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APPLE MACINTOSH CAC ENABLER (aka MIDDLEWARE) PAGE

 

CAC Enabling Programs

 

Follow Tables 1 through 4 below: 

 

PLEASE READ the preliminary notes before you start:

 

Preliminary NOTE1:  Restart your computer after installing the CAC enabler before trying to access the CAC enabled site

 

Preliminary NOTE2:  Installing multiple enabling programs will cause your system to NOT work.  Here's how to uninstall CAC enablers

 

Preliminary NOTE3:  Some of the CAC enablers below will ask for a "keychain password," it is asking for your CAC PIN.  Make sure if it asks for your Keychain password after you select your CAC certificate, that you use your CAC [6-8 digit / all number] PIN

 

If you block your CAC, you'll have to visit an ID card office to get it unblocked.  Unfortunately, only one of the programs below has the capability to show you when your CAC is blocked.

 

Table 1:  See which CAC enabling program will work with your version of OS X

 

Once you've decided, go to Table 2

Compatible with: JAXs
Automated
Package
PKard CACKey Centrify
Express
for Mac
Smart
Card
SmartCard
Services
Manual
Install of
files
Charismathics
Smart
Security
Interface
(CSSI)
Lightweight
Portable
Security
(LPS)
Yosemite
(10.10.x)
Question mark Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Question mark Question mark Green checkmark
Mavericks (10.9.x) Red X  Green checkmark   Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Red X  Green checkmark Green checkmark 
Mountain Lion (10.8.x) Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark
Lion (10.7.x) Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark
Snow Leopard (10.6.x) Red X Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Red X Green checkmark Green checkmark
Leopard (10.5.x) Red X Green checkmark Green checkmark Red X Red X Red X Red X Green checkmark Note1

Note1:  Computer must have an Intel processor, will not work with a PPC processor

 

 

Table 2:  Verify the CAC enabling program you selected above will work with your specific CAC.

Click here if you are unsure which CAC you have.

 

Once you've verified it will work, go to Table 3.

Compatible with: JAXs
Automated
Package
PKard CACkey Centrify
Express
for Mac
Smart
Card
SmartCard
Services
Manual
Install of
files
Charismathics
Smart
Security
Interface
(CSSI)
Lightweight
Portable
Security
(LPS)
GEMALTO TOP DL GX4 144 CAC Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmarkNote2 Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark
GEMALTO DL GX4-A 144 CAC   Green checkmark Green checkmark   Green checkmark Green checkmark   Green checkmarkNote2 Green checkmark  Green checkmark  Green checkmark 
Oberthur ID One 128 v5.5 Dual CAC Red X Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Red X Red X Green checkmark Green checkmark
G&D FIPS 201 SCE 3.2 CAC Red X Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmarkNote2 Red X Question markNote1 Question markNote1

Note1:  I haven't tested the "G&D FIPS 201 SCE 3.2" CAC yet with these enablers.  If you have one and have tested with the question marked enablers above, please contact me 

Note2: SmartCard Service update for OS X 10.9.x will ONLY work with the Gemalto TOPDLGX4 144 & G&D FIPS 201 SCE 3.2 CACs.  Oberthur 5.5 & Gemalto GX4-A 144 users will need to utilize a different CAC enabler.

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Table 3:  Now verify the CAC enabling program you selected in steps 1 and 2 is:

 a. Compatible with Firefox (if you plan to use this web browser)

b. Will read your PIV cert (for Dual Persona users), or

c. You want support from the vendor.

 

Once you've decided, go to Table 4 and select the link to the CAC enabler you decided you want to use.

Compatible with: JAXs
Automated
Package
PKard CACkey Centrify
Express
for Mac
Smart
Card
SmartCard
Services
Manual
Install of
files
Charismathics
Smart
Security
Interface
(CSSI)
Lightweight
Portable
Security
(LPS)
Firefox web browser Red X Red X Green checkmark Green checkmarkNote3 Red X Red X Green checkmarkNote Green checkmark
Reads PIV certificate (Dual Persona Personnel) Question mark Green checkmarkNote1 Green checkmarkNote1 Green checkmarkNote2 Question mark Question mark Question mark Question mark
Can show you if your CAC is blocked Question mark Green checkmark Red X Question mark Question mark Question mark Question mark Question mark
Vendor provides support Red X Green checkmarkhelp Red X Green checkmarkhelp Red X Red X Green checkmarkhelp Red X

Note1:  PIV cert has to already be activated.

Note2:  Will read without having to activate PIV cert

Note3:  Will work with the paid version of Centrify User Suite

 

 

Table 4:  Click link below for the CAC enabler you decided you want to use based on tables 1-3 above.

CAC Enabler
JAX's Automated Package
PKard from Thursby
CACKey
Centrify Express for Mac Smart Card
SmartCard Services
Manual Install of files
Charismathics Smart Security Interface (CSSI)
sold only by: SCB Solutions & TX Systems
Lightweight Portable Security (LPS)

 

Specifics for the following versions of Mac OS X can be found at these links:

 

Yosemite Yosemite image (10.10) users, utilize the Yosemite support page

Mavericks Mavericks logo (10.9.x) users, utilize the Mavericks support page

Mountain Lion  Apple Mountain Lion logo(10.8.x) users, utilize the Mountain Lion support page

Lion Apple Lion logo (10.7.x) users, utilize the Lion support page

Snow Leopard Apple Snow Leopard logo (10.6.x) users, utilize the Snow Leopard support page

Leopard Apple Leopard logo (10.5.x) users, utilize the Leopard support page

TigerApple Tiger logo(10.4.x) users, utilize the Tiger support page

 

 

The four (4) current CAC Types are...

Look at the back of your ID card (above the black magnetic strip) for one of the examples below.  If you have any other versions, you need to visit an ID card office and have it replaced.  All CACs other than these shown below were to be replaced prior to 1 October 2012.

A guide to help figure out which CAC you have

Gemalto 144 CAC image GemaltoDLGX4-A 144 image Oberthur 5.5 CAC image G&D FIPS 201 SCE 3.2

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Back to / look at graph above 

 

 

Information / download links


Version 1.5 (and above) supports OS 10.9.x & 10.10 and will read the PIV cert for dual persona personnel

Purchase PKard from Thursby Software or TX Systems

PKard demo

Thursby offers US phone, email and forums support for the software they've been developing for over 7 years and is 100% made in the USA

 

.  You may be able to setup your GEMALTO TOP DL GX4 144, or GEMALTO DLGX4-A 144 CAC on your Mac WITHOUT PKard

NOTE: Oberthur ID One 128 v5.5 Dual CAC holders (DO NOT follow guidance below, because it will NOT work for you)

G&D FIPS 201 SCE 3.2 CAC is unknown for this package (If you have one of these CACs, please contact me

Look at the graph at the top of this page for your options

 

 

 Use JAX's Automated PACKAGE, to perform the steps below

 

Once you run this file and have restarted your computer, Click here to continue

 

 

You can also install the files manually by following these instructions (for those of you who want to know what JAXs package is really doing to your computer):

Download these two files to your computer:  CAC.tokend & CACNG.tokend

Once downloaded, click on the download arrow in the upper right corner of your Safari browser

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Right click each of the two files: CACNG.tokend & CAC.tokend and select Show in Finder

select show finder image

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From the Downloads / Finder folder, drag the files to:

<your hard drive> / System / Library / Security / tokend / 

NOTE:  (IF the "tokend" folder is not there, create it by Right clicking and selecting New Folder, or for a one button mouse, select <ctrl> and click your mouse button).

navigation structure to tokend image

 

navigation structure to tokend image

NOTE: You may receive a message [like below], you'll need to select "Authenticate" and enter your computer administrator password to move these files.

authenticate image

 

Now verify it worked by visiting:  Keychain Access

Here's How:  Click: Go (in the taskbar at the top of the screen), Utilities, Keychain Access.app 

NOTE:  If you don't see Go, click the finder Mac Finder imageicon  in your Dock. Click Utilities, Keychain Access.app 

You "should" see CAC...###-### under Keychains, you may also see your last name with your EDI-PI after it, or PIV II (it depends on which program you are using to communicate with your CAC.

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You "should" now be able to visit CAC enabled websites

If you are still having problems, contact us.

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