Accession Number:

ADA445103

Title:

CAC on a MAC: Setting up a DOD Common Access Card Reader on the Macintosh OS X Operating System

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

19.0

Abstract:

The Naval Postgraduate School, along with many other Department of Defense DoD organizations, utilizes the ActivCard USB Common Access Card CAC readers. The CAC readers in conjunction with the users Smart Card enables access to DoD PKI-enabled websites and allows the user to send signed and encrypted email utilizing the DoD Public Key Infrastructure PKI. Microsoft Windows systems utilize the ActivCard Gold middleware software to enable CAC reader functionality. This software package is well integrated and documented in the Microsoft Windows environment. Starting with Macintosh OS X 10.4.x, there was no need to install any middle-ware software as all of the support for the US Federal Smart Cards is built in. This document details how to update the ActivCard readers make them fully compliant with OS X 10.4.x and the details the steps necessary to setup the system in order to use the CAC readers under the Macintosh OS X 10.4.x operating system.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Computer Systems Management and Standards

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE