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The WiKID Blog, musings on two-factor authentication, information security and some other stuff.

Authentication as a Service - mixed incentives

In the past, we've commented on the 'Vendor-in-the-middle' issues in the past, in particular we've pointed out this weakness when using SMS as a one-time passcode delivery mechanism.  As always, such reliance may be ok based on your risk tolerance.  Another example of this risk occurred to me today when someone on twitter mentioned pointed to this Wordpress plugin that add two-factor authentication to Wordpress using Google's authenticator.   There is also one for SSH via a PAM module.  

More on Wordpress Security

Two recent blog posts by Ethicalhack3r discuss authentication attacks against Wordpress sites.  The first post discusses  two vulnerabilities in Wordpress including one vulnerability from 2009.  Both leak username information.  As a follow up, Ethicalhack3r released a video (no code) of a brute-force attack tool he wrote over a weekend. 

PCI on clound security & two-factor authentication

The PCI Council released guidance for virtual environments and cloud computing.  Of course, our interest is in two-factor authentication:

Downloads fixed

And thanks for the tip, mystery #wikid visitor. 

ViTM - The Vendor in the Middle

Enterprise security architects are traditionally very wary of systems that rely on 3rd parties for access, uptime or security. Ironically, many of these same architects deployed RSA SecurID systems not considering (or heavily discounting) the fact that RSA kept copies of the seeds for licensing purposes.

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