Authentication is the act of one entity proving its identity to another entity. Common examples involve public key cryptography. For example, proving that a banking web site actually belongs to the bank you think it does.

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Token based authentication and multiple sessions

I've a token based authentication system (REST) that I inherited for an iOS app (can't change), and I've to re-use the same authentication web api system (that I can change to adapt for the web ...
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JSON Web Token - why is the payload public?

I can't understand the reasoning for making the claims/payload of a JWT publicly visible after base64 decoding it. Why? It seems like it'd be much more useful to have it encrypted with the secret. ...
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What OpenID Connect flow is right for me?

Here's the deal. I have a .NET MVC5 web application that I'm moving up to the OpenID Connect standard. I also would like to be able to access controller methods from a mobile app (much like an API) ...
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Multi platform password storage with retrieval for applications with authorization?

I'm working on a development tool that requires knowing one or more api passwords for a user to operate. Currently it works on Mac, and uses keychain to store the credentials for later re-use. Are ...
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oauth 2 authenticate with other authorization server

Let's assume i have a mobile app backed up by a Server. the server is both an Authorization and Resource Server. Now i want to enable users to register / login to the app using Facebook API. After ...
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Personal Digital Signatures in Web Applications [closed]

In order to sign data with personal digital signature in a web application, server side languages like PHP can do the whole job, but that would require that the user uploads his private key, lets say ...
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Authenticating users across multiple web services

User details (name, address, etc) are stored across multiple sites that are vendor specific. For example, vendor A holds information concerning room bookings while vendor B holds information specific ...
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Should a “secret access code” use the same security as a normal password? [closed]

Obviously, when you store a password, you should use something similar to bcrypt before you store it in in the database. But I have a client who wants to add the ability to add a "secret code" to ...
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Should I store my user claims in the JWT token?

I am using JWT tokens in HTTP headers to authenticate requests to a resource server. The resource server and auth server are two separate worker roles on Azure. I cannot makeup my mind as to whether ...
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How would one go about creating a “Licence Key” for a distributable source-available Software project?

It has been a while since I have seen anything you can download which has to connect to license server in order to monetize a piece of software (and the last time I saw it, it went very wrong when the ...
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Should I specify the userId in the REST URL structure?

Basically, one feature of my app is to retrieve the logged user's friends. Actually, I hesitate between both kind of endpoints: GET /api/users/friends GET /api/users/:userId/friends Using 1, ...
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Using Facebook to authenticate, how to link to user record in my app? Email?

I'm using Facebook to authenticate users. We also have conventional username/ password login and registration form too. Anyway, when a user chooses to login with Facebook, we use the following ...
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Oauth 2 store access token vs verifying on each call

Let's say my Server is both Authorization Server and Resource server My Client (for example mobile app) can authenticate in 2 matters: via Resource Owner Password Credentials Grant via ...
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Purpose of authentication on API's?

After asking this question I found that I have a different question. What's the purpose of authenticating an API anyway? Take Twitter for instance. If you want to use this link to load some user's ...
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Identifying user of a webapp

For a small webapp I want to be able to identify a user. The issue is, if the user cheats in some manner, I want to be able to forbid him the usage of my application. I already have done extensive ...
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How do you implement an active sessions system like LinkedIn? [closed]

With some platforms, like LinkedIn, you can see a list of all sessions where you are logged in, and you can even log them out on a distance. How would you implement something like that? I'm not ...
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REST backend restricted access only for humans

I will design a REST backend that will work with my database. I want users to access this data by viewing my webpage (I will work with an MVC JS framework) without logging in. At the same time, I ...
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Adding new service to authenticated website

So I've created an API that I want to leverage to add some functionality to an existing web app. My current website authenticates users using SAML. What I'm looking to do is instead of moving the code ...
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How to prevent third party misuse of what is intended to be a private api (avoiding what happened to Snapchat)?

I have never used Snapchat and do not intend to but I have been reading up about what happened to them with respect to the recent media coverage about pictures being leaked especially because I am ...
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Mutual Authentication in JSON or AJAX only?

AFAIK we must install the client-certificate into the users browser to connect with https-sites using server-certificates to have a mutual authentication. What about AJAX and JSON, can we connect to ...
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Reliable way to generate a token in a SOAP webservice

Legacy SOAP service here at work use a token authentication. The flow is: As first step I call the startSession method passing username (say myUser) and password (say myPWD) as parameter. At this ...
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When should I implement authentication in a database?

I'm currently embarking on a MongoDB project (a simple user login system), and I notice that there is an option for authentication. Here is the server string, with the userinfo shown as optional ...
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Is “friendly fire” session replay a valid concern?

I've been reading a lot about sessions and security, trying to learn as much as possible before writing too much code. I've read about limiting session replay by including a timestamp within the ...
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Is my websocket session idea practical?

In a situation where all communication (including logging in) between a client (web browser) and server is done over a persistent TLS encrypted websocket, would there be anything inadvisable about ...
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Common techniques to integrate social media login to a website that requires account registration

I have developed websites where users would register with a username of their choice and an entry would be created in a database table that holds their username and some sort of salted password. They ...
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Knowing who is the user in every request (every action, every view, every time)

I have many model classes that are mapped from/to tables using EF. Two of them are User and UserCookie, which are stored in tables Users and UserCookies. public class User { public long UserId { ...
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How does Facebook manage to allow a user unlimited sessions?

I could login through the website, android app, iOS app, the browsers on mobile, and when I log out from one, it doesn't log me out of all of them. Traditionally, you would log out of all the services ...
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Security Pattern to store SSH Keys

I am writing a simple flask application to submit scientific tasks to remote HPC resources. My application in background talks to remote machines via SSH (because it is widely available on various HPC ...
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Separating roles authorization and database

Something really bothers me about the way authorization tends to be done with roles in ASP.NET MVC. The way it is normally done is that you have a Users table and a Roles table. A User can have many ...
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Testing for Authentication loop holes / bugs

We've got a web application which is 99% complete prior to public beta, were currenlty securing the site from security perspective, locking down the server, db etc, one thing I'm concerned about but ...
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Should all HTTP requests including credentials be made using a POST even if it is actually just a request for data?

Assume there is a request which is going to look up a list of items from a service which requires authorisation (e.g. it's behind a Basic Authentication domain). If the service didn't require ...
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Is OAuth suitable for this scenario?

I need to create a simple web application for track expenses, with some basic actions (user must be able to create an account and log in, list expenses, edit them, etc) with a REST API for each one, ...
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Authorization and Authentication using multiple types of authentication in MVC

Currently I am managing a team where we're building a new SaaS application. The way it is currently structured is that we have a solution that has our business logic and data, and a solution that ...
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Is it a good practice to decouple the membership system?

Currently I'm developing a project that basically is built with ASP.NET Web API. The membership system I'm using is ASP.NET Identity. The only problem I'm seeing with this is that the membership ...
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Implicit OAuth2 endpoint vs. cookies

I currently have an app which basically runs two halves of an API - a restful API for the web app, and a synchronisation API for the native clients (all over SSL). The web app is completely ...
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Most Appropriate Authentication Type for MVC5 project

I am about to start a new ASP.NET MVC5 project and I am planning the authentication / authorization requirements at present. The client wants Windows authentication, to prevent their users having to ...
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Flexible authorization design in ASP.NET pages?

I'm developing an ASP.NET webforms application with pages which displays information based on the authorization level of the authenticated user (very typical). I will write a simple example of the ...
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How to make sure that reported issues are not caused by wrong credentials or typos of the client? [duplicate]

I have found myself a few times in the situation where a client reports an issue like 'I can no longer login to my account'. Sure enough when trying to login with the client's credentials myself ...
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Authentication with If/Else

For keeping the "Administration Panel" secure to those who are logged in, for my web application, is the best practice to use an If/Else Statement? if($_SESSION['logged_in'] == true) { include ...
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How to distribute, one virtual token to each person in this world, and make sure nobody gets more than one? [closed]

How to distribute, one virtual token to each person in this world, and make sure nobody gets more than one? In other words, how to prevent a user from creating more than one user account in a site? ...
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Can someone explain the behind-the-scenes process of connecting an app account to a Facebook account?

I am developing an app that will use the Twitter and Facebook login APIs exclusively. Suppose a new user downloads the apps and is presented with the option to log in through Facebook or Twitter. The ...
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Can one determine the creation date of an email account?

Is it possible to determine the creation date of the mail account for the address supplied within the authentication process flow; Or at least determine that the mail account was/was not created the ...
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How to handle static-ish content from a CDN with authentication?

I have a website that allows user uploads of content. Part of the design, to date, involves storing the user content on a NAS that has been configured with a separate app pool in IIS that has ...
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How to manage multiple database credentials across multiple projects

We have 10 separate projects that all access the same database. Initially, all 10 projects had database credentials hardcoded into them. I decided to move the credentials into a utility method and ...
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How to have my callbacks authenticated in a REST app?

I'm developing a REST application and I allow my clients to authenticate in several ways (typically using Authorization: Token ... as in OAuth 2.0, but also there's session-based auth option for the ...
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How do I authenticate users from facebook/twitter?

I need to build a site for a mobile app that allows users to sign in with facebook/twitter or sign up as a new user (traditional username/password). No matter which method the user chooses, they ...
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Best way to hide API key in source code

I need some ideas on how to protect a private API key in an application, specifically in a c# .NET application. Firstly, I understand that it is theoretically impossible to hide anything in the ...
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Why speaks basic http authentication always of a username

In RFC 2617 HTTP Authentication: Basic and Digest Access Authentication they speak always of username and password for the authentication. Why should I choose to take a username as identifier for a ...
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Why can't we use unique identifier as combination of email and password? [closed]

For prevent email conflicts for authentication system we can surely choose email and password combination as unique identifier. What can prevent me to built authentication system by treating unique ...
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Kerberos web authentication

I'v developed an internal singe-page web-app (unix, apache & postgresql) protected by a simple login page. Currently, the users have their own login role with a password. This is starting to get ...