Strong Authentication: Building Apps That Leverage Virtual Smart Cards in Enterprise, BYOD, and Consumer Environments

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Windows 8.1 makes it easier than ever for Windows Store apps to manage virtual smart cards. Learn about using virtual smart cards when you need strong authentication, including both enterprise Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environments, as well as consumer scenarios that require strong authentication such as banking. This session will cover what virtual smart cards are, what scenarios they can enable, and how new Windows Runtime APIs make it easy to write apps to manage both real and virtual smart cards.





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    Please address if you can send an APDU to a real smart card in a reader similar to the API SCardTransmit().



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    Himanshu Soni

    bdhc73a - I assume you are asking if there is an ability to send APDU to a smart card (real or virtual) using WinRT API from a Windows Store App. For Windows 8.1, this functionality is not available. Only Win32 applications can send APDUs to real or virtual smart cards.

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    You are correct, I am waiting for smartcard access from a WinRT API.

    Is it a matter of policy that it is prevented, or a lack of resources?


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    Himanshu Soni

    You are right in that the certificate cannot be pulled out like a real "something you have". Hence, you cannot claim 2FA to the device itself. However, when authenticating to a network resource such as a website or a file share or authenticating for remote access for VPN, the device can be claimed as an authenticating factor because without the possession of the device, the user is not able to authenticate to the network resource. In those cases, the device is "something you have" and the PIN is "something you know".

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    Tomislav Simovic


    I'm I have an issue regarding VSC creation. I'm testing with your data and using an example presented in your presentation.
    I'm continuously getting an error on method RequestVirtualSmartCardCreationAsync() that says "Element not found. (Exception from HResult: 0x80070490)".
    I'm using VS2017 and Windows 10.
    If you need any info, please feel free to contact me.


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