USB vs Smart Card?
joerg at schmitz-linneweber.de
Fri Dec 29 13:29:10 CET 2006
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Moritz Schulte schrieb:
>> Can I use a USB instead of a Smart Card?
> Without further context this question does not make too much sense. USB
> sticks (i guess that is what you mean) are completely different from
> smartcards when it comes to security solutions.
Perhaps the OP meant some USB crypto token... (eg. "Aladin eToken Pro")
There are such crypto tokens but most of them use something X.509
compatible (certificate based, PKCS#11).
If I remember correctly there exists a very small USB smartcard reader
which can be "paired" with a small form factor smartcard (like the "GSM"
ones) into one enclosure. If you take a cutter and reduce the size of a
OpenPGP card to the mentioned size and find this particular reader *and*
this reader is supported by Gnupg... then you're done! :-)
gpg/pgp key # 0xd7fa4512
fingerprint 4e89 6967 9cb2 f548 a806 7e8b fcf4 2053 d7fa 4512
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