Do smartcards stay unlocked forever by design?

Werner Koch wk at
Wed Jan 19 19:32:38 CET 2011

On Tue, 18 Jan 2011 17:21, marco+gnupg at said:

> for me whenever the smartcard hasn't been used for some time. I do this
> to reduce the chance that someone can use the unlocked card while I'm
> away or when I forget to pull the card.

That does only help if you have a pinpad equipped reader.  If someone is
able to use your system he will also be able to log your keystrokes - he
can't do that for the pinpad, though.



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