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CAC ON YOUR Mac INSTALL CHECKLIST PAGE

6 "high level" steps needed, follow down the page to make this a painless systematic process

 

1. Is your CAC reader "Mac friendly"?
2. Can your Mac "see" the reader?
3. Verify which version of Mac OS you have
4. Figure out which CAC (ID card) you have
5. Update your DoD certificates
5a. Additional DoD certificate installation instructions for Firefox users
6. Decide which CAC enabler you want to use

 

 

Step 1:  Is your CAC reader Mac friendly?

Visit the USB Readers page to verify the CAC reader you have is Mac friendly.

"Some, not all" CAC readers may need to have a driver installed to make it work.

NOTE:  Readers such as:  SCR-331, GSR-202, GSR-202V, & GSR-203 could need firmware updates (NO OTHER Readers need firmware updates). 

Information about these readers are in Step 2

 

 

Step 2:  Can your Mac "see" the reader?

 Plug the CAC reader into an open USB port before proceeding, give it a few moments to install

Step 2a:  Click the Apple Icon in the upper left corner of the desktop, select "About This Mac"

About This Mac imae

 

Step 2b:  Click the "More Info" (button) (Mac OS 10.6.x and older),  Mac OS 10.7.x and newer go to step 2c

About This Mac image

 

Step 2c:  Click "System Report..." (button)  (Only shown in 10.7.x and newer)

Secondary About This Mac image

 

Step 2d:  Verify the CAC reader shows in Hardware, USB, under USB Device Tree.  Different readers will show differently, most readers have no problem in this step.  See Step 2d1 for specific reader issues. 

SCR-331 firmware version verification image

 

Step 2d1:  Verify firmware version on your SCR-331 or GSR-202, 202V, 203 CAC, or SCR-3500a reader.   If you have a reader other than these 5, GO TO STEP 3

 

Step 2d1a-SCR-331 reader

Picture of SCR-331 USB CAC Reader

If your reader does not look this this, go to the next step.

Below "Hardware" click "USB."  On the right side of the screen under "USB Device Tree" the window will display all hardware plugged into the USB ports on your Mac.  Look for SCRx31 USB Smart Card Reader.  If the Smart Card reader is present, look at "Version" in the lower right corner of this box:  If you have a number below 5.18, you need to update your firmware to 5.25.  If you are already at 5.18 or 5.25, your reader is installed on your system, and no further hardware changes are required.  You can now Quit System Profiler and continue to Step 3.

SCR-331 firmware version verification image

 

Step 2d1b-IOGear GSR-202, 202V, and 203 readers

GSR203 imageGSR202V image

 If your reader does not look like these, go to Step 3.

Below "Hardware" click "USB." On the right side of the screen under "USB Device Tree"  the window will display all hardware plugged into the USB ports on your Mac. You should see EMV Smartcard Reader.  If the Smart Card Reader is present look for "Product ID" in the lower right corner of this box:  If you see:  0x9540, you need to downgrade the firmware to 0x9520.  If you see 0x9520, your reader is installed on your system, and no further hardware changes are required.  You can now Quit System Profiler and continue to Step 3.

GSR20x firmware verification image

 

Step 2d1c-SCR-3500A reader

If you have the SCR3500A P/N:905430-1 CAC reader, you may need to install this driver, as the one that installs automatically will not work.  Hold the control key [on your keyboard] when clicking the .pkg file [with your mouse], select [the word] Open

 

 

Step 3:  Verify which version of MacOS do you have?

(You need to know this information for step 6)

 

Step 3a:  Click the Apple Icon in the upper left corner of your desktop and select "About This Mac"

About This Mac imae

 

Step 3b:  Look below Mac OS X for:  Version 10.X.X.

OS X version

 

 

Step 4:  Figure out which CAC (ID Card) you have

(You need to know this information for step 6)

 

Look at the back of your ID card (above the black strip) for these card types.  If you have any version other than the five shown below, you need to visit an ID card office and have it replaced.  All CACs [other than these five] were supposed 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 CACG&D FIPS 201 SCE 3.2 

Find out how to flip card over video

 

Step 5:  Update your DoD certificates (for Safari and Chrome Users)

Firefox users also follow guidance in 5a below:

 

Go to Keychain Access

Click: Go (top of screen), Utilities, double click Keychain Access.app 

 

(You can also type: keychain access using Spotlight (this is my preferred method))

Typing Keychain Access into Spotlight 

Select login (under Keychains), and All Items (under Category)

login all items

 

Download these 4 files (you might need to <ctrl> click, select Download Linked File As...) Save to your downloads folder

new imagePlease know... IF You have any DoD certs already located in your keychain access, you will need to delete them prior to running the AllCerts.p7b file below.  

 

http://militarycac.com/maccerts/AllCerts.p7b,

http://militarycac.com/maccerts/RootCert2.cer,

http://militarycac.com/maccerts/RootCert3.cer,

http://militarycac.com/maccerts/RootCert4.cer, and

http://militarycac.com/maccerts/RootCert5.cer

 

Double click each of the files to install certificates into the login section of keychain

 

Cert Selection

Select the Kind column, and make sure the arrow is pointing up, scroll down to certificate, look for all of the following certificates:

 

DOD CA-31 through DOD CA-32,

DOD EMAIL CA-31 through DOD EMAIL CA-34,

DOD EMAIL CA-39 through DOD EMAIL CA-44,

DOD EMAIL CA-49 through DOD EMAIL CA-52,

DOD ID CA-33 through DOD ID CA-34,

DOD ID CA-39 through DOD ID CA-44,

DOD ID CA-49 through DOD ID CA-52,

DOD ID SW CA-35 through DOD ID SW CA-38,

DOD ID SW CA-45 through DOD ID SW CA-48,

DOD SW CA-53 through DOD SW CA-58, and

DoD Root CA 2 through DoD Root CA 5

   

NOTE: If you are missing any of the above certificates, you have 2 choices,

1. delete all of them, and re run the 4 files above, or

2.  Download the allcerts.zip file and install each of the certificates you are missing individually.

 

 Errors:

 Error 100001 Solution

 Error 100013 Solution

 

You may notice 2 or 3 of the certificates will have a red circle with a white X access denied. This means your computer does not trust those certificates

UntrustedCerts

You need to manually trust the DoD Root CA 3 & DoD Root CA 4 Root certificates

Double click each of the DoD Root CA certificates, select Trust, in the When using this certificate: select Always Trust, repeat until all 3 do not have any red circle with a white X.

Trusting Certs

You may be prompted to enter computer password

 

Once you select Always Trust, your icon will have a light blue circle with a white + in it.

Trusted Certificate

 

Some of the "bad certs" that have caused problems for Windows users now show up in the keychain access section on some Macs.  These need to be deleted / moved to trash.

 

The DoD Root CA 2 & 3 you are removing has a light blue frame, leave the yellow frame version.  The icons may or may not have a red circle with the white x

image or image   DoD Interoperability Root CA 1 or CA 2   certificate
certificate        DoD Root CA 2 or 3  certificate
image or image   Federal Bridge CA 2016 or 2013  certificate
image or image   Federal Common Policy CA certificate
image or image   SHA-1 Federal Root CA G2   certificate
image or image   US DoD CCEB Interoperability Root CA 1 certificate

 

If you have tried accessing CAC enabled sites prior to following these instructions, please go through this page before proceeding

Clearing the keychain (opens a new page)

Don't forget to come back to this page to continue.

 

Step 5a:  Additional DoD certificate installation instructions for Firefox users

 

Download AllCerts.zip, [remember where you save it].

double click the allcerts.zip file (it'll automatically extract into a new folder)

 

Option 1 to install the certificates (semi automated):

From inside the AllCerts extracted folder, select all of the certificates

<control> click (or Right click) the selected certificates, select Open With, Other...

In the Enable (selection box), change to All Applications

Select Firefox, then Open

You will see several dozen browser tabs open up, let it open as many as it wants..

 You will eventually start seeing either of the 2 messages shown next

If the certificate is not already in Firefox, a window will pop up stating "You have been asked to trust a new Certificate Authority (CA)."

Check all three boxes to allow the certificate to: identify websites, identify email users, and identify software developers

FF certs

or

 

"Alert This certificate is already installed as a certificate authority." Click OK

Certificate Already Installed

Once you've added all of the certificates...
Click Firefox (word) (upper left of your screen)
Preferences
Advanced (tab)
Press Network under the Advanced Tab
In the Cached Web Content section, click Clear Now (button).
Quit Firefox and restart it

 

Option 2 to install the certificates (very tedious manual): 

Click Firefox (word) (upper left of your screen)

Preferences

 Advanced (tab on left side of screen)

 Certificates (tab)

 View Certificates (button)

 Authorities (tab)

 Import (button)

 Browse to the DoD certificates (AllCerts) extracted folder you downloaded and extracted above.

Note: You have to do this step for every single certificate

Note2:  If the certificate is already in Firefox, a window will pop up stating: "Alert This certificate is already installed as a certificate authority (CA)." Click OK

Certificate Already Installed

 

Note3: If the certificate is not already in Firefox, a window will pop up stating "You have been asked to trust a new Certificate Authority (CA)."

Check all three boxes to allow the certificate to: identify websites, identify email users, and identify software developers

FF certs

Once you've added all of the certificates...
Click Firefox (word) (upper left of your screen)
Preferences
Advanced (tab)
Press Network under the Advanced Tab
In the Cached Web Content section, click Clear Now (button).
Quit Firefox and restart it

 

Step 6:  Decide which CAC enabler you can / want to use

 

http://militarycac.com/cacenablers.htm

 

After installing the CAC enabler, restart the computer and go to a CAC enabled website

 

 

Mac support provided by:  Michael Danberry

 
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