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KB-5774: How to enable smartcard support in NSSDB apps (Firefox, Thunderbird, etc) after updating to OS X 10.11

Centrify Identity Service, Mac Edition ,  

12 April,16 at 11:46 AM

Applies to: Centrify Identity Service for Mac version 5.2.4 with OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Question:

When upgrading the Centrify agent from an earlier release to version 5.2.4 (with OS X 10.11 support), the path to the pkcs11 library in NSSDB applications (such as Firefox, Thunderbird, etc.) will be incorrect, causing smart card support to fail.

How can this be fixed?


Answer:

The module needs to be reloaded with the correct path:
  1. Open the Firefox Preferences menu and go to:
    • Advanced -> Certificates -> Security Devices

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  2. Select "Centrify PKCS #11 Module" and click [ Unload ], confirm when prompted
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  3. After the previous entry is unloaded, select [ Load ] and enter:
    • Module Name: Centrify PKCS #11 Module
    • Module filename: /usr/local/share/centrifydc/lib/pkcs11/tokendPKCS11.so
       
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  4. The smart card should now appear under this newly loaded module.
     
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This will be fixed in a future release of the Centrify agent.

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