> All the HSMs I've worked with start their system daemons automatically;
> but the applications using them must still authenticate themselves to
> the HSM before keys can be used.  How do the cards you've worked with
> authenticate the application if no PINs are involved?

Sorry, I wasn't clear enough.  When I think PIN I think of a keypad and 
secure channel to the HSM.  Not the name/password used by the application. 
 For that, of course, you're right -- the application needs it.


STSM, DataPower CTO
WebSphere Appliance Architect

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