[SmartcardServices-Users] pcscd failing on osx 10.6.2?

Shawn A. Geddis geddis at apple.com
Sun Jan 3 22:27:40 PST 2010

On Dec 7, 2009, at 5:38 PM, Fabrizio Rizzo wrote:
> When I plug in my ActivIdentity smartcard reader, I see the following error in the console:
> 12/7/09 2:35:45 PM    com.apple.securityd[25]    /SourceCache/SmartcardCCID/SmartcardCCID-35253/ccid/ccid/src/ccid_usb.c:746:ccid_check_firmware() Firmware (2.02) is bogus! Upgrade the reader firmware or get a new reader.
> This very likely explains why I my CAC certs are not showing up in the keychain.
> Can anyone confirm functionality with an ActivIdentity USB 2.0 Smartcard Reader  (P/N: ZFG-9800GAE) on Mac OS X 10.6.2?
> Will this reader work, and if so, what is the correct version of firmware?
> Thanks,
> -- 
> --
> Fabrizio


The ActivIdentity USB v2.0 Smart Card Reader with its current Firmware version (v2.02) is indeed your issue.  That physical reader is actually an SCM SCR331 reader and you need to flash it with SCM Microsystems Firmware Update v5.25 and it will work just fine then.

Go to:	http://www.scmmicro.com/support/pc-security-support/downloads.html

Select the following:

Smartcard reader:	SCR331/SCR531 CCID USB
Operating System:	<Your version of Windows>      (ie. WIndows XP 32-bit)

Select the Firmware to download and update your reader.

Note: SCM requires you use Windows to update the firmware, since the Updater only runs under Windows and not Mac OS X.

Shawn Geddis				  			   geddis at mac.com
Apple, Security Consulting Engineer

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