benjamin at pythagoras.no-ip.org
Mon Aug 29 16:38:37 CEST 2005
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Joe Smith wrote:
> There is no need to post a message to the list three times.
I didn't. I posted it to gnupg-users and -devel as I felt my enquiry
was equally suited to both lists.
> You can get aditional information, but unfortunately the information
> available is not to particularly satisfying.
Yup - that's exactly what I've discovered!
> Source code is not available. Here is a quote from an email Werner sent me:
>> No, this is not possible because the chip vendors supply chips only to
>> large card vendors due to fear of litigation through Pay TV channels.
>> They had pretty bad experience with that in recent years. Same goes
>> with the firmare supplied with the chip which is the base of the
>> (actual very small) application we did. Atmel will even stop the
>> production of the chip we are currently using due to force by Pay TV
>> lawyers (the same chip is used in many Pay TV scrambling systems; and
>> they all use security by litigation). Its all a very sad and
>> ridiculous situation.
I agree with Werner - it is a very sad and ridiculous situation!
> If you can somehow manage to get ahold of a BasicCard OS-based smartcard
> that has support for RSA, it would not be too difficult to program it.
> Most of the crypto stuff is handled by the chip, so the code needed to
> be written is mainly interface code.
I shall stop being so lazy, and shall see what can be done!
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