Accessing the private DOs of the smartcard

Sven Radde email at
Thu Apr 10 07:51:47 CEST 2008


Am Mittwoch, den 09.04.2008, 15:50 -0600 schrieb Allen Schultz:
> I have either a 256 or a 512 MB USB Flash drive that I am not using.
> Is there anyway I can turn that into a smartcard for GNUPG and other
> security stuff?

I was talking about the chip card, as seen here:
You cannot replicate its functionality with USB flash drives.

If you think about "just" storing your GnuPG keys on a removable medium,
that's relatively easy to do. Copy your GnuPG home directory to the
stick and configure GnuPG to use that instead of the default directory,
e.g. by giving "--homedir /path/to/usb/...".

See also:
Where the issue was discussed recently.

HTH, Sven

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