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Questions tagged [oauth]

OAuth is an open standard for authorizing access to data. It is a service that is complementary to, but distinct from, OpenID.

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Difference Between OAUTH, OpenID and OPENID Connect in very simple term?

I am very confused the difficult jargon available in web about OAUTH, OpenID and OPENID Connect. Can anyone tell me the difference in simple words.
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Why is it a bad idea to use plain oauth2 for authentication?

TL;DR: What are the security implications of using oauth2 for authentication? I'm building an app (site A) that allows users to perform operations on another website (site B) through a simpler ...
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If I misuse OAuth 2.0 to do authentication, am I at risk?

I understand that OAuth is not an authentication protocol, but an authorization one (even if the first paragraph on Google's OAuth 2.0 page disagrees), as well as that: [...] authorization can be ...
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How to store client secret securely on application base in Windows?

I would like to store valuable client data (ex. passwords, OAuth tokens) in a way that they will be accessible only from one application (separation on application base). The mechanism must be ...
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Why use OpenID Connect instead of plain OAuth2?

I just started to use OAuth 2.0 as a way to authenticate my users. It works great - I just use the identity/profile API of each provider to get a validated email address of the user. Now I read about ...
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Essential things to think about before outsourcing authentication with OpenID, OAuth, or SAML

It's clear there there is no consistent set of features among any of the popular authentication providers. Below is an attempt to aggregate the similarities and differences I've noticed, but I ...
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How secure are expiring tokens and refresh tokens?

In the comments of a question on StackOverflow, OAuth2 Why do access tokens expire?, people are questioning how secure refresh tokens are. This comment is how I feel: So it provides some ...
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Is logging in using OAuth/OpenID also vulnerable to heartbleed?

If one has logged into a "heartbleed-vulnerable" site using OpenID, for example, using Google to log into StackExchange, does that mean that the Google password is now at risk as well?
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Should we store accesstoken in our database for oauth2?

I have a requirement to implement Facebook and Google login in my web application. I also need to access a user's Facebook/Google+ friend list. I have gone through the complete OAuth2 documentation of ...
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Isn't OAuth, OpenID, Facebook Connect, and others crazy from a security standpoint?

I work with APIs all the time and I work with web developers who insist that OAuth, OpenID, etc are far superior than a home-brew method. Every site seems to be using these as well now for ease of use ...
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OAuth2 Cross Site Request Forgery, and state parameter

http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-oauth-v2-30#section-10.12 says: The client MUST implement CSRF protection [...] typically accomplished by requiring any request sent to the redirection URI ...
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How does a refresh token help? [duplicate]

I have a basic doubt or apparently am missing out on something fundamental. When talking about an Android app that talks to the backend using APIs, the access to the resources/APIs are protected ...
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Where should I store OAuth2 access tokens?

I am building a REST API back-end, for a mobile application. In our design choice, we decided to let OAuth2 providers handle the login security. However, I am not sure what the best practice is for ...
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Does expiring the OAuth refresh token at the same time as the access token have any utility? Or is it just security theater?

We are integrating with a vendor who have a unique (to us) OAuth 2.0 implementation: with every refresh request, they send us a new refresh token along with the access token. They say that this was ...
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OAuth + Confused Deputy + access token verification + state parameter

Google's "Using OAuth 2.0 for Client-side Application" article at https://developers.google.com/accounts/docs/OAuth2UserAgent states that the client MUST validate all access tokens to verify that it ...
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What are the downsides of BrowserID/Persona compared to OpenID/OAuth/Facebook?

Mozilla went live with a new service called BrowserID/Persona (announcement, background). It is intended to replace current single-sign-on solutions such as OpenID, OAuth and Facebook. One advantage ...
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What are the dangers of allowing “less secure apps” to access my Google account?

According to https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/6010255: Google may block sign in attempts from some apps or devices that do not use modern security standards. Since these apps and devices ...
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Can someone explain the “Covert Redirect” vulnerability in OAuth and OpenID?

CNet is reporting that all OpenID and OAuth sites are vulnerable to an attack called "Covert Redirect". What is this attack, how does it work, and as an end user, how can I mitigate the risk?
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What is the purpose of OAuth 2.0 redirect_uri checking?

The OAuth 2.0 specification's authorization code mechanism includes redirect URI checking from the site you redirect to. See steps D and E in section 4.1 of the spec. Also, section 4.1.3 describes in ...
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Decide to REST API Security

I've developed an API. I got confused and I've been reading articles for days. Actually my question is close to these but not exact (maybe a combination of them); Securing REST API that will ...
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Is Facebook Connect or Twitter OAuth PCI Compliant?

We have a system that stores credit cards securely on file. We'd love to allow users to sign up using Facebook Connect or Twitter. Obviously this wouldn't be secure if we were trusting just any old ...
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Client authentication vs. user authentication

I am currently looking into authentication protocols which work well with REST API, in java. There is something fundamental I don't understand: I read a lot of material about OAuth protocol, SSL, ...
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Is there any drawback of using OAuth “pseudoauthentication” as opposed to OpenID?

I have seen posts that insist that OAuth is an orthogonally different thing from OpenID, because OpenID is about authenticating users, while OAuth is about giving access to certain services to a third ...
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Risk of keeping OAuth2 client_secret in application

As an exercise, I'm developing a desktop application with which users need to log in to a web service. A logical use-case for OAuth2 one would say, but I'm beginning to doubt its usefulness. I am ...
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Authentication Middleware

We run a large distributed system consisting of a number (>10) of Django-based web services and web applications with a consumer base of about 10000 university students. Currently, we use a single ...
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Does returning Access-Control-Allow-Origin: * weaken the security of JSON GET responses?

The W3C CORS recommendation states: Certain types of resources should not attempt to specify particular authorized origins, but instead either deny or allow all origins. ... 3. A GET ...
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Security drawbacks for using short-lived access token in javascript client side

I intend to build a front end site entirely in javascript (NodeJS) and i would like to do ajax calls to a REST WS which is on another domain on client side. I intend to use oauth2 and SSL to secure ...
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advantages of http basic authentication over token-based (e.g. oauth2)?

I am interested in the question if there are any possible advantages to securing a given REST API for web clients and mobile apps with http basic authentication (over https of course) over a token-...
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Is it safe to store twitter access tokens client side?

After the Twitter oauth process, once I finally get my access_token_key and access_token_secret is it safe to store these in a javascript variable client side? As far as I can work out nothing can be ...
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3rd party API access: Is OAuth really required?

Having a web application with a REST API (say, our-app.com), we want to open our API to 3rd party web applications (say, their-app.com). After some research, having read about OAuth, OpenID Connect, ...
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How does a user get authorized wihtout authentication

I have a back-end (API) and a front-end, eg a web server, and I have users and ID-providers. The web server is provided by a third aprty and it may just as well be a mobile app, but whatever the case ...
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OAuth implicit flow and confused deputy problem

I'm reading about Google OAuth and implicit flow. In Google docs it says that the access token received using the implicit flow must be validated otherwise the application might be vulnerable to "...
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Is it safe to give an Oauth token to client side javascript so it can directly make requests to a server?

I currently have a simple backbone.js application served from my domain (example.com), which is provided an Oauth token. Specifically, I pass the Oauth token through my page template into the ...
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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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Create a web session from within a 3rd party website using an existing oauth2 token

We're trying to allow a trusted 3rd party web application to automatically authenticate users in our own application. We thought about using oauth2 for that matter. In our scenario we would provide ...
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Would this work to protect a cookie with an OAuth token?

I'm currently trying to set up an OAuth 2.0 authentication scheme to protect some stateless REST webservices. These services deal with sensitive information, and the OAuth support is a requirement. ...
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Does providing OAuth for mobile apps pose a security threat?

Let's take a look at the basic OAuth workflow: The basic idea is that the Consumer (App) asks the user to grant him access to the Service Provider. The service protects the user by asking him each ...
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Why not oAuth for Authentication - AKA what is bad about OpenID Connect [duplicate]

I read many questions and answers on this forum stating that oAuth is for authorization, OpenID is for authentication and more than a few of them goes on to say that OpenID Connect provides ...
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Best practices for securing open APIs from quota theft

I know that appKey is not a means of authenticating applications. But I am wondering what are the best practices for avoiding quota theft for open APIs, that are not associated with any user account. ...
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Recommended End-User Authentication for OpenID Connect / OAuth 2 [closed]

I am learning about OAuth 2 and OpenID Connect. Reading the documentations I feel that the specification of OpenID Connect leaves some blank space regarding the End-User Authentication. The spec ...
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3rd Party Mail Clients on iPhone/Android and Credential Storage

Normally when working with a user's credentials, i would store them locally on a device, never on a server because it creates unnecessary liability. For example, on iPhone we have Mail (default) ...