Access security tokens and the cryptographic assets they store.
- macOS 10.10+
You use the CryptoTokenKit framework to easily access cryptographic tokens. Tokens are physical devices that can be built in to the system, located on attached hardware (like a smart card), or accessible through a network connection. Tokens store cryptographic objects like keys and certificates. They also may perform operations—for example, encryption or digital signature verification—using these objects. You use the framework to work with a token’s assets as if they were part of your system, even though they remain secured by the token.
You can also use the framework to enable a token for two-factor authentication in macOS. Authentication services manage associations between users and identities stored on a token, granting users access when the appropriate token is present and unlocked. You supply a token driver in the form of an app extension that bridges the gap between authentication services and the underlying token hardware.