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Smartcard login for webpage?

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I have a simple intranet management system that I need to make the login via a smartcard access. I've looked around and am having a hard time finding some open source api's or toolkits to develop a process to read a smartcard and authenticate access via a browser. I'm not familiar with Java but from what I have read this looks like the best method for allowing the browser to access the smartcard reader is to push down an applet that installs and gives access to the browser(page).

I'm looking for some sample source code that will allow me to create this within our intranet. The functionality I'm looking for would have the user access a login webpage which would push down the applet and authenticate access to the pages as long as the authenticated smartcard is inserted.
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by:CEHJ
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Yes, a signed applet could do that in theory. How it did it would depend on the particular device and its interface
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by:Dalexan
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I'm planning on using the most widely accepted hardware omnikey

like these from eBay omnikey card stuff

I have found this page but I'm not sure whether this is just the reader component or what eID applet

LightOpenID
eID Library
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Difficult to see what the application level interface of the hardware would be. Quite often, a card reader behaves like a keyboard
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by:Dalexan
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Please explain in more detail. I'm a experienced vb6 programmer and just getting my feet wet in scripting languages. Java seems very foreign to me much less how I would use it to accomplish what I'm trying to do.
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by:CEHJ
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At the moment, this is far from a Java issue. In fact there's no indication that Java is relevant at all.
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by:Dalexan
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I'm confused by your answer, most of what I have read supports your first post in that a signed java applet is the way to go with this project?

This company has developed a smartcard login page that pushes down an applet which reads the springcard branded smartcard...springcard

Please also explain more on what you mean by the smartcard reader behaves like a keyboard?
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by:CEHJ
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The information at the hardware site is rather generic. They are really the people to ask when it comes to whether their cards work with Java

Please also explain more on what you mean by the smartcard reader behaves like a keyboard?
I mean that reading the card causes characters to be generated, as if a keyboard had been used. These are then often collected from a text field
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by:Dalexan
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Can you help me understand how I can create an applet from this code that will allow me to accomplish my goal? sample smartcard source
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You just really need to convert all that console-oriented input collection (inappropriate in an applet) into a gui-centred one. The entry point for an applet is of course init() not main, so you need to use init instead of main
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by:Dalexan
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Can you help me by making the changes to that code / removing the console oriented input collection and post the source? Java looks like C but it would take me weeks to figure out whats happening in that source.
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by:CEHJ
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I don't have the time unfortunately for such activity outside of professional activity. Feel free to contact me through my profile if you wish to take it further though.
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:)
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