OpenPGP card and BasicCard

Werner Koch wk at
Wed Apr 13 11:21:36 CEST 2005

On Wed, 13 Apr 2005 09:08:24 +0200, Christian Rank said:

> according to a notice at, the BasicCard manufactured
> by ZeitControl cardsystems GmbH should support the OpenPGP smartcard
> specification. Are the OpenPGP cards sold by such
> BasicCards?

The cards are build upon the Basiccard OS but they are not a freely
programmable Basiccard.  Note, that Zeitcontrol's cards with RSA
encryption are not available to end users (probably due to fear of
litigation coming from pay TV companies; those using the security by
litigation crypto algorithm).

Zeitcontrol's page is somewhat misleading, claiming "OpenPGP select



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