I am running Windows 7 inside VMWare Player on a Linux host. I want to use a USB smart card reader but it is not working. The client app reports: “No Card Detected“, but it appears to recognize that the “reader” is connected and working. The Windows driver “Microsoft Usbccid Smartcard Reader (WUDF)” also reports “This device is working properly”.
I had this setup working (with the same virtual machine) on an earlier version of Linux and with an earlier VMWare Player. At that time, I had used the following addition to the .vmx file to get things working:
uhci.syncWriteback = "TRUE" usb.generic.skipsetconfig = "TRUE" usb.generic.allowCCID = "TRUE"
After a new Linux install, including new VMware Player, I can no longer use my smart card with the Windows 7 virtual machine. Is there a new trick to get this working?
- Distro: Linux Mint 10 Julia
- Kernel: 2.6.35-28-generic (64-bit)
- Player: 3.1.2 (corresponds to Workstation 7.1.2?)
Non working versions:
- Distro: Linux Mint 14 Nadia, 3.5.0-28-generic (64-bit)
- Distro: Linux Mint 15 Olivia, 3.8.0-25-generic (64-bit)
- Player: 4.0.6-1035888.x86_64
- Player: 5.0.2-1031769.x86_64
- Player: 3.1.6-744570.x86_64 (was unable to install due to kernel version)
It isn’t clear whether this problem was introduced by the kernel change or by the VMware change.
Host access test (Linux-side)
$ sudo openct-control init [ ~ ] $ sudo openct-tool wait Card detected [ ~ ] $ sudo openct-control status No. Name Info =================================================== 0 CCID Compatible slot0: card present
The following command reports failure, but interestingly, turns on the green light.
$ sudo openct-tool read Detected CCID Compatible Card present, status changed failed to read memory card: Operation not supported
Follow up: I got identical results when running this test in a Linux client (3.0.0-16-generic).
Things to try
- Test openct utility as Linux guest [done]
- Use VirtualBox
- Contact technical support: ActivKey on LinkedIn, HID Globalenter link description here
- Use a dedicated second computer just for VPN — with access to a file-share (or USB drive)
- Setup VPN directly from Linux (host or guest)
- Install a Linux distro with the old kernel (Mint 9)
This is a known issue answered in the following KB: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2000350&plainview=true
- in linux terminal issue lsusb commend to see what the vendor and product id of your smart card reader
- Open your .vmx file in a text editor
- Add this line, replacing and with the values you found earlier:
usb.quirks.device0 = “0x:0x allow”
Example: For the Apple device found in step 2, this line is:
usb.quirks.device0 = “0x05ac:0x8240 allow”
- Save and close the .vmx file.