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Questions tagged [authentication]

the process of establishing the authenticity of a person or other entity. Not to be confused with authorization - defining access rights to resources.

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Files for download and their hash numbers

I'm far from being an expert in the IT security and I have this maybe naive question. Many downloadable files are deployed on websites together with the corresponding hash numbers to ensure their ...
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Verify SAML Response is from a Trusted Source

I'm in the process of making changes to my site so that we can be a SAML 2.0 Service Provider. We will be doing IdP initiated SAML with Out-of-Band account federation. My question is this: Given a ...
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How does LastPass' grid multi-factor authentication work behind the scenes?

I understand how to use the Grid multi-factor authentication as a user but how does it work technically? Specifically how can just a few letters from the grid be enough to decrypt any secret defined ...
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How does the “Service Identity” feature of Azure ACS compare (and contrast) to a real IDP?

It appears that the ACS has IDP-style features within the "Service Identities" section. How does the ACS treat these in comparison to a real IDP? What is missing? Some examples I'm thinking of ...
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Multi factor authentication on Ubuntu workstations, where to start?

Is it possible to have Ubuntu users log in with multi-factor authentication? I was thinking of a combination of pass(word|code) and smartcard (with screen locks when for example smart-card is removed) ...
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Question about the SessionLock paper

Some time ago there was a big fuzz over Firesheep: by listening to wifi traffic your login session can be stolen which is very bad because now somebody can e.g. send emails on your behalf. Some people ...
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Are there consumer-grade VPN services that support two-factor authentication, like SecurID?

I'd like to increase my VPN security, and Google hasn't turned up anything with regard to VPN services and SecurId. Does anyone know of services like this?
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OpenSSO and Basic Auth together

Our project is moving towards OpenSSO, but we have some CGIs that are accessed via web services. For example, one CGI locates files on the server and supplies them to the client. I understand that ...
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What authentication system (OpenID, Facebook, etc) permits Javascript-free and/or Cookie-Free operation?

I'm looking for an authentication system that relies on 3rd parties (ADFS, OpenID, SAML) but doesn't rely on cookies or Javascript... or at least can make them optional. My intent is to gracefully ...
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Is it possible to have authentication without state

In order to login to most websites you need a username and password which is often stored in a SQL database. You are storing per-user information that can change, this is state. Can you prove that ...
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Is there a way to accept signed requests without storing client's password in plaintext?

We are developing REST Web service. We will give Identifier and Secret string to each of our REST clients. When doing requests, clients will authenticate themselves using HMAC algorithm (they will ...
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Verifying server software integrity?

I'm trying to brainstorm a security scheme for the problem of verifying server software integrity. The domain of this problem is Game Servers built on Valve's Source Dedicated Servers. These servers ...
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What boxed solutions exist for taking care of Authentication? Mostly focused around websites

The Internet is generally plagued by websites that break basic rules of security, then there's a middle tier where website try to secure passwords... but they do it incorrectly. And finally, there's ...
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One Time Passwords. Using OTP at Windows, Ubuntu and internet sites

my question is this: Is there a way (software,hardware/token or web-ware) to use One Time Passwords in the following scenarios: Logon to my pc/laptop (windows or ubuntu) Logon to sites with OTP (...
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BlackBerry client authenticating to Java Web Service

I already asked this question at StackOverflow here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/4970681/blackberry-app-security and was directed to this site, can anyone pitch in as to how I can solve this ...
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What were the specific security flaws with OAuth 1.0? How are they being addressed in 2.0?

I read an article documenting Twitter abruptly pulling its OAuth support back in April 2009. The article said it wouldn't specify the hole for security reasons, but mentioned "social engineering" is ...
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How effective is the Mac Open Firmware password protection?

I have used Mac's Open Firmware password protection before and I've always wondered how effective it actually is at protecting my stuff. [assuming a good password] Would does the firmware password ...
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Non-OEM Biometric Software?

Most of us with fingerprint readers and such devices probably use the software provided by the vendor, to enable biometric OS login or single sign-on functionality. However, I've recently wondered if ...
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Is there software available for two-factor, biometric authentication to the OS?

Many fingerprint readers and other biometric authentication devices come with software for single-factor authentication to the OS. Is there any third-party software (F/OSS or otherwise) available for ...
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How does LiveID work? Is there any documentation on the LiveID provisioning site msm.live.com?

I'm trying to learn details on how LiveID works, when compared to other federation technologies. To be honest, I'm a bit overwhelmed by all the options at https://msm.live.com/ and want to understand ...
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How is the password prompt going to protect me from ruining my computer?

On Unix based systems, I'm often prompted to enter my password before installing or running a program. Why does this protect me? If I'm running a kiosk, I understand that a password might prevent ...
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How to set up a single sign-on for multiple domains?

I've set up a single-sign-on for two of our sites that live on the same domain: a.domain.com and b.domain.com I did it through cookies, but they are domain-dependant. And - as it is written in the ...
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Dealing with expired or revoked signing certificates with Infopath documents

Suppose I have an Infopath form that is digitally signed today by a valid, and active user. When that user leaves the company, we disable the account and revoke the certificate. This causes a problem ...
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Storing third-party auth info securely

Suppose there's a multi-user web application that requires access to user's mailbox (on third-party service, like gmail, etc.). This access needs to be persistent. Which means we'd have to store user ...
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How to protect against brute forcing

How do you properly implement defenses against brute forcing? Is it best to store how many times someone tried to log in and block them after X attempts? And how would "someone" be identified? With ...
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What shell binary should I use for the root account on a Linux system?

Is there a security advantage to using a different shell for the root account, either a hardened shell program, or simply a shell binary stored in a non-standard location?
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How to properly generate and use (m)TANs?

If you have an application that uses transaction authentication numbers (TAN) or mobile TANs, how do you generate them correctly? What are the pitfalls? And should you only allow the next number on ...