Lately, I’ve been working on setting up a Personal Package Archive ([PPA](https://help.launchpad.net/Packaging/PPA)) to use when provisioning servers with custom packages.
In order to host packages on a Launchpad PPA, one must first upload _signed_ source packages. Since I use a Mac and [keep my PGP signing key on a Smartcard](https://spin.atomicobject.com/2014/02/09/gnupg-openpgp-smartcard/), I needed to find a way to connect my Smartcard reader to a virtual machine running Ubuntu. After a bit of research, I found an easy way to do this with Vagrant, VirtualBox, and the standard precise64 basebox.
First, we need to download and install [Vagrant](http://www.vagrantup.com/downloads.html) (version 1.4.1 at the time of this writing), and [Virtualbox](https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads) (version 4.3.8 at the time of this writing).
Then add the precise64 basebox:
vagrant box add precise64 http://files.vagrantup.com/precise64.box
2. Finding the VendorId and ProductId
Next we need to connect our USB device to our VM. VirtualBox gives us [several ways](https://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch03.html#idp55564064) of doing so. The most convenient one, in my opinion, is to use a “usbfilter” to automatically connect the device to our guest whenever it is attached to the host.
Attach the device to the host and run `VBoxManage list usbhost` to get a detailed description of all of the USB devices attached to the host. Make note of the `VendorId` and `ProductId`. We will use those to add the filter. Here’s what the entry for my Smartcard looks like:
$ VBoxManage list usbhost ... UUID: 2058baec-34f0-43d8-be51-cd12449ebea4 VendorId: 0x08e6 (08E6) ProductId: 0x3438 (3438) Revision: 2.0 (0200) Port: 3 USB version/speed: 0/1 Manufacturer: Gemalto Product: USB SmartCard Reader SerialNumber: 3C8DXXXX Address: p=0x3438;v=0x08e6;s=0x0000707e98379971;l=0xfa130000 Current State: Captured
## 3. Adding a usbfilter to a Vagrantfile
Now that we have the VendorId and ProductId, we can add a ‘usbfilter’ as a [VBoxManage Customization](http://docs.vagrantup.com/v2/virtualbox/configuration.html) to our Vagrantfile:
# Add usb filter to attach SmartCard reader config.vm.provider :virtualbox do |vb| vb.customize ['modifyvm', :id, '--usb', 'on'] vb.customize ['usbfilter', 'add', '0', '--target', :id, '--name', 'SmartCard', '--vendorid', '0x08e6', '--productid', '0x3438'] end
Where the `–vendorid`(e.g.`0x08e6`) and `–productid` (`0x3438`) come from the listing for our device we found above.
Here’s a complete Vagrantfile:
VAGRANTFILE_API_VERSION = "2" Vagrant.configure(VAGRANTFILE_API_VERSION) do |config| config.vm.box = "precise64" config.vm.box_url = "http://files.vagrantup.com/precise64.box" # Add usb filter to attach SmartCard reader config.vm.provider :virtualbox do |vb| vb.customize ['modifyvm', :id, '--usb', 'on'] vb.customize ['usbfilter', 'add', '0', '--target', :id, '--name', 'SmartCard', '--vendorid', '0x08e6', '--productid', '0x3438'] end end
If we `vagrant up` with this Vagrantfile, plug in our device, and `vagrant ssh` into the VM, we should be able to see it:
$ vagrant ssh Welcome to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.2.0-23-generic x86_64) * Documentation: https://help.ubuntu.com/ Welcome to your Vagrant-built virtual machine. Last login: Fri Sep 14 06:23:18 2012 from 10.0.2.2 vagrant@precise64:~$ lsusb Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub Bus 001 Device 002: ID 08e6:3438 Gemplus GemPC Key SmartCard Reader vagrant@precise64:~$
## 4. Using the Smartcard Reader with Ubuntu
Now that we have our device attached, we need to do a few more things to be able to use it with GnuPG. First, we need to install `pcscd` the PC/SC Daemon.
`sudo apt-get install pcscd`
(This will also install libccid, the library which happens to support my reader.)
Then, we need to reload udev so that it will load the new rules provided by the libccid package:
`sudo reload udev`
These rules (in `/lib/udev/rules.d/92-libccid.rules`) will automatically change the permissions on our USB device as soon as it is attached so that the pcscd process can access it.
Now, if we unplug our device and plug it back in, we should be able to use it with GnuPG:
We should see our card details and the list of keys it holds.
In order to get stubs added to `~/.gnupg/secring.gpg`, do the following dance:
$ gpg --card-edit > fetch ... > quit
$ gpg --card-status
Now we should see the stubs for our keys in our keyring (
gpg -K) and be able to use them for signing and decryption.
– [VirtualBox Manual – 3.10. USB support](https://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch03.html#idp55564064)
– [Vagrant Docs – VBoxManage Customizations](http://docs.vagrantup.com/v2/virtualbox/configuration.html)
– [Mindflakes – Mount USB devices in Virtualbox-based Vagrant](http://www.mindflakes.com/blog/posts/2013/7/24/mount-usb-devices-in-virtualbox-based-vagrant/)
– [Ludovic Rousseau blog – Configuring your system for pcscd auto-start](http://ludovicrousseau.blogspot.com/2010/12/configuring-your-system-for-pcscd-auto.html)
– [File list of package libccid in precise of architecture amd64](http://packages.ubuntu.com/precise/amd64/libccid/filelist)
Thanks for the tip!
I’m glad you found it useful!
$ VBoxManage list usbhost
Host USB Devices:
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