smartcard reader

Stephan Beck stebe at
Wed Oct 19 10:17:00 CEST 2016


NIIBE Yutaka:
> On 10/19/2016 12:40 AM, Stephan Beck wrote:
>>> FSIJ Gnuk Token
>>> USB ID: 234b:0000
> Ah...  This is not a card reader.  It is the project of Free Software
> Initiative of Japan (FSIJ) since 2010.  FSIJ acquired USB vendor ID,
> specifically for this project.  Please visit:

Went there and bookmarked it. I even went to and gave it a thorough read.
It's a clear, concise and well-structured doc.
> Card reader products are more complex than the hardware requirement of
> Gnuk.  If you like KISS philosophy, you might prefer Gnuk Token.

The next one I'll try out will be the gnuk token.
>> you can order gnuk token at/from
> It is sold as an evaluation board.  It happened to have Gnuk 1.0.1
> installed.   It is an implementation of reader+card.

I haven't found any information on whether gnuk token (as an
implementation of reader and card) accepts the exchange of the
integrated card (for another one)? That was one of the main reasons for
the Nitrokey Storage (based on Atmel
AT32UC3A3256S) now (in theory) permitting the exchange of the integrated
card, people like FSFE members, for instance, could not use Nitrokey Pro
as they have their own card.

> This has TRNG implementation (NeuG 1.0.4), instead.  The source of
> noise is not that exotic, though.  You can replace the firmware to
> Gnuk by yourself.  The upgrade process doesn't require JTAG/SWD
> debugger, but having JTAG/SWD debugger is highly recommended to
> control your computing (or just in case when failure of upgrade).
> Hardware is same (sans cover).  The support page is here:
> I tried to sell the hardware widely as possible with help by Seeed and
> FSF, but my capability is limited.  Selling hardware product means
> we need to follow regulations.  That's difficult for me.
> For Europe, I heard that Nitrokey Start runs Gnuk 1.0.4.  Availability
> of this product is better, I suppose.

Yes, I also read that they use Gnuk.
> I think that Nitrokey Start and Nitrokey Pro is based on the hardware
> design of mine (although I was not involved).  I got a report to Gnuk
> Mailing list about firmware upgrade of Gnuk doesn't work well on
> Nitrokey Start.  If someone can investigate the cause and possibly fix
> an issue, it will be great.
> I gave a talk of Gnuk at
> There is a link to my slides.

Thanks, I read the report on, I'll take a look at the slides.
Thanks again for this very valuable first-hand information.

Cheers (cup of coffee!)


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