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System Management Concepts: Operating System and Devices
Note: The information in this section is specific to
The PKCS #11 subsystem provides applications a method for accessing
hardware devices (tokens) in a device neutral manner. The content in
this document conforms to Version 2.01 of the PKCS #11 standard.
This subsystem has been implemented using three components:
- A slot manager daemon (pkcsslotd) which provides the subsystem
with information regarding the state of available hardware devices.
This deamon is started automatically during installation and when the system
- An API shared object (/usr/lib/pkcs11/pkcs11_API.so) is
provided as a generic interface to the adapters for which PKCS #11 support has
- An adapter specific library which provides the PKCS #11 support for the
adapter. This tiered design allows the user to easily use new PKCS #11
devices when they come available with no recompilations of existing
For detailed information on implementing the PKCS #11 subsystem, see PKCS #11 Overview in AIX 5L Version 5.1 System Management
Guide: Operating System and Devices.
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