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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 Information 1: Restart your computer after installing the CAC enabler before trying to access the CAC enabled site

 

Preliminary Information 2:  Installing multiple enabling programs will cause your system to NOT work.  Here's how to uninstall CAC enablers.

 

Preliminary Information 3:  Some of the CAC enablers below will ask for a "keychain password."  It is really 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.  PKard and Centrify are two program listed below that have the capability to show you when your CAC is blocked.  The other enablers do not have this capability.

 

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

 

 Once you've decided, go to Table 2

Compatible with: CACKey PKard Centrify Express for Mac Smart Card Mac OS Sierra Built In Mac OS High Sierra Built In Smart Card Services Activ
Client for Mac
Charismathics Smart
Security Interface
(CSSI)
Trusted End
Node Security (TENS)
High Sierra (10.13) Red X
Note7
Green checkmark Green checkmark N/A Green checkmark
Note5
Question mark
Note6
Green checkmark Question mark
Note6
Green checkmark
Sierra (10.12.x) Green checkmark
Note4
Green checkmark
Note2
Green checkmark
Note3
Green checkmark
Note5
N/A Red X Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark
El Capitan (10.11.x) Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark N/A N/A Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark
Yosemite (10.10.x) Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark N/A N/A Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark
Mavericks (10.9.x) Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark N/A N/A Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark
Mountain Lion (10.8.x) Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark N/A N/A Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark
Lion (10.7.x) Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark N/A N/A Green checkmark Red X Green checkmark Green checkmark
Snow Leopard (10.6.x) Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark N/A N/A Green checkmark Red X Green checkmark Green checkmark
Leopard (10.5.x) Green checkmark Green checkmark Red X N/A N/A Red X Red X Green checkmark
Note1
Green checkmark
Note1
Note1: Computer must have an Intel processor, will not work with a PPC processor

Note2: Need version 1.7 (or higher)

Note3: Need version 5.3.3

Note4: Need version 0.7.8

Note5: Apple computers with Mac OS Sierra and High Sierra have a built in Smart Card ability, meaning 3rd party CAC enablers may not be needed.  It may work for some DoD sites, but it seems that Outlook Web App sites don't work well with it.  Go with Centrify Express instead if you want to access your webmail.

Note6: Please let me know if any of these enablers work for you. 

Note7: I'm hearing of a lot of people not being able to use CACKey on Mac OS High Sierra.  I have been referring everyone to Centrify Express or PKard, and all have worked.

  

 

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 decided, go to Table 3

Compatible with: CACKey PKard Centrify Express for Mac Smart Card Mac OS Sierra Built In Mac OS High Sierra Built In Smart Card Services Activ
Client for Mac
Charismathics Smart
Security Interface (CSSI)
Trusted End
Node Security (TENS)
GEMALTO TOP DL GX 4 144 Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Question mark Question mark
Note3
Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark
GEMALTO DL GX4-A 144 Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark
Note2
Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark
Oberthur ID One 128 v5.5 Dual Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Question mark Green checkmark Green checkmark
Note2
Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark
Oberthur ID One 128 v5.5a D Green checkmark Green checkmark Question mark
Note1
Green checkmark Question mark
Note3
Question mark
Note1
Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark
G&D FIPS 201 SCE 3.2 Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Question mark Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Question mark
Note1

Note1: I haven't tested the CAC yet with this enabler.  If you have one and have successfully used your CAC with the question marked enabler above, please contact me

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

Note3: Please let me know if any of these CACs work for you.  Installing High Sierra killed 2 Macs I had tried to test prior to it being released.

 

 

Table 3:  Verify the CAC enabling program you selected in tables 1 & 2 are:

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

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

c. Will allow you to digitally sign PDFs,

d. Can show you when your CAC is blocked,

e. You want support from the vendor, or

f. You want to get it for free, or pay for it

  

Once you've decided, go to Table 4

and click the link to the CAC enabler you decided to use.

Compatible with: CACKey PKard Centrify Express for Mac Smart Card Mac OS Sierra Built In Mac OS High Sierra Built In  Smart Card Services Activ
Client for Mac
Charismathics Smart
Security Interface (CSSI)
Trusted End Node Security (TENS)
Firefox web browser Green checkmark Red X Green checkmark
Note3
Red X Red X Red X Green checkmark Green checkmark
Note
Green checkmark
Reads PIV certificate (Dual Persona Personnel) Green checkmark
Note1
Green checkmark
Note1
Green checkmark
Note2
Green checkmark
Note1
Green checkmark
Note1
Question mark Green checkmark
Note1
Question mark Question mark
Will allow you to digitally sign PDFs Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark Red X Red X Red X Red X Red X Question mark
Can show when CAC is blocked Red X Green checkmark Green checkmark
Note
Question mark Question mark Red X Red X Question mark Red X
Vendor provides support Red X Green checkmark
help
Green checkmark
help
Red X Red X Red X Green checkmark
help
Green checkmark
help
Red X
Costs Money Crossed Out $ sign dollar sign image Crossed Out $ sign Crossed Out $ sign Crossed Out $ sign Crossed Out $ sign dollar sign image dollar sign image Crossed Out $ sign

Note1:  PIV cert has to already be exposed

Note2:  Will see the PIV cert, but is unusable until properly exposed.

Note3:  Will work with the paid version of Centrify Identity Service not the free version linked below

 

 

 

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

CAC Enabler
CACKey
PKard from Thursby
Centrify Express for Mac Smart Card
Smart Card Services
ActivClient for Mac sold only by:
BuyCACReaders, SCB Solutions, & TX Systems
Charismathics Smart Security Interface (SCCI)
sold only by: SCB Solutions
Trusted End Node Security (TENS) formerly LPS

 

Navy users:

If you still have problems, here is a very helpful Navy specific page

 

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

 

High Sierra High Sierra (10.13.x)
Sierra Mac OS Sierra (10.12.x)
El Capitan el Capitan (10.11.x)
Yosemite Yosemite image (10.10.x)
Mavericks Mavericks logo (10.9.x)
Mountain Lion Apple Mountain Lion logo (10.8.x)
Lion Apple Lion logo (10.7.x)
Snow Leopard Apple Snow Leopard logo (10.6.x)
Leopard Apple Leopard logo (10.5.x)

 

 

The five (5) current CAC Types are...

Look at the back of your ID card (above the black strip) for one of the examples below.  If you have any other version, 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 Oberthur 5.5a CAC

G&D FIPS 201 SCE 3.2

Find out how to flip card over video

 

Back to / look at graph above

 

 

PKard for Mac

Information / download links

 

Version 1.7 supports Mac OS High Sierra (10.13.x) down to and below

 

Purchase PKard from Thursby Software

 

PKard demo (click Videos tab)

 

Thursby offers US phone, email, and forums support for the software they've been developing for over 10 years and is 100% made in the USA

 

 

 

If you have Centrify Express installed, you can see / verify if your CAC is blocked.

 

Select Go > Utilities > Centrify

Double click:  Smart Card Assistant

Look under status for:  Card is locked

NOTE: If Card status is blank, the card is not blocked

 

CAC Blocked message with Centrify

 

 

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