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Re: Smart card connection pgAdmin/PostgreSQL

From: Dave Page <dpage(at)pgadmin(dot)org>
To: jmpoure(at)gooze(dot)eu
Cc: pgadmin-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Smart card connection pgAdmin/PostgreSQL
Date: 2010-03-17 14:12:17
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2010/3/17 Jean-Michel Pouré - GOOZE <jmpoure(at)gooze(dot)eu>:
> Le mercredi 17 mars 2010 à 13:13 +0000, Dave Page a écrit :
>> I assume
>> it's possible to store an SSL private key on them for authentication
>> against a remote server?
> Yes, this is the basic feature.
> It is also possible to use the smartcard chip to make crypto operations,
> thus offering superior decryption/encryption security.
> At no moment, the private keys leave the key. Thus there is very little
> possibility to steal secrets. Even on a compromised computer, the
> secrets cannot be stolen. To connect, you need a smart card and the PIN
> code.
> Also, you may think of server-side data encryption, where tables are
> encrypted.
> In some companies, data are considered like the heart of the activity.
> In these business it may be valuable to use smart cards.

Cool - thanks. It's interesting tech, though whether I'll have time to
look into it myself at the moment isn't clear unfortunately.

Dave Page
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