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RE: [Xen-users] PKCS#11 passthrough for Smartcards


-----Original Message-----
From: Joseph Glanville [mailto:joseph.glanville@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: woensdag 11 mei 2011 18:01
To: Witvliet, J, CDC/IVENT/OPS/I&S/HIN
Cc: xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; hwit@xxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [Xen-users] PKCS#11 passthrough for Smartcards


As far as I am aware this isn't supported - it would require a paravirtualised 
backend to be possible. I think I have seen you request it a few times and 
noone is yet to reply. You could try the xen-devel list to see if anyone has 
been working on one but once again, I doubt it.
Have you had any luck with KVM or the other hypervisors? This seems like a much 
more "desktop" feature so you might be better off looking at a less server 
consolidation oriented hypervisor if that makes sense.


On 11 May 2011 23:34,  <J.Witvliet@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Someone mentioned today to me, that the "competing virtualisation product"
> is capable of doing PKCS-forwarding towards a virtual client.
> So, my question here, does XEN supports PKCS-passthrough?
> As i also need my smartcard locally (on the hypervisor), i can not use 
> neither pci nor usb-forwarding....
> Hans

Hi Joseph,

It's strange that in a world that is "conceived as" more insecure, devices like 
tokens and smartcard are not becoming mainstream.
RedHat can currently do virtualisation af an (USA) CAC-card for their KVM.
And it looks like a business-case is being made to alter their code to support 
generic smartcards.
As a longterm SuSE/XEN user, it is something i'm not all to pleased about.

Bit in generally, from the response, it looks like nobody is interested in it 
at all.

Actually, i'm beginning to contemplate in another direction: the possibility 
for accessing via the opensc-libs a reader&smartcard on a remote node in 
general, not just between a virtualmachine hoster/clients.
If i can pull it off, it would not only be usable for any virtuaization 
technique, but also for any remote desktops, like vnc, nomachine, etc etc.

But i just want to be shure that this isn't done yet, or just to be released: 
time is precious.....


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