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Using InfoNotary certificate on OmniKey CardMan 6121 under Slackware


This small article describes the installation and configuration of OmniKey CardMan 6121 card read under Slackware, which enables the usage of InfoNotary's universal certificates for e-banking.

Getting started

Plug in the device to a USB port on your computer, after it's recognized by the kernel in the output of command lsusb you should find the following:

Bus 001 Device 028: ID 076b:6622 OmniKey AG CardMan 6121

Installation of device drivers

The manufacturer of the device offers binary drivers for the CardMan 6121 and other readers.

Manual installation

Download the driver archive and unpack it to a temporary directory, then run
the install script, for example in Slackware64 14.1:
# cd /tmp
# wget ''
# tar -xvf ifdokccid_linux_x86_64-v4.0.5.4.tar.gz
# cd ifdokccid_linux_x86_64-v4.0.5.4
# ./install

Automatic installation

A package is provided by the SlackPack repositories for different Slackware versions called pcsc-omnikay, so alternatively, you could use slapt-get utility, configure SlackPack repositories and then just issue the following command:

# slapt-get --install pcsc-omnikey

Installation of necessary software

You need PC/SC Lite middleware for accessing the smart card using SCard API (PC/SC standard), for packages could be found in SlackPack repositories for different Slackware versions. You also need OpenSC tools and libraries for work with smart cards that are used by Firefox and Thunderbird. Packages could be found from the same place.

Manual installation

Download the packages into a temporary directory, obtain root privileges and then enter following commands to install them, for example in Slackware64 14.1:
# installpkg pcsc-lite-1.8.11-x86_64-1gds.txz
# installpkg opensc-0.14.0-x86_64-1gds.txz

Automatic installation

Alternatively, you could use slapt-get
utility, configure SlackPack repositories and then just issue the following command:

# slapt-get --install pcsc-lite opensc

The PC/SC Lite daemon from the package comes bundled with a startup/shutdown script, so you could start it by just issueing the following command:

# /etc/rc.d/rc.pcscd start

If you want the daemon to start automatically with the system, then just add it to local initialization script like this:

# echo '/etc/rc.d/rc.pcscd start' >> /etc/rc.d/rc.local

Configuration of Firefox

Now that the driver and necessary software are installed
it remains only to configure Firefox to be able to communicate with the card read. This is done in the following way:
  1. Open Edit -> Preferences;
  2. In Firefox Preferences window navigate to Advanced, then to tab Certificates;
  3. Click on Security devices button;
  4. In window Device Manager that opens click on button Load on the right;
  5. Enter "OpenSC PKCS#11 Module" in Module Name and select
    /usr/lib64/ file as Module filename, then
    click OK;

After the module is loaded the window manager would display the information about the reader:

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