pkcs11-tool (1) - Linux Man Pages
pkcs11-tool: utility for managing and using PKCS #11 security tokens
pkcs11-tool - utility for managing and using PKCS #11 security tokens
The pkcs11-tool utility is used to manage the data objects on smart cards and similar PKCS #11 security tokens. Users can list and read PINs, keys and certificates stored on the token. User PIN authentication is performed for those operations that require it.
- Authenticate to the token before performing other operations. This option is not needed if a PIN is provided on the command line.
--pin pin, -p pin
Use the given
for token operations. WARNING: Be careful using this option as other users may be able to read the command line from the system or if it is embedded in a script.
This option will also set the --login option.
- Use the given pin as the Security Officer PIN for some token operations (token initialization, user PIN initialization, etc). The same warning as --pin also applies here.
- Initializes a token: set the token label as well as a Security Officer PIN (the label must be specified using --label).
- Initializes the user PIN. This option differs from --change-pin in that it sets the user PIN for the first time. Once set, the user PIN can be changed using --change-pin.
- Change the user PIN on the token
- Performs some tests on the token. This option is most useful when used with either --login or --pin.
- Displays general token information.
- Displays a list of available slots on the token.
- Displays a list of mechanisms supported by the token.
- Displays a list of objects.
- Sign some data.
- Hash some data.
--mechanism mechanism, -m mechanism
- Use the specified mechanism for token operations. See -M for a list of mechanisms supported by your token.
- Generate a new key pair (public and private pair.)
--write-object id, -w id
- Write a key or certificate object to the token.
--type type, -y type
- Specify the type of object to operate on. Examples are cert, privkey and pubkey.
--id id, -d id
- Specify the id of the object to operate on.
--label name, -a name
- Specify the name of the object to operate on (or the token label when --init-token is used).
- Specify the id of the slot to use.
- Specify the name of the slot to use.
--set-id id, -e id
- Set the CKA_ID of the object.
- Extract information from path (DER-encoded certificate file) and create the corresponding attributes when writing an object to the token. Example: the certificate subject name is used to create the CKA_SUBJECT attribute.
--input-file path, -i path
- Specify the path to a file for input.
--output-file path, -o path
- Specify the path to a file for output.
- Specify a PKCS#11 module (or library) to load.
--moz-cert path, -z path
- Tests a Mozilla-like keypair generation and certificate request. Specify the path to the certificate file.
- Causes pkcs11-tool to be more verbose. Specify this flag several times to enable debug output in the OpenSC library.