Re: Digital signatures in the browser

Depending on what you mean by "smartcard" and how flexible your needs are,
FIDO U2F can be used to accomplish this in Chrome and Firefox today with no
additional software. Though U2F is an authentication standard, what it
exposes to the browser is effectively an API for performing ECDSA
signatures (w\ NIST P-256 elliptic curve) using an origin-specific key.

On Wed, Mar 7, 2018 at 8:05 AM, NAZARE GONCALVES Bruno Goncalo <> wrote:

> Dear Web Security IG,
> I'm currently working for the European Parliament, looking for upcoming
> solutions to the problem of creating digital signatures with a smartcard
> directly from a web page, without resorting to additional software.
> Thus, I would like to ask if there are any efforts currently underway to
> support this use case or if any will be undertaken in the foreseeable
> future.
> I'm aware of the following initiatives that could be somewhat related:
>  - WebCrypto Key Discovery (
> )
>  - Web API For Accessing Secure Element (http://globalplatform.github.
> io/WebApis-for-SE/doc/)
>  - Hardware Based Secure Services features (
> websec/gh-pages/hbss.html)
> Have these been considered already? If so, what's the current sentiment
> surrounding them? If not, are there any plans to analyse these or similar
> solutions in the foreseeable future?
> Best Regards,
> Functional Analyst External Provider
> European Parliament
> Directorate-General for Innovation and Technological Support
> Directorate for Development and Support
> Evolution and Maintenance Unit
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