KDE and smartcard support

George Staikos staikos at kde.org
Tue May 22 23:59:04 BST 2007

On 22-May-07, at 6:28 PM, Alon Bar-Lev wrote:

> On 5/23/07, George Staikos <staikos at kde.org> wrote:
>> > Does it mean that there will be no use of QtSslSocket in this  
>> model?
>>    No it does not.  Why are you so against having it there?  it
>> shouldn't even be visible to you.  And it's not even there now...
> But this is the whole problem!
> I cannot add support to smartcard when you use QtSslSocket, since it
> cannot perform negotiation using external (hardware based) keys.
> So I am not confused after all.
> Adding smartcard support into KDE requires all crypto components to be
> able to process hardware cryptography. Implementing TLS/SSL with a
> component that cannot, makes the whole integration impossible.

    Make an interface, and -ignore- the implementation.  What's there  
already can do what you ask.  If it switches, you won't notice.  If  
you want, as I already told you, you can reimplement KSSL, but beware  
that it will be subject to very strict review and it's a lot more  
work than you might expect.

George Staikos
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