APPLE MAC CAC ENABLER (aka MIDDLEWARE) PAGE
Between mid October 2019 and mid February 2020 everyone in the Army was migrated to the Authentication certificate for Email access. Army users no longer use the Email certificate for Enterprise Email. You will now select the other certificate [without the word Email in it]
Mac users who choose to upgrade to Mac OS Catalina (10.15.x) will need to UNINSTALL all 3rd Party CAC enablers per https://militarycac.com/macuninstall.htm and will need to reenable the built in support. Very bottom of macuninstall page.
If you purchased your Mac with Mac OS Catalina, you can skip this page, as long as you installed the DoD certificates from the MacNotes page
Signing of PDFs should work in Mac OS Catalina (10.15.x) by adjusting these settings.
Follow Tables 1 through 4 below:
PLEASE READ the preliminary Information before you start:
Preliminary Information 1: Restart your computer after installing the CAC enabler before trying to access the CAC enabled site
Preliminary Information 2: Installing multiple enabling programs will cause your system to NOT work. Here's how to uninstall CAC enablers.
Preliminary Information 3: Some of the CAC enablers below will ask for a "keychain password" (like the image below). You need to enter your CAC PIN. Make sure if it asks for your Keychain password after you select your CAC certificate, that you use your CAC [6-8 digit / all number] PIN.
If you block your CAC, you'll have to visit an ID card office to get it unblocked. PKard has the capability to show you when your CAC is blocked. The other enablers do not have this capability. This no longer is available in Mac OS Catalina.
Table 1: See which CAC enabling program will work with your version of Mac OS
Once you've decided, go to Table 2
Note2: Need version 1.7 (or above)
Note3: Apple computers with Mac OS Mojave, High Sierra, and Sierra have a "built in Smart Card ability," meaning 3rd party CAC enablers "may" not be needed. You may be able to access some DoD sites, however, some Outlook Web App sites don't play well with it. Read here on how to disable the built in ability to use CACKey or PKard. This should also remove the duplicate certificates to choose from.
Note4: Please let me know if any of these enablers work for you.
Note5: With Mac OS Sierra and High Sierra, you must use Google Chrome. Safari is not "CAC compatible." You may also update your computer to Mojave (or newer), then use Safari.
Note6: Mac OS Catalina will not work with any 3rd party CAC enablers. Please Read this article on Thursby's website about this.
Note7: I have a few reports that this enabler works with Mac OS Catalina
Table 2: Verify the CAC enabling program you selected above will work with your specific CAC.
Once you've decided, go to Table 3
Note1: I haven't tested the CAC with this enabler. If you have one and have successfully used your CAC with the question marked enabler above, please contact me
Table 3: Verify the CAC enabling program you selected in tables 1 & 2 is:
a. Compatible with Firefox (if you plan to use this web browser),
b. Will read your PIV Authentication certificate,
c. Will allow you to digitally sign PDFs,
d. Can show you when your CAC is blocked,
e. You want support from the vendor, or
f. You want it for free, or pay for it
Once you've decided, go to Table 4
and click the link to the CAC enabler you decided to use.
Note1: PIV cert has to already be exposed
Note2: Signing of PDFs on Mac OS Catalina (10.15.x), Mojave (10.14.x), High Sierra (10.13.x), & Sierra (10.12.x) can be corrected by following these settings. Some others have installed OpenSC and claim it works.
Table 4: Click link below for the CAC enabler you decided to use based on the criteria in tables 1-3 above
NOTE for Sierra (10.12.x), High Sierra (10.13.x) and Mojave (10.14.x): BEFORE installing a 3rd party enabler below, make sure you have removed / disabled the built in enabler per instructions on this page: https://militarycac.com/macuninstall.htm
DO NOT INSTALL a CAC Enabler in Catalina (10.15.x)
If you still have problems, here is a helpful Navy specific page
Specifics for the following versions of Mac OS can be found at these links:
The five (6) current CAC Types are...
Look at the back of your ID card (above the black strip) for one of the examples below. If you have any other version, you need to visit an ID card office and have it replaced. All CACs other than these shown below were to be replaced prior to 1 October 2012.
Find out how to flip card over video
Information / download links
Supports Mac OS High Sierra (10.13.x) and Mojave (10.14.x) NOT Catalina (10.15.x)
Purchase PKard from Thursby Software
PKard demo (click Videos tab)
Thursby offers US phone, email, and forums support for the software they've been developing for over 10 years and is 100% made in the USA
If you have Centrify Express installed, you can see / verify if your CAC is blocked.
Select Go > Utilities > Centrify
Double click: Smart Card Assistant
Look under status for: Card is locked
NOTE: If Card status is blank, the card is not blocked
If you are still having problems, contact us.
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Last Update or Review: Tuesday, 24 March 2020 19:34
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