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Hello, according to the European Law, which affects to all countries in European Union, citizens must be able to perform procedures with public administration using the Web.
In Europe, the Administration is much more important than in USA or any other non "social" (not socialist) political systems.
The most spreaded system to identity citizens available is the use of cryptographic tokens.
Another option is to use a Java Applet. This is not the best option because most users have not the computing knowledge to install properly a JRE, even when this installation is done automatically. Moreover, when users have a Java desktop application, most of times the new JRE makes that software unusable. Finally, when the JRE uses PKCS it must open a system library so there is an important security concern.
As Public Administration we should give the chance to the citizen to use the preferred browser and operating system. The problem we (Balearic Islands Government) face is that it is not possible for as to add Cryptographic Token signature capabilities to authenticate our citizens without using Java.
From our point of view the usage of Cryptographic tokens will be widely used by most of "social" (the opposite of "individualist", not "capitalist") countries.
Hope you add this enhancement so as we could allow Mac, Safari and Chrome users to our services without the usage of Java
Pau Carré Cardona
That would be great if PKCS11 support will be added for SmartCard Login. How can this be done?
Safari supports client-side SSL certificates, which are commonly used to authenticate users securely. Does this address your need? If not, could you please provide more information about the specific technology you'd like us to support? A link to documentation would help a lot.
Hi, Safari will not help for 2 reasons:
- it uses the OS native SmartCard layer (Windows CSP, Mac Token D)
- there is no port for Linux
We would need to have a Cross platform Browser with PKC11 support. Like Firefox. We are now using Firefox but the overhead of features, size and not SDKable is a short term solution.
As we are using QT and WebKit we would like to switch to this framework in order to build a secure browser with SmartCard Login support. The only missing piece is out of the box PKCS11 support in the WebKit