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Questions tagged [hotp]

The HMAC-based one-time password algorithm defined in RFC 4226.

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Split TOTP/HOTP secret and generate pin without trusted dealer

Many site use time-based one time password (totp) as second factor auth method, such as aws. So we can split the totp secret and distribute each part to different party to achieve threshold login ( ...
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Is reverse engineering SHA256-HMAC function possible? [duplicate]

Assume HMAC function is used to generate a 6-digt integers time-based onetime password. As follows: $$K_h =\operatorname{HMAC}(k,t) = H((k\oplus\text{opad})\mathbin\| H((k\oplus\text{ipad})\mathbin\|...
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Can One-time-password be used as nonce in HMAC to prevent replay?

Note: In the following post OTP = one-time-password I am working on a project wherein I need send one way messages between two end points. There is already a shared secret via a side channel between ...
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Security concern with TOTP

I am pretty new to cryptography and I have been studying up on TOTP (Time Based OTP) and while I have learnt how the computation works, I'm unable to figure out why using TOTP makes a system more ...
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Recommended way to Implement One Time Password?

I need help with the process/commands needed to implement the below functionality: I'm modeling an OTP System, in which the user would request an OTP and the app will send him one. Later the user ...
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Is key derivation of a token shared secret necessary for usage of token in TOTP as specified by RF6238?

TL;DR: Is it necessary to generate a 'random' key from a shared token secret string before putting it into a TOTP algorithm that follows the RFC 6238 specification? Or is it okay for me to put the ...
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Need help to get correct TOTP [closed]

I am really confused and need help on this problem related to TOTP as specified in RFC6238 here: https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6238#section-1.2. So I am now given a task to implement the RFC6238 to ...
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Key Generation for TOTP in TLS

So lately I've been studying the TLS Protocol. In particular, going through RFC 2246, section 7.4.7.1, i.e, RSA Encrypted Premaster Secret Message, I encountered: If RSA is being used for key ...
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One Time Password generation algorithm to ensure data/transaction integrity?

Here is my use case: A user is trying to transfer money to his friend's account. He enters transaction details on banking website. Bank receives it and then Bank sends transaction details (receiver ...
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(How) Can we use HOTP for file encryption?

I recently went through the list of available KeePass plug-ins and noticed one that advertises support for HOTP as a means to derive the database key. Now I trust the developer of this plug-in who is ...
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Is it wise to use HOTP (raw bytes) as a key for HMAC?

Assume I have client and server applications with a shared master secret KEY_SECRET already in place. Also assume that the client and server have an implicit shared ...
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Is it secure to use TOTP with same key and different time-counters?

If I use TOTP to generate codes with different "expiration" time, using the same key for HMAC, will I create some kind of weakness?
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How does the HOTP dynamic truncation function generalize to longer hashes?

HOTP, the HMAC-based One-Time Password algorithm from RFC 4226, uses a "dynamic truncation" function to turn the 20 byte HMAC-SHA-1 value into a 31 bit string. The dynamic truncation (from Section 5.3)...
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Security issues for integrating AAA and OTP services [closed]

What are the main security issues for integrating AAA and OTP services. In our organization with about 1000 clients, we want to integrate the services. What are the main security issues about the ...
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Detect desynchronization in HOTP authentication [duplicate]

In HOTP authentication, is there a way for a system to detect that the token has been desynchronized? If so how does it know that the OTP was generated from a desynchronized (but valid) token and is ...
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counter to indicate hotp count

I was trying to figure out how HOTP kept from wrapping over, when I saw this explanation of how it works, by Thomas Pornin [source]: The intended scenario is the following: the client has a ...
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Using HMAC-SHA256 with short passwords and sliced outputs for short-lived secure hashing

I don't have much background in cryptography, so forgive me if I'm using the wrong mathematical terms to explain my needs. Following this question, I learned that taking a random secret 16-bytes <...
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Why are HOTP and TOTP implementations all using 6 digits and not more?

I was checking the RFC's after wondering for some time. In RFC 4226 - HOTP: An HMAC-Based One-Time Password Algorithm, it states on the appendix: A simple enhancement in terms of security would be ...
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How HOTP values are validated according to RFC 4226

In Section 7.2 "Validation of HOTP Values" of the HOTP spec (RFC 4226) it says, in part, The HOTP client (hardware or software token) increments its counter and then calculates the next HOTP ...
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How does SafeNet MobilePASS generate passwords?

We use MobilePASS at work but the latest version of the android client seems to be buggy so I wanted to have a go at implementing the algorithm myself. You can download the client to play with here: ...
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Why does HOTP use such a complex truncate function?

In the HOTP protocol after calculating a 20 byte hash it is truncated to 4 bytes. For this first an offset is calculated (low-order 4 bits of the last byte) which determines the four bytes to be ...
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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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What are the advantages of TOTP over HOTP?

HMAC-based One Time Password (HOTP) was published as an informational IETF RFC 4226 in December 2005. In May, 2011, Time-based One-time Password Algorithm (TOTP) officially became RFC 6238. What ...
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synchronization of counters in HOTP

How is synchronization of counter values achieved in the HOTP protocol? As I understand it, the server increments its counter value only if a match (of the OTP value) is found. What happens at ...
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How is de-synchronisation of HOTP solved?

From RFC 4226 I understand how HOTP generates one-time passwords by incrementing a counter and uses the 'look-ahead' window to try to resynchronise (from this counter), if the user tries a few wrong ...
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How does HOTP keep in sync?

My understanding of HOTP is that each password is unique and based on a counter. $$PASSWORD = HOTP_1(K,C)$$ Where $C$ is an incremental counter. What I wish to know, is how you keep the client ...