OpenCT

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Not to be confused with OpenCL.

Resources

CTAPI is a German standard for PC to smartcard reader communication, which is implemented by OpenCT. The international standard is in contrast PC/SC.

Installation

Kernel

You have to enable kernel support depending on how your cardreader is connected:

  • For USB cardreader see the USB article.
  • For PC-Card cardreader see the PC-Card article.
  • For serial cardreader enable serial support.

USE flags

Portage knows the global openct USE flag for enabling support for OpenCT in other packages. Enabling this USE flag will pull in dev-libs/openct automatically:

FILE /etc/portage/make.conf
USE="openct"

Other USE flags of openct include:

USE flags for dev-libs/openct library for accessing smart card terminals

debug Add debug output to the driver library for pcsc-lite.
pcsc-lite Build a driver library for sys-apps/pcsc-lite, providing PC/SC API access to devices supported by OpenCT.

Emerge

After setting this you want to update your system so the changes take effect:

root #emerge --ask --changed-use --deep @world

Configuration

Permissions

Add your user to the openct group to be able to access the cardreader:

root #gpasswd -a larry openct

Services

OpenRC

To tart OpenCT:

root #/etc/init.d/openct start

To start OpenCT at boot time, add it the default runlevel:

root #rc-update add openct default
Note
The OpenCT daemon blocks all detected cardreaders for every other software. An exception is, if you use the ifdhandler for PCSC-Lite.

Usage

Listing readers

List all detected cardreaders:

user $openct-tool list

If there is a detected cardreader, insert a smartcard. Test the access by checking the ATR:

user $openct-tool atr
Detected CCID Compatible
Card present, status changed
ATR: 3B 75 94 00 00 62 02 02 03 01