Update: Fellowship crypto card with PCMCIA and for SSH logins

After figuring out how to use the Fellowship crypto card with a PCMCIA reader and then setting up SSH authentication with the card, I had a lot of fun with my card at the United Nations and elsewhere. And so did many other Fellows, it seems.

Andrea Borgia figured out simpler udev rules for his USB SmartCard reader, which I could not yet play with, but I still wanted to share with you for your own experiments:

    -cut- ACTION=="add", SUBSYSTEM=="usb_device", SYSFS{idVendor}=="04e6", SYSFS{idProduct}=="e003", GROUP="scard", MODE="0660" ACTION=="add", SUBSYSTEM=="usb_device", SYSFS{idVendor}=="04e6", SYSFS{idProduct}=="5115", GROUP="scard", MODE="0660" -cut- 


Jan Niehusmann caught a bit of debugging code that I accidentally left in the udev script for the PCMCIA smart card reader setup, which might be exploited for symlink attacks — so I updated the package.

And finally Werner Koch, FSFE’s crypto god in residence, fixed a few bugs in GnuPG and stabilised the PCMCIA support, so I created a couple of new packages and put them online:


From the things I have seen so far, there is a lot more coming, too. So keep your eyes open and encourage others to experient with the Fellowship card, as well.

About Georg Greve

Georg Greve is a technologist and entrepreneur. Background as a software developer and physicist. Head of product development and Chairman at Vereign AG. Founding president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). Previously president and CEO at Kolab Systems AG, a Swiss Open Source ISV. In 2009 Georg was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon by the Federal Republic of Germany for his contributions to Open Source and Open Standards.
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