[Tokend-Dev] PKCS#11 Tokend module?

Ludovic Rousseau ludovic.rousseau at gmail.com
Thu Feb 4 05:16:13 PST 2010

2010/2/3 Cristian Thiago Moecke <contato at cristiantm.com.br>:
> Hello all!


> My name is Cristian, and I'm a Brazilian graduate student, researching PKI
> themes. I've just bought me a Macbook Pro, and I was looking for a way to
> make my epass2k token work on Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). But "PRONOVA"
> don't provide a tokend module. They provide a PKCS#11 module only for Mac.
> So I can use firefox and thunderbird, but not safari, chrome, java, mail and
> everithing else I would like to use with it.
> I must say I've got a bit disappointed on the lack of support for PKCS#11 on
> Mac OS X Keychain. I've read that Apple don't want it because of the need to
> point to dynlibs... I can understand, but I would be happy even if the
> option was available by editing some config file or running terminal
> commands. But ok, stop complaining, I'm on mac for 3 weeks now and this is
> my first and only complaint until now, that is good.
> Since I'm a programmer, since I've come from the Linux world and since I've
> got some friends here that also are programmers, also use mac, also would
> like to use PKCS#11 modules on theis Mac Keychain, and also would enjoy
> giving a solution for this, I'm interested on try to develop a Tokend module
> that works as an interface to user provided PKCS#11 dynlibs. I would like to
> know:
>  -  if you have heard about someone already trying/doing this (I've found
> this slides:
> http://middleware.internet2.edu/pki06/proceedings/dinapoli-pkcs11-mac.pdf,
> from 2006... I'm trying to contact the author. But found nothing else).

I don't think this tokend is maintained any more.

>  - if there is already a documentation to people like me, that want to
> develop his first Tokend module. On the website I've found only user
> documentation, not developer documentation.

You should have a look at [1]. It is a tokend above a PKCS#11 lib. It
should be what you are looking for.


[1] http://smartcardservices.macosforge.org/trac/browser/trunk/Tokend/PKCS11

 Dr. Ludovic Rousseau

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