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Friday, April 23, 2010
Free software Tokend above PKCS#11 (for Mac OS X)
Gemalto released the source code of its tokend.
A tokend is a plugin for Mac OS X that links between the CDSA higher layer and a smart card or other cryptographic device. See
Smart Card Services
The goal of this tokend is to be able to use any PKCS#11 library in CDSA and then with native Apple Applications (Mail, Safari, Key Chain, File Vault, etc.)
This tokend will try every PKCS#11 library present in the
and try to use them. You do not have to configure a specific PKCS#11 library to use.
The source code is hosted by Apple in the
serveur. Direct access is at
You can also find instructions to (re)build the Tokend project at
The code is licensed under
Apple Public Source License Version 2.0
as the other tokend provided by Apple.
A compiled version can be found in the package installer provided by Gemalto at
. Download the ".NET PKCS#11 libraries for Mac OS X" file. The tokend is then installed as
Long term plan
The idea is to have this tokend provided by Apple in the next
operating system (Mac OS X 10.7). And I have no idea when that will happen. But I will let you know :-)
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