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CAC for MAC workaround

GCN recently reported reported that the U.S. Army is working on a common desktop configuration for Apple Macs, noting that more users would likely use Macs if it weren't for certain limitations. Among them was the difficulty of accommodating required Common Access Card (CAC)authentication.

As usual in the tech space, someone has found a work around for that.

One of our readers wrote this week, noting:

'The fact is that the MAC OS 10.4 came with the CAC driver pre-installed. To use a CAC reader with the MAC, one need only use the terminal application to input a very few lines of code readily available on the Internet. I know this because I have done so. The information for the exact procedure is available here. The cost of the USB CAC reader is about $20, also available over the net.

'Granted, the other issues may still exist, but I would not be surprised to learn that they too have already been addressed by the rabid Mac community of which I am a proud member, (as are apparently some individuals at the Naval Post Graduate School).'

Posted by Wyatt Kash on Sep 17, 2008 at 9:39 AM


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Reader Comments

Wed, Dec 3, 2008 Abraham Nijo MO

Your post is suppose to Help MAC user utilize CAC card.i observed some discrepancies.1) you said perform these steps on windows XP2) you said "## Launch the ActivCard Gold Utilities (in the system tray) and insert a CAC card to make sure the reader functions correctly." How do you get here?I think you should try to address this CAC access using on a MAC, using a Firefox browser from scratch, just like my computer(MAC) OSX 10.4 just came out of the box.thanks

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