Login and keychain authentication

macOS Sierra (10.12) ships with an improved SmartCard integration, including support for SmartCard Extensions1, an updated CCID driver and bug fixes on the PC/SC framework2. This translates into a clean and simple configuration for using a Yubikey to login to the macOS.

The login screen as well as Keychain-related operations will show a PIN placeholder instead of Password if the Yubikey is plugged in and has been paired before.


  1. https://developer.apple.com/library/content/releasenotes/MacOSX/WhatsNewInOSX/Articles/OSXv10.html

  2. https://ludovicrousseau.blogspot.pt/2016/09/macos-sierra-and-smart-cards-status.html

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