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Definition Edit

A software token refer to

the use of secrets stored on a computer and employed in conjunction with an authentication protocol.[1]

Overview Edit

"Software tokens are not as secure as hardware storage tokens, since the secrets used by the software are held in files in a computer on a long-term basis. At best, these secrets typically are protected by a password. Thus, any attack against the computer that compromises these files allows an attacker to retrieve the stored secrets through password-guessing attacks."[2]

References Edit

  1. Who Goes There?: Authentication Through the Lens of Privacy, at 114.
  2. Id.

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