing authenticated messages

I am trying to design an algorithm for publicly sharing authenticated messages. Obviously, asymmetric public/private key schemes do this, but I want to avoid the requirement that users have to keep ...
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Authentication vs. Verification in General and with Biometrics

I am reading The Basics of Information Security, 2nd. Ed., Andress, Jason. He says on p.25, "Identity verification is a step beyond identification, but it is still a step short of authentication, ...
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Global user override - Uncomfortable

We have recently started a project with a service provider who is a little old fashioned in their ways. They provide a product but don't market it particularly well, so we (as users of the product) ...
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Secure REST API and Single Page App by using external OAuth 2 Authorization Code

I am trying to understand how to implement an OAuth 2 Authorization Code flow when having both a single page JS app and a REST API. The aim is to secure access to the REST API by offloading ...
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Why does ssh `known_hosts` file need server name?

When I push/pull repos on GitHub over SSH, sometimes there will a message about unidentified server and asks if I want to trust and add it to known_hosts. Apparently this is because GitHub has ...
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How to evaluate authentication for a WAP portal?

I am trying to evaluate a security authentication for a WAP portal. The authentication works by asking the customer for his unique MSISDN and then a secret pin code is sms to client. In this is a ...
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Does Username + Password + Pin improve login security?

I've been asked to add a feature to a website to require a pin for users. The site currently uses username and password. If a user wants to change their password they need to supply the current ...
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What are the best and most popular authentication algorithms/protocols? [on hold]

Our cryptographic/security company is designing a new generic versatile library that implements all popular algorithms in all areas of cryptography. Now I'm studying a subject of Authentication. What ...
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Is an emailed PIN for 2FA worthwhile?

To log in to our web app, our security team is insisting on 2FA as it is hosted on our internal network. The proposed solution is to have a standard username (email address) and password login, which ...
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How safe is to secure sensitive content by URL with MD5 hash and no other authorization?

Suppose we have website that use MD5 hash in URL like this: http://somewebsite.com/XXX/ where XXX is MD5 hash. Content of this website may have sensitive information like transaction details with ...
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Security considerations for RESTlike HTTP API of an embedded system

I'm designing a HTTP service for an embedded device and wondering if the following security concept is good enough: SSL(Up to Version 3) is enabled by default, TLS is not by limitations of the ...
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Secure log in without sending plain test to server

I know this question asked so many times, but here I am again with it. I am working on an application in which I need to log-in users but the question is it is not a good Idea to send user credentials ...
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Closely spaced failed logins in auth.log

I have a raspberry-pi (running GNU/Linux) and I recently allowed my router to forward port 22 (ssh) to the raspberry-pi so that I could log in while away from home. I then noticed a bunch of ...
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Two-Step vs. Two-Factor Authentication - Is there a difference?

These days, there's pretty much three forms of authentication in general use on the web: Single-factor authentication, e.g.: PIN or password. Two-factor authentication, e.g.: Single-factor plus a ...
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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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Securing login form in a desktop app

I currently have a desktop application which requires the user to have a username and a password. These credentials are stored on a webserver (myserver.com), so when he types the username and the ...
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Request on port 843 to fnes.amazon.com only on the login page of amazon [closed]

I wonder if anybody knows why amazon, only on their login pages (both for amazon.com and for aws console login) does a request on port 843. This request is apearantly to name fnes.amazon.com My ...
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One time passwords using Mobile phones [on hold]

It is safe to assume that the majority of users accessing the internet also possess the mobile phones. So can we take advantage of this and relieve users of remembering any passwords. Instead of ...
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Security of a Random Password

i. If I choose random password of length say 15 from the alphabet set of size 94 i.e. from the search space of 94^15, is my password protected against all kind of threats? ii. Will there be any need ...
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Is this login flow via an authenticated email account safe?

I want to have users log in by entering an email, and then proving that they control that email. I only care that they do control the email, and so want to avoid add another password to the process if ...
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What is a AUTH-KEY in the security of the computers?

I don't know if this is the right section to post my question and if it is not I apologize. I'm studying security in computers and in particular the URL Spoofing. I understand that a form of URL ...
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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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Verification code generation and expiration

I am trying to implement an application that includes registration, In order to register to the system the user shall enter his organization ID number let's say. To verify the user identity, a ...
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Facebook oAuth2 for Javascript client application

When implementing Facebook login using oAuth2 (the Javascript version), I receive an access token back from the Facebook auth server. So far so good. The problem I have is that I want to implement a ...
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What are the disadvantages of implementing HTTP authentication in a web application? [duplicate]

I know that there are different types of authentication mechanisms available. One among them is the HTTP authentication. What is the danger in using this method compared to other methods?
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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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Drawbacks of OpenVAS [closed]

Delibrate on any major vulnerability detection capability missing in OpenVAS compared to its commercial alternative solutions. Please.
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OAuth2 - Resource Owner Password Credentials grant

The OAuth2 spec describes the Resource Owner Password Credentials grant type and authorisation flow here. I understand that only 'trusted' client applications would be allowed to use this grant, for ...
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DB vulnerability OpenVAS [closed]

Could anybody comment on the strength of OpenVAS for detecting DB vulnerability.
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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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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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Security concept for Android app with PHP based REST API

I'm trying to build my own PHP based REST Api for my Android app and I'm a litte bit confused by all the different user authentication stuff one can find on the internet. So I want to present my ...
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automatic connection from LSASS to different IPs. Is this the usual behavior?

I'm using windows 7. firefox 22. connecting through a regular residential wifi router. In the last month I've noticed that when I connect to the internet and once in a while my firewall indicates me ...
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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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Authentication between two internal servers

I have two internal servers that are going to communicate with each other; they speak HTTP/TLS. Is there a best practice for authenticating communications between internal servers? Short of a best ...
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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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Ubuntu backup to only specific devices

I am looking into setting up a secure Ubuntu server with daily backups to two different external hard drives that will be swapped with the external hard drive that is stored in a safe deposit box. ...
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What forms of two-factor authentication are used by the Healthcare industry? [closed]

I know fingerprint and usb tokens are used. Not sure if other schemes are used. Primarily hospitals and insurance providers.
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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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Facebook iOS SDK Authentication

The Facebook iOS SDK only needs your bundle & app IDs of your iOS app to match those of your Facebook app. If I find out an app's app ID, can't I just create another iOS app with that app's ...
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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 ...