[Help-gnutls] Gnutls Smartcard support?

Daniel Kahn Gillmor dkg at fifthhorseman.net
Thu Mar 5 17:14:07 CET 2009

On 03/05/2009 11:01 AM, Jonathan Manktelow wrote:
> Hi, Is there any support for using certificates on smartcards with Gnutls?

No, there does not appear to be.  I think it could be very useful to
support private keys from smartcards in GnuTLS, but it would perhaps be
even more useful to have generic out-of-process private key handling
(like ssh-agent from OpenSSH does) so that developers could implement a
smartcard-capable private key backend directly as a plugin.

This is a counterpoint to the idea of an external certificate validation
agent, which was at one point fleshed out here:


but that page seems to currently give a 404 error (Simon, the whole
redmine instance seems to be gone -- is this something you already know

Jonathan, do you have a specific smartcard that you would like to support?


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