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10.3: See some of the hidden Access Card features
Authored by: sierratarn on Nov 12, '03 11:48:34AM
Apple has a PDF Document that tells much more about configuring and using the CAC services in OS X 10.2.3 and later.

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10.3: See some of the hidden Access Card features
Authored by: msk on Nov 13, '03 09:47:56AM

Unfortunately the only things that work are logging in and changing system preferences (screen saver also I assume). The PDF file details how to use Mozilla with the certficate on the Common Access Card but unfortunately it does not work, at least in my configuration of Mac OS X 10.3.1 and Mozzila 1.5 (Netscape 7.1 has the same problem). Basically there is a step where you select the pkcs11.shlb file and it fails (page 8).

The idea is for signing email that having a software certificate only means the email was sent from your computer, not that you neccessarily sent the email. Panther's filevault increases software certifcate security but not everyone is ready to use that. With PGP you could keep your keys on a floppy in the old days and now you probably could keep the keys and the programs on a USB module.

These smartcards would be really useful for University computer labs where username/password pairs are pretty risky but requiring a physical card and it's PIN number would make sure the user is really the user.



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