Authentication is successfully validating that an entity you are communicating with is actually who they claim to be. The entity typically demonstrates who they are by showing they possess a secret that only they could know.

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Secure way to store fixed size string of digits

I need to store a string of digits (0-9) of a fixed size in my database securely. I've already performed a rainbow table attack on a plain hash, and it broke it in a matter of seconds. One option I ...
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With Encrypt-then-MAC, and flexible protocols, do I need to authenticate the authentication?

Sorry, the question is not easy to state (or wasn't for me, anyhow). So I'm writing a very flexible format for security. It allows for full choice of cipher, key size, and so on, along with key ...
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Storing Credentials for a Third Party

(Originally posted to SOF, but I got no answers) I am designing a small application for use inside my company. My application needs to connect to a third party website on behalf of my application ...
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Can an encrypted nonce be used for authentication?

Would a scheme like the following work to allow authentication of a sender: A nonce is appended to data, and the result is encrypted. The encrypted pack is sent to the other party. The sender then ...
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implications of SSH server key compromission when authenticating users against a public key

Friday we had a disagreement with a colleague of mine about the implications of SSH server key compromission The question was stated as this : What could a hacker do while provided with the SSH ...
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Symmetric-key login protocol

I'm trying to analyze a login protocol based on symmetric key cryptography. I'm just starting out, so this may very likely be a very bad idea, but nonetheless I'd like to hear your thoughts on it. ...
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ECDH anonymous key exchange to avoid PKI

I want to use TLS to encrypt the communication between peers in a P2P network. Each peer has a well known 256bit peer identifier (the public key of a 256bit elliptic curve keypair). Both peers need ...
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Why would splitting a password output be better than separate HMACs for encryption/authentication key derivation?

In a recent question I asked here on crypto.se, an answer was given that surprised me a bit. As mentioned in the referenced question, I'm looking to derive encryption and authentication keys from ...
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Off-the-record communication

Is my protocol correct? For fun, I tried to design a protocol that would allow off-the-record communication. I'm not sure it works, I have a feeling there might be a problem with it that I'm not ...
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Is this new server API authentication protocol secure?

I need a secure protocol to authenticate client side users with my server which has an API. I am devising something more secure particularly to resist active MITM attacks where an attacker may modify ...
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Authentication of machine before installation (to stop piracy) [closed]

I have a web-software project which needs a bit of protection in form of authencitation… This web based software runs on an intranet. There is no access to the internet from these terminal machines. ...
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Verifying Self-signed SSL Client Certificates

I have a service and I want to authenticate my clients using SSL client certificates. Now I want the key exchange process to be as simple as possible, kind of like SSH: You generate a keypair and ...
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Using plain Diffe-Hellman for server authentication with known public key

Other considerations aside, is it possible to use DH with an established public key (together with fixed g, p, q) to safely authenticate a server instead of using some signing algorithm? In other ...
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Is it considered insecure in an HOTP implementation to publicly provide the next counter?

I am working on a project that needs to securely authenticating one or more smartphone clients with a server running on a microcontroller so it has very limited resources. I have found plenty of ...
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Hash or encryption function for challenge-response protocol?

Say I have an authentication protocol where the shared secret is never transmitted. The server passes a challenge to the client and the client calculates a response using an algorithm where the ...
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Does the initial exchange of random tokens in SKID3 authentication assure against replay attacks?

As the question suggests, I wanted to get a sanity-check on this issue... is it the case that the use of a random token exchange during SKID3 authentication itself constitute a prevention of a replay ...
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Challenge-response based on public-key decryption, why send public key

Quoting the handbook of applied cryptography, chapter 10.3.3 (i): Identification based on PK decryption and witness. Consider the following protocol: $A \leftarrow B: h(r), B, P_A(r,B)$ ...
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Validity of authentication scheme?

Here's an authentication scheme I had in mind that combines the simplicity of HTTP Digest Authentication and the security of real crypto primitives. I have in mind the user-level authentication, ie ...
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Integer factorization based password authentication

After looking at this security issue at DjangoProject, I started to think in a password-based authentication that places the burden of PBKDF2 (or whatever is the hashing function) on the client. So I ...
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Is this a valid real-time authentication scheme?

The scenario in Alice/Bob/Cindy terms: Alice approaches someone she doesn't know, but thinks is Bob, and asks for some secret information. Bob doesn't know and doesn't trust Alice, but Alice says she ...
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Computer appliance protocol

I build the computer appliance system that consist of software server and multiple controllers. The system I want to build must be pluggable in the sense that when I connect a controller C to the ...
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Setting protocol parameters to achieve concrete security

Background One issue with modern security proofs is that they are usually asymptotic. In other words, such proofs are usually formulated as follows: For any polynomial-time adversary $\mathcal A$, we ...
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Questions about BCrypt and PBKDF2

I would ask you some questions about users' password storage in a login system. What algorithm do you suggest me to use? bcrypt or PBKDF2? I was looking for a way to implement them client-side and ...
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What security flaw exists in MAC authentication scenario?

What security flaw exists (if any) in the solution of this non-encrypted authentication scenario? An unencrypted message passes one-way from computer A to B. Its transmission is viewable by the ...
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How does one provide a secure and authentic communication channel?

Let assume two participants Alice and Bob who perform a given protocol which is a sequence of messages exchange between them. My question is: How can I provide a secure and authentic communication ...
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AES Message Authentication Vulnerability

My securities instructor recently posed this question to the class and I am bending my brain in half trying to figure it out. Suppose $y_1 = AES(K, x_1)$ and $y_2 = AES(K,x_2)$, and suppose you ...
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How does Google's “authenticator number generator” work?

I have two-factor authentication enabled on my Google account, and I have this app on my phone which generates a number I have to type when I'm logging in to Google-Mail. But I don't understand how ...
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Chess Grandmaster Problem and “Valid” Attacks on Zero-Knowledge Proofs of Identity

A long question here, but I really want to motivate why I'm confused. Consider the following attack on the Schnorr Identification Scheme. Alice chooses a random $k$, computes $\gamma = \alpha^k ...
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Why send a challenge with CHAP?

I have been reading about the Challenge-Handshake authentication Protocol (aka CHAP). Why send a challenge to the user and ask them to hash that challenge with the symmetric key and send that hash ...
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Schnorr Identification Scheme under active adversary

According to the paper “GQ and Schnorr Identification Schemes: Proofs of Security against Impersonation under Active and Concurrent Attacks” by Mihir Bellare and Adriana Palacio, the Schnorr ...
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Self authenticating tamper resistant first meetings

I'm not sure what the precise words I am looking for are so I apologize if there is a better way to phrase this. What I am thinking of is ways to transfer an identity in a way that it is tamper ...
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standard way to authenticate parties with public keys without certificates

Is there some standard protocol for mutual authentication of two parties when there is possibility to use public key cryptography? The problem is that two parties can use public key cryptography but ...
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Is it possible to 'fake' time for TOTP? (Time-based One-time Password)

TOTP (Time-based One-Time Password) Algorithm is used in Two factor authentication. I understand the algorithm and that current time is used as a variable to generate a token. Wiki page for reference: ...
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Security assessment between $g^{a_ix_i+r_i}$ and $g^{x_i+r_i}$ [closed]

Imagine a tagging system whose security requirements imply to learn nothing from the tag about the encoded value. We consider a plaintext space $X \in \mathbb{Z}_p$ and a group $\mathbb{G}$ where ...
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Check the validity of a rsa key pair with only the public key? [duplicate]

I am currently developing a messaging application that uses rsa end to end encryption. The client generates permanent rsa keys, and sends the public key to my server for account management. As it ...
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How is the password sent across for verification?

I am familiar with Challenge-Response Authentication scheme. However I would like to know actual message content sent between client and server for 1 way authentication, over an insecure channel. ...
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Deprecation of RSA-SHA-1 in DKIM keys?

I recently noticed that OpenDKIM on my mail server is objecting to DKIM signatures from a client, saying their key is insecure. It may be that that's due to lack of secure DNS (confirmation anyone?) ...
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Verifying signature owner (without verifying the actual document)

Programming in Java. I have an RSA key-pair, a document, and a signature created with the Java Signature class, using SHA512WithRSA. In order to verify the signature, of course, I need to provide the ...
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Publicly Verifiable Authenticator

I am working on a Block Storage system, where I have the need to encrypt and authenticate blocks by a client, but also want the server to be able to detect bit corruption while minimizing the work ...
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DH key exchange with only one end authenticated

We know there is a man in the middle vulnerability with unauthenticated DH key establishment. And the way to negate that is to use authenticate the keys used. But what if I only verify the signature ...
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What is the best way to share a shared secret key over HTTPS to be used for HMAC authentication?

I am writing an application in Java that will be using SHA-1 HMAC message authentication. From what I understand, a connection over HTTPS is considered secure enough to share a secret key in plain ...
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Digital Signature using symmetric key cryptography

Generally digital signature is a public key cryptography concept.But it needs high overhead. So is there any publication or link available where 'digital signature using symmetric key' has been ...
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OTP sequence uniqueness

Is it possible to use Time-based One Time Password (TOTP) algorithms to generate tokens from multiple channels (where a channel is defined as a "user" using a certain shared key $K_c$ for channel ...
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Why does the server in S/KEY authentication only store a single password?

I've been reading about the S/KEY One-Time Password system on wikipedia here and was wondering why the server only stores a single password and not the list of one-time passwords like the client does. ...
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Attacker in a key exchange

I'm having trouble with the following question: $X(A) \rightarrow B:(A,N_X)$ $B \rightarrow X(S):(B,((A,N_X,T_B),K_{BS}),N_B)$ $X(A) \rightarrow B:(((A,N_X,T_B),K_{BS}),(N_B,N_X))$ ...
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Pros and cons between HOTP and TOTP [duplicate]

I'm reading the RFC6238 (TOTP) and RFC4226 (HOTP) standards and can't get which one is to prefer? I've searched around a bit and it seems like TOTP is the one that is most used, but some argue that ...
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Mutual authentication with Public Key and session Key

I am trying to understand two protocols for mutual authentication and if they are secure or not. $K$ is the session key, and it's calculated $k=H(TimeStamp)$. Are the following both cases secure? ...
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Performance analysis of roaming authentication protocol using pbc library

Recently, I have surveyed a few research papers related to roaming authentication protocol for wireless networks. For example: “Efficient Privacy-Preserving Authentication in Wireless Mobile Networks” ...
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Smart card Strong authentication / Verification ( fingerprints)

I'm trying to make a strong authentication software and embedded software in a java card. I have found many papers and publications about the subject… too much information to process and I'm working ...
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Reliability of a single-pass deniable authentication protocol?

I look for one-pass deniable authentication protocol with a short message payload for my project and find a solution: ...