Using a flash drive instead of a smart card.

Discussion in 'Server Security' started by Andrew, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. Andrew

    Andrew Guest

    Is there a way to use a flash drive in place of a smart card for a logon
    requirement?
    Andrew, Apr 28, 2008
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  2. Anthony [MVP], Apr 28, 2008
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  3. Remember that a smartcard is a container for an X.509 digital certificate.
    It's the identity claim in the certificate, and the associated private key
    stored on the smart card, that are used for authentication.

    I don't know of any products that store X.509 certificates on USB drives.
    Perhaps http://www.gemalto.com/products/usb_shell_token_v2/ would work for
    you, though.

    --
    Steve Riley

    http://blogs.technet.com/steriley
    http://www.protectyourwindowsnetwork.com



    "Andrew" <> wrote in message
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    > Is there a way to use a flash drive in place of a smart card for a logon
    > requirement?
    Steve Riley [MSFT], Apr 30, 2008
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  4. Andrew

    S. Pidgorny Guest

    But you cannot use external storage of certificates other that smart cards.

    That makes sense, considering the main objective of using smart card is
    portection of the private key. And you can copy anything from a
    general-purpose device and file system, defeating the purpose of smart card
    logon - binding logon credential to single physical device.

    --
    Svyatoslav Pidgorny, MS MVP - Security, MCSE
    -= F1 is the key =-

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    "Anthony [MVP]" <> wrote in message
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    > You can use a USB drive that also contains the chip required for smart
    > card logon, for example this one:
    > http://www.gemalto.com/enterprise/SEG.html
    > Anthony,
    > http://www.airdesk.co.uk
    >
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    >
    >
    > "Andrew" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> Is there a way to use a flash drive in place of a smart card for a logon
    >> requirement?

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    S. Pidgorny, May 10, 2008
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