FAQ's

ESCB-PKI smart card management

  • Is it mandatory to use ESCB-PKI secure tokens to get ESCB-PKI certificates?
    • No, it isn't. Central Banks which already have cryptographic tokens can reuse their tokens to store ESCB-PKI certificates. A token certification process must be followed to ensure that every ESCB-PKI process operates properly with each candidate token. A request has to be placed through the ESCB-PKI Competency Centre to trigger the token certification process.

    • See also: What is the ESCB-PKI Competency Centre service?

  • Which tokens have been validated to store ESCB-PKI certificates?

    Manufacturer Model Format Middleware Minimun version of the ActiveX component
    G&D Sm@rtCafe Expert 64 v2 Smartcard SafeSign Identity Client v3.0.40, v3.0.45, v3.0.87 1.0.6.0
    G&D Sm@rtCafe Expert 3.2 Smartcard SafeSign Identity Client v3.0.40, v3.0.45, v3.0.87 1.0.6.0
    AET Europe BV JCOP21 v2.3.1 (Winter AG) Smartcard SafeSign Identity Client v3.0.40, v3.0.45, v.3.0.76, v3.0.87 1.0.6.0
    SafeNet eToken 4100 (CC EAL 4+) Smartcard SafeNet Authentication Client 8.1 SP1 1.0.6.0
    SafeNet eToken 5100 (CC EAL 4+) USB token SafeNet Authentication Client 8.1 SP1 1.0.6.0
    CRYPTAS TicTok Smartcard Athena-SCS IDProtect 6.20.08 1.0.6.4
    Certgate SmardCard microSD 2.0 MicroSD card cv cryptovision act sc/interface v5.1.0.236 1.0.6.0
    Gemalto IDPrime .NET 510 v3.0 Smartcard IDGo 800 v1.2 1.0.6.6
  • Which is the version of the ActiveX component installed in my computer?
    • Check the version of the indratoken.dll library available at the System32 folder.

    • See also: Support page > ActiveX component required to manage certificates in a smartcard.

  • Does the ESCB-PKI project provide users with a smart card reader?
    • No, it doesn't. Smart card readers have to be purchased and implemented by the customers.

    • See also: Which are the requirements for the smart card readers necessary to user ESCB-PKI secure tokens?

  • Which are the requirements for the smart card readers necessary to use ESCB-PKI secure tokens?

    Specification Minimun requirement
    Smart card standard ISO 7816 (1,2 and 3)
    Protocols T=0, T=1
    Speed 412 kbps
    Driver support PC/SC for Microsoft Windows platforms
    Compatible APIs Microsoft CSP and PKCS#11
  • How can I get an ESCB-PKI secure token?
    • To know who can provide you an ESCB-PKI secure token please contact your local Help Desk, your local ESCB-PKI Access Manager or your local Registration Officers.

    • See also: What is the Crypto Token Request service?

  • Can my ESCB-PKI secure token hold several certificates?
    • Yes, in fact your ESCB-PKI secure token you will hold at least 3 certificates: one for authentication, one for encryption and a third one for signing. Additional certificates can be stored if needed (for example old encryption certificates).

  • How should I proceed to change the PIN of my ESCB-PKI secure token?
    • To change your PIN you must use the smart card software tool. This tool is available in the ESCB-PKI web page.

      The licence for the tool is linked to the secure token; therefore you can download and install the tool in any PC in which you will need to use your token.

  • How should I proceed if my ESCB-PKI secure token is lost/broken/stolen?
    • You must complete the following tasks:

    • - Step 1: If your secure token has been lost or stolen, suspend your personal certificates.

      - Step 2: Obtain a new token.

      - Step 3: Renew your certificates indicating the reason (lost, broken or stolen token).

    • See also: How should I proceed to suspend an ESCB-PKI certificate?

    • See also: How can I get an ESCB-PKI secure token?

    • See also: How should I proceed to renew ESCB-PKI certificates?

  • How should I proceed if I forget my ESCB-PKI secure token PIN?
    • If you have forgotten your PIN you can set a new PIN using your PUK. You must use the smart card software tool. This tool is available in the ESCB-PKI web page.

  • How should I proceed if I forget both my ESCB-PKI secure token PIN and PUK?
    • If you have forgotten both your PIN and your PUK you must request new token and certificates.

    • See also: How can I get an ESCB-PKI secure token?

    • See also: How should I proceed to obtain ESCB-PKI certificates?

  • Which web browsers are supported?
    • You should not have any problem to use your ESCB-PKI secure token with most common browsers (i.e.Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, etc). However, in order to download the certificates into your smart card you will need Internet Explorer.

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