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SafeNet Authentication Client– Desktop Software for PKI-Based Authentication Management

SafeNet Authentication Client (SAC) – is a middleware client that manages Gemalto’s extensive SafeNet portfolio of certificate-based authenticators, including eToken, IDPrime smart cards, iKey smart card, USB and software-based devices. Offering full backward compatibility and incorporating features from previous middleware versions, SafeNet Authentication Client ensures complete support for all currently deployed eToken and iKey devices, as well as IDPrime MD and .NET smart cards.

SafeNet Authentication Client links applications to Gemalto's PKI authenticators, providing full local administration and support for multiple advanced security applications such as digital signing, pre-boot authentication and disk encryption, SafeNet Authentication Client generates and stores private keys on-board highly secure smart card-based authenticators, allowing users to securely carry all their digital credentials wherever they go.

Leverage your PKI Solution for multiple Use Cases
SafeNet Authentication Client Diagram

A Unified Solution for All Users

SafeNet Authentication Client is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, so your organization can take full advantage of certificate-based security solutions ranging from strong authentication, encryption and digital signing, from virtually any device, including mobile. Gemalto’s MobilePKI solutions are fully compatible with SafeNet Authentication Client and allow organizations to easily extend PKI security to mobile devices.

Supported SafeNet Authenticators:

SafeNet Authentication Client Specifications

Windows Operating Systems Supported

  • Windows 2008 R2 SP1 (32-bit, 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 SP2 (32-bit, 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 (64-bit)
  • Windows 7 SP1 (32-bit, 64-bit)
  • Windows 8 (32-bit, 64-bit)
  • Windows 8.1 (32-bit, 64-bit)
  • Windows 10 (32-bit, 64-bit)

Mac Operating Systems Supported

   OS X 10.9, 10.10 

Linux Operating Systems Supported

  • Ubuntu 13.10, 14.04, CentOS 6.6, 7.0, Red Hat 6.6, 7.0, USE
  • USE Linux enterprise desktop 11.3, 12.0, Fedora 20, Debian 7.7

 Supported APIs

  • PKCS#11 V2.20, MS CryptoAPI and CNG (CSP, KSP), Mac Keychain (TokenD), PC/SC

Supported Cryptographic Algorithms

  • 3DES, SHA-1, SHA-256, RSA up to 2048-bit, Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC)

Supported CAs

  • Microsoft
  • Entrust
  • VeriSign 

Supported Browsers

  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Edge (does not support certificate enrollment)
  • Chrome (does not support certificate enrollment)


  • Transparently operates with any standard certificate-based security application
  • Consolidated & simplified management tools allow users to manage their own cards/tokens and certificates
  • Supports secure access, data encryption and digital signing—all with a single authenticator
  • Streamlines security operations by allowing organizations to deploy multiple security applications on a single platform
  • Allows organizations to use certificate-enabled security capabilities from any client or server thanks to multi-platform support


  • Strong two-factor authentication for network and data protection
  • Support for Common Criteria and FIPs certified devices
  • Enables local administration and usage of devices
  • Support for full client customization, including security configuration, policies and user interface
  • Seamless integration with any certificate-enabled application
    based on industry standard APIs
  • Enables enhanced password management applications for
    protecting PCs and securing onsite local network access, using
    eToken Network Logon or Gemalto IDGo Credential Provider
  • Support for Virtual Keyboard enables you to enter passwords without using a physical keyboard, providing protection against kernel level keyloggers
  • Common look and feel across all platforms
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