TChilkatScMinidriver Delphi ActiveX Reference Documentation

TChilkatScMinidriver

Current Version: 9.5.0.88

A wrapper around the Microsoft Smart Card Minidriver API.

This class is introduced in Chilkat v9.5.0.87.

Importing the Chilkat ActiveX into Delphi

Important: When upgrading to a new version of Chilkat, make sure to re-imported ActiveX DLL into Delphi to regenerate the files described below.

Two things are required to use an ActiveX in Delphi:

  1. The ActiveX DLL needs to be registered via regsvr32 on the system where the Delphi application runs. See How To Register ActiveX DLLs for detailed information.
  2. See also: ActiveX Registration Tutorial
  3. The ActiveX component needs to be "imported". Use the Delphi Import Component Wizard to import the Chilkat type library. This creates the following files: Chilkat_v9_5_0_TLB.pas and Chilkat_v9_5_0_TLB.dcr. The Chilkat_v9_5_0_TLB.pas should be added to your project.

To import the Chilkat type library, do the following:

  1. In the Delphi RAD Studio, select the menu item "Component" --> "Import a Type Library".
  2. Find "Chilkat ActiveX v9.5.0" in the list and select it. This will only appear in the list if the ChilkatAx-9.5.0-win32.dll (or ChilkatAx-9.5.0-x64.dll) has been registered w/ regsvr32.
  3. Check the "Generate Component Wrappers" checkbox.
  4. Select a directory where the unit files (.pas and .dcr) should be generated.
  5. Select "Create Unit" and then "Finish".
  6. Add the .pas to your Delphi project.

To use a Chilkat ActiveX object in your Delphi code, add "Chilkat_v9_5_0_TLB" to the "uses" statement. For example:

uses
  Winapi.Windows, Winapi.Messages, System.SysUtils, System.Variants, System.Classes, Vcl.Graphics,
  Vcl.Controls, Vcl.Forms, Vcl.Dialogs, Vcl.StdCtrls, Chilkat_v9_5_0_TLB;

Object Creation

var
obj: TChilkatScMinidriver;
...
begin
obj := TChilkatScMinidriver.Create(Self);
...
// When finished, free the object instance.
obj.Free();

Properties

Atr
property Atr: WideString readonly
Introduced in version 9.5.0.87

The ATR of the card in the reader. This property is set by the AquireContext method.

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CardName
property CardName: WideString readonly
Introduced in version 9.5.0.87

The name of the card in the reader. This property is set by the AquireContext method.

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DebugLogFilePath
property DebugLogFilePath: WideString

If set to a file path, causes each Chilkat method or property call to automatically append it's LastErrorText to the specified log file. The information is appended such that if a hang or crash occurs, it is possible to see the context in which the problem occurred, as well as a history of all Chilkat calls up to the point of the problem. The VerboseLogging property can be set to provide more detailed information.

This property is typically used for debugging the rare cases where a Chilkat method call hangs or generates an exception that halts program execution (i.e. crashes). A hang or crash should generally never happen. The typical causes of a hang are:

  1. a timeout related property was set to 0 to explicitly indicate that an infinite timeout is desired,
  2. the hang is actually a hang within an event callback (i.e. it is a hang within the application code), or
  3. there is an internal problem (bug) in the Chilkat code that causes the hang.

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LastBinaryResult
property LastBinaryResult: OleVariant readonly
Introduced in version 9.5.0.52

The binary data returned by the last (binary data returning) method called. Only available if Chilkat.Global.KeepBinaryResult is set to 1. This provides a means for obtaining large varbinary results in the SQL Server environment (where limitations exist in getting large amounts of data returned by method calls, but where temp tables can be used for binary properties).

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LastErrorHtml
property LastErrorHtml: WideString readonly

Provides information in HTML format about the last method/property called. If a method call returns a value indicating failure, or behaves unexpectedly, examine this property to get more information.

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LastErrorText
property LastErrorText: WideString readonly

Provides information in plain-text format about the last method/property called. If a method call returns a value indicating failure, or behaves unexpectedly, examine this property to get more information.

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LastErrorXml
property LastErrorXml: WideString readonly

Provides information in XML format about the last method/property called. If a method call returns a value indicating failure, or behaves unexpectedly, examine this property to get more information.

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LastMethodSuccess
property LastMethodSuccess: Integer
Introduced in version 9.5.0.52

Indicate whether the last method call succeeded or failed. A value of 1 indicates success, a value of 0 indicates failure. This property is automatically set for method calls. It is not modified by property accesses. The property is automatically set to indicate success for the following types of method calls:

  • Any method that returns a string.
  • Any method returning a Chilkat object, binary bytes, or a date/time.
  • Any method returning a standard boolean status value where success = 1 and failure = 0.
  • Any method returning an integer where failure is defined by a return value less than zero.

Note: Methods that do not fit the above requirements will always set this property equal to 1. For example, a method that returns no value (such as a "void" in C++) will technically always succeed.

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LastStringResult
property LastStringResult: WideString readonly
Introduced in version 9.5.0.52

The string return value of the last (string returning) method called. Only available if Chilkat.Global.KeepStringResult is set to 1. This provides a means for obtaining large string results in the SQL Server environment (where limitations exist in getting long strings returned by method calls, but where temp tables can be used for string properties).

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LastStringResultLen
property LastStringResultLen: Integer readonly
Introduced in version 9.5.0.53

The length, in characters, of the string contained in the LastStringResult property.

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MaxContainers
property MaxContainers: Integer readonly
Introduced in version 9.5.0.87

The maximum number of key containers available. The 1st key container is at index 0. Each key container can potentially contain one signature key, and one key exchange key.

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RsaPaddingHash
property RsaPaddingHash: WideString
Introduced in version 9.5.0.87

If an RSA key is used for signing, this is the hash algorithm to used in conjunction with the padding scheme. It can be "SHA1", "SHA256", "SHA384", or "SHA512". The default is "SHA256".

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RsaPaddingScheme
property RsaPaddingScheme: WideString
Introduced in version 9.5.0.87

If an RSA key is used for signing, this is the padding scheme to use. It can be "PKCS" or "PSS". The default is "PSS".

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UncommonOptions
property UncommonOptions: WideString
Introduced in version 9.5.0.87

This is a catch-all property to be used for uncommon needs. This property defaults to the empty string and should typically remain empty.

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VerboseLogging
property VerboseLogging: Integer

If set to 1, then the contents of LastErrorText (or LastErrorXml, or LastErrorHtml) may contain more verbose information. The default value is 0. Verbose logging should only be used for debugging. The potentially large quantity of logged information may adversely affect peformance.

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Version
property Version: WideString readonly

Version of the component/library, such as "9.5.0.63"

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Methods

AcquireContext
function AcquireContext(readerName: WideString): Integer;
Introduced in version 9.5.0.87

Initializes communication with the card inserted in the given reader. Reader names can be discovered via the SCard.ListReaders or SCard.FindSmartcards methods. If successful, the Atr and CardName properties will be set.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

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CardDeleteFile
function CardDeleteFile(dirName: WideString; fileName: WideString): Integer;
Introduced in version 9.5.0.88

Deletes the file specified by dirName and fileName. dirName is the name of the directory that contains the file, or the empty string for root.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

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DeleteCert
function DeleteCert(cert: TChilkatCert; delPrivKey: Integer): Integer;
Introduced in version 9.5.0.88

Deletes a certificate and optionally its associated private key from the smart card. If delPrivKey is 1, then the associated private key, if it exists, is also deleted.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

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DeleteContext
function DeleteContext(): Integer;
Introduced in version 9.5.0.87

This function reverses the effect of AcquireContext and severs the communication between the Base CSP/KSP and the card minidriver. The Atr and CardName properties are cleared.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

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DeleteKeyContainer
function DeleteKeyContainer(containerIndex: Integer): Integer;
Introduced in version 9.5.0.87

Deletes the key container at the given containerIndex. This deletes both the "signature" and "key exchange" keys that may be contained in the specified key container.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

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EnumFiles
function EnumFiles(dirName: WideString; st: TChilkatStringTable): Integer;
Introduced in version 9.5.0.87

Get the list of files in the directory specified by dirName. Pass the empty string for the root directory. The filenames are returned in st.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

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FindCert
function FindCert(certPart: WideString; partValue: WideString; cert: TChilkatCert): Integer;
Introduced in version 9.5.0.87

Finds the certificate where the given certPart equals the partValue. Possible values for certPart are: "subjectDN", "subjectDN_withTags", "subjectCN", "serial", or "serial:issuerCN".

The cert is loaded with the certificate if successful.

Note: If successful, the cert will be linked internally with this ScMinidriver session such that certificate can be used for signing on the smart card when used in other Chilkat classes such as XmlDSigGen, Pdf, Crypt2, Mime, MailMan, etc.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

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GenerateKey
function GenerateKey(containerIndex: Integer; keySpec: WideString; keyType: WideString; keySize: Integer; pinId: WideString): Integer;
Introduced in version 9.5.0.87

Generates a key to be stored in either the "signature" or "key exchange" location within a key container. Creates the key container if it does not already exist. Otherwise replaces the key in the key container.

The keySpec can be "sig" or "kex" to specify either the "signature" or "key exchange" location.

The keyType can be "ecc" or "rsa".

For RSA keys, the keySize is the size of the key in bits, such as 1024, 2048, 4096, etc. (2048 is a typical value.) For ECC keys, the size can be 256, 384, or 521.

The pinId can be "user", or "3" through "7". (It is typically "user".)

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

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GetCardProperties
function GetCardProperties(json: TChilkatJsonObject): Integer;
Introduced in version 9.5.0.87

Gets all card properties and returns them in json. See the example below.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

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GetCert
function GetCert(containerIndex: Integer; keySpec: WideString; cert: TChilkatCert): Integer;
Introduced in version 9.5.0.87

Get the certificate at the specified containerIndex and keySpec. The keySpec can be "sig" or "kex" to specify either the "signature" or "key exchange" location within the container. The containerIndex can be -1 to choose the first key container with a certificate. The keySpec can also be "any" to choose either "sig" or "kex" based on which is present, with preference given to "sig" if both are present.

The cert is loaded with the certificate if successful.

Note: If successful, the cert will be linked internally with this ScMinidriver session such that certificate can be used for signing on the smart card when used in other Chilkat classes such as XmlDSigGen, Pdf, Crypt2, Mime, MailMan, etc.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

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GetContainerKeys
function GetContainerKeys(containerIndex: Integer; sigKey: TPublicKey; kexKey: TPublicKey): Integer;
Introduced in version 9.5.0.87

Queries a key container to get the keys that are present. If the signature public key is present, it is returned in sigKey. If the key exchange key is present, it is returned in kexKey.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

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GetCspContainerMap
function GetCspContainerMap(json: TChilkatJsonObject): Integer;
Introduced in version 9.5.0.87

Returns the contents of the CSP container map file (cmapfile). The information is returned in the json. This gives an overview of what key containers and certificates exist in the smart card from a CSP's point of view. See the example linked below.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

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ImportCert
function ImportCert(cert: TChilkatCert; containerIndex: Integer; keySpec: WideString; pinId: WideString): Integer;
Introduced in version 9.5.0.87

Imports a certificate with its private key onto the smart card. The cert must have an accessible private key, such as will be the case if the cert was loaded from a .pfx/.p12, or if the cert was loaded from a Windows certificate store where the private key exists (and can be exported from the Windows certificate store).

The containerIndex is the container index. It can range from 0 to the MaxContainers-1.

The keySpec can be "sig" or "kex" to specify either the "signature" or "key exchange" location within the container.

The pinId can be "user", or "3" through "7". (It is typically "user".)

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

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ImportKey
function ImportKey(containerIndex: Integer; keySpec: WideString; privKey: TPrivateKey; pinId: WideString): Integer;
Introduced in version 9.5.0.87

Imports a key to be stored in either the "signature" or "key exchange" location within a key container. Creates the key container if it does not already exist. Otherwise replaces the specified key in the key container.

The keySpec can be "sig" or "kex" to specify either the "signature" or "key exchange" location.

The privKey is the private key to import.

The ARG5 can be "user", or "3" through "7". (It is typically "user".)

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

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ListCerts
function ListCerts(certPart: WideString; st: TChilkatStringTable): Integer;
Introduced in version 9.5.0.87

Lists the certs found on the smart card. The certPart indicates the information to be returned from each certificate. Possible values are: "subjectDN", "subjectDN_withTags", "subjectCN", "serial", or "serial:issuerCN". The information is returned in st.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

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PinAuthenticate
function PinAuthenticate(pinId: WideString; pin: WideString): Integer;
Introduced in version 9.5.0.87

Performs regular PIN authentication. The pinId can be "user", "admin", or "3" through "7". (It is typically "user".) The pin is the alphanumeric PIN.

Returns 0 for success. If not successful, the return value indicates the number of attempts remaining before the PIN is locked. (The number of times an incorrect PIN may be presented to the card before the PIN is blocked, and requires the admin to unblock it.) If the PIN is already blocked, the return value is -1. If the method fails for some other reason, such as if a context has not yet been acquired, the return value is -2.

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PinAuthenticateHex
function PinAuthenticateHex(pinId: WideString; pin: WideString): Integer;
Introduced in version 9.5.0.87

The same as PinAutheneticate, but the PIN is passed as a hex string. For example, to pass a PIN of 0x01, 0x02, 0x03, 0x04, pass "01020304".

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PinChange
function PinChange(pinId: WideString; currentPin: WideString; newPin: WideString): Integer;
Introduced in version 9.5.0.87

Changes a PIN. The pinId can be "user", "admin", or "3" through "7". (It is typically "user".) The currentPin is the current alphanumeric PIN. The newPin is the new PIN.

Returns 0 for success. If not successful, the return value indicates the number of attempts remaining before the PIN is locked. (The number of times an incorrect PIN may be presented to the card before the PIN is blocked, and requires the admin to unblock it.) If the PIN is already blocked, the return value is -1. If the method fails for some other reason, such as if a context has not yet been acquired, the return value is -2.

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PinDeauthenticate
function PinDeauthenticate(pinId: WideString): Integer;
Introduced in version 9.5.0.87

Reverses a previous PIN authentication without resetting the card. The pinId can be "user", "admin", or "3" through "7". (It is typically "user".)

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

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ReadFile
function ReadFile(dirName: WideString; fileName: WideString; bd: TChilkatBinData): Integer;
Introduced in version 9.5.0.87

Reads the entire file specified by dirName and fileName into bd. dirName is the name of the directory that contains the file, or the empty string for root.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

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SignData
function SignData(containerIndex: Integer; keySpec: WideString; hashDataAlg: WideString; bdData: TChilkatBinData; bdSignedData: TChilkatBinData): Integer;
Introduced in version 9.5.0.87

Signs the data passed in bdData. The hashDataAlg can be "sha1", "sha256", "sha384", "sha512", or "none". If not equal to "none", then the hash of the data passed in bdData is signed.

The containerIndex specifies the key container. By specifying the key container, you are almost specifying the key. A key container can contain two keys: A signature key, and a key-exchange key. The keySpec indicates which of these two keys to use. keySpec should be set to "sig" or "kex".

Note: The type of signature created, such as RSA or ECC, is determined by the type of key that exists in the key container (specified by containerIndex and keySpec). If it is an RSA key, additional options can be specified via the RsaPaddingScheme and RsaPaddingHash properties.

If successful, the signature is written to bdSignedData.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

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WriteFile
function WriteFile(dirName: WideString; fileName: WideString; bd: TChilkatBinData): Integer;
Introduced in version 9.5.0.87

Writes the entire file specified by dirName and fileName. dirName is the name of the directory that contains the file, or the empty string for root. The entire contents of bd are written to the file on the smart card.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

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