[strongSwan] charon IKEv2 usb smartcard dongle integration

Dimitrios Siganos dimitris at siganos.org
Fri Apr 9 15:55:13 CEST 2010

These are comments I received about the topic on a different thread.

François Pérou wrote:
> On Fri, 2010-04-09 at 00:51 +0100, Dimitrios Siganos wrote:
>> "charon IKEv2 usb smartcard dongle integration"
>> <http://www.mail-archive.com/users@lists.strongswan.org/msg01798.html> 
> To answer part of your question, you will need :
> * OpenSC, pcsc-light and OpenCT. I don't recommend using OpenCT, as it
> targeted to non-standard readers. For long time project, I would not
> choose non-standard readers.
> * Use a PCSC CCID reader, either in full format or mini-sim (stick). I
> will soon offer mini-sim sticks if you are interested. The advantage of
> CCID compliant readers is that they are fully supported by OpenSC and
> any system (Win32, MacOSX, GNU/Linux) without additional driver.
> * Java cards are not well supported by OpenSC. Use a traditional pkcs15
> crypto card, like the one we sell, with support for each system (Win32,
> MacOSX, GNU/Linux) . It is cheaper and compliant. If Java cards worked,
> I would sell some of them. If I don't, it is because you get into too
> many problems: initialization, erase, etc ... Everything becomes a
> nightmare.
> * I recommend to start with our tutorials, which will give you a picture
> of what can be done: http://www.gooze.eu/tutorials 

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