Solaris Smartcard Administration Guide


SolarisTM Smartcard enables a user to log in securely to the Solaris 8, Solaris 9, or Solaris 10 desktop environment. A smart card is a plastic card that allows you to access a system by inserting a programmable card into a card reader. This guide explains how to configure systems and smart cards for this form of authentication. The guide also explains how to use a smart card after Solaris Smartcard has been configured.

Who Should Use This Book

The Solaris Smartcard Administration Guide is intended for the system administrator who sets up and administers the Solaris Smartcard environment. This guide assumes that you have a thorough knowledge of authentication and related network security concepts.

If you are merely a user of a Solaris Smartcard, you do not need to read this book. Simply insert your smart card in your card reader and enter your personal identification number (PIN) when prompted to do so.

Related Books

Solaris Smartcard can be used in conjunction with any Solaris administration tools or Solaris commands and procedures. Refer to one or more of the following for additional information about Solaris installation or administration procedures:

Accessing Sun Documentation Online

The docs.sun.comSM Web site enables you to access Sun technical documentation online. You can browse the archive or search for a specific book title or subject. The URL is

Ordering Sun Documentation

Sun Microsystems offers select product documentation in print. For a list of documents and how to order them, see “Buy printed documentation” at

Typographic Conventions

The following table describes the typographic changes that are used in this book.

Table P–1 Typographic Conventions

Typeface or Symbol 




The names of commands, files, and directories, and onscreen computer output 

Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.


What you type, contrasted with onscreen computer output 

machine_name% su



Command-line placeholder: replace with a real name or value 

The command to remove a file is rm filename.


Book titles, new terms, and terms to be emphasized 

Read Chapter 6 in the User's Guide.

Perform a patch analysis.

Do not save the file.

[Note that some emphasized items appear bold online.] 

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

The following table shows the default system prompt and superuser prompt for the C shell, Bourne shell, and Korn shell.

Table P–2 Shell Prompts



C shell prompt 


C shell superuser prompt 


Bourne shell and Korn shell prompt 


Bourne shell and Korn shell superuser prompt