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Hi,
I have smart card and a reader with me. First of all i want to gets details about the smart card. What protocol it is using,os etc.. and then data from it, possibly all.
Please guide me through.
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by:Paranormastic
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Do you have any details you can give us about the card and the reader?  If you look around the card, it may say in smaller letters around the edge on the front or back for who made it.  Does it have a chip you can see (contact card) or not (wireless card).

The card reader you could take a picture and upload it and I would have a decent shot at being able to tell you who made it and the model.  A couple of the bigger reader manufacturers are:
Omnikey: http://www.omnikey.com/index.php?id=products
Gemalto (formerly gemplus and exalto): http://support.gemalto.com/index.php?id=37
If it has a biometric reader on it, it is probably Precise Biometrics

Good general smartcard reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_card

The reader should have a brand name on it, including model number.  If you plug it into XP or newer there is a decent chance it will at least be recognized by vender, if not by model number.  The newer the OS the better the result will likely to be.  You may still need to update the driver for it to work.

The OS of the card is likely to be proprietary.

The chip should be ISO 7816 compliant.

Most smartcards are T=0 for the protocol.  The only one that I know of that is T=1 was made by Datakey, now owned by SafeNet.

You will probably need the middleware from the vendor to do anything with the card, if you're lucky it might talk to Windows natively, but don't count on it.
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by:Maverick_Cool
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1. its a contact card.
2. Card reader : ACR38
I have no other information.

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Here you go for the reader - PC/SC drivers and manuals:
http://www.acs.com.hk/drivers-manual.php?driver=ACR38

Without more info, it would be difficult to tell who the card manufacturer is.  Like I mentioned before, usually it will say in small letters along the edge on the back, or sometimes the front, of the card.
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What OS are you using?
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Fine, guide me through, i will check for the information.
"What OS are you using?"
Are asking about my computer  O.S or the smart card one?
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Your computer OS, yes.  Mainly so I can look for the appropriate tools to get further.  Unless I specify card OS, assume I am talking about the client OS (windows, linux, etc).  It is rare you need to know what the card's OS is, just what middleware needs to be installed to talk to it.

You can pull up this page for some utilities that can work with the reader.  If you have a windows non-server computer you can try loading "ACS Analyze ATR Program" and post the results back so I can get the ATR (Answer To Reset - this is the unique value for the card make/model that identifies it to the client OS).  When it is running you insert the card, the card will send its ATR to the computer, and the reader will capture that value to a log file and/or display it on the screen.
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I have windows 2003 server standard
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I could not find ACS Analyze ATR Program.
My Os in windows 2003 server

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Sorry, forgot to include the link for the ATR utility:
http://www.acs.com.hk/card-utility-tools.php

They don't have 2003 as a supported OS - can try it, but may need to try on a workstation.
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so after getting the ATR, whats next.
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Post the ATR here and I will try to hunt it down for you to determine the make/model of the card.
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Ok give me some time... i will do it. its not running on my os, i have search some other comp.
do u have some mail id.
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No rush.

It would be better if you could post it unless there is some reason to not do so.  The ATR of the card is a public value - it identifies the model of card not the specific card or any information pertaining to the personal contents of the card (i.e. it doesn't give out your private key, PIN, or anything like that).

EE frowns on personal emails unless there is some kind of privacy/sensitivity issue about the topic so that all the experts have a chance to jump in and help you out whereever they are able.
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thanks 4 help
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