Some tools to play with GnuPG’s smartcard daemon and OpenPGP smartcards.
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Scdtools - Tools for Scdaemon and OpenPGP smartcards

Scdtools is a set of utility tools to work with Scdaemon, the smartcard
daemon of the GnuPG project, and OpenPGP smartcards.

Scdrand - Extract random numbers from a smartcard
Scdrand obtains up to 256 bytes of random data from a ISO7816-compliant
smartcard and adds them to the kernel entropy pool.

It uses Scdaemon to send a GET CHALLENGE to the smartcard. As per
ISO 7816-4, the smartcard replies with random bytes, which Scdrand then
sends to the Linux kernel entropy pool through the RNDADDENTROPY ioctl
call on /dev/random.

Since that call requires root privileges, scdrand is installed with the
setuid bit set. To mitigate risks associated with running as root, the
program forks itself at startup and only the child retains the root
privileges needed to write to /dev/random. The parent process, in charge
of communicating with the smartcard, then runs with the privileges on
the calling user.

Scdtools is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public
License, version 3 or higher. The full license is included in the
COPYING file of the source distribution.

Homepage and contact
The project is located at <>.
The latest source code is available in a Git repository at
<git://> and may also be browsed at

The author may be contact at the following address:
Damien Goutte-Gattat <>