03 Apr 2020 | Using CAC with Mac OS Catalina and Safari
After spending an unbelievable amount of time trying to get this working, I figured I’d throw together some steps to help anyone else out.
- For Catalina, you need to uninstall all 3rd party CAC enablers. You can do that by following these instructions
- Apple also gave the following guidance which I followed.
- I was never able to pair my smart card to the OS, until I found this article. The important command here was
sc_auth pairing_ui -s enable which started pairing. After this, I was able to login to the OS using my CAC.
- Lastly, I blew away all certs in my keychain - this seems to play an important role. You can find these by pressing command + space and launching “Keychain Access”. Under login > Certificates - I had a bunch of crap. I blew away the entire folder, then from scratch, followed Step 5 from these instructions
After that, nothing changed until I rebooted, at which point I was finally able to get a cert prompt and CAC in to DoD websites.
Hopefully this helps someone.