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Significant Updates in eID Software Version 3.9

02.07.2014

There are several major changes in version 3.9 of eID software released on July 1, 2014: several significant digital signing problems of the users of two operating systems have been solved, and version usage blocker and timestamp support have been added to the software.

The new software version fixes the problems that occurred when giving a signature with mobile-ID in the Mac OS X operating system. The software now also supports Linux and the Chrome web browser*. All e-services have not yet adopted the new module. Therefore, if signing fails in a service, please be patient and use another browser as a temporary solution, e.g. Firefox.

We recommend providers of e-services who have not yet managed to carry out the update to create support for the new Chrome module as soon as possible. Detailed information for developers

Another new feature is the possibility to block usage of software versions, so that ID-card users are protected if necessary. This possibility eliminates risks in case a vulnerability should occur in the ID-software. The new feature enables quick reaction when a weakness is detected, and blocking usage of that specific version of the ID-software. The software checks the central database regularly to see if the version is safe and supported. If the check fails for seven or more days in a row, the software will issue a warning to the user. More detailed information about the warning

If the installed software version is no longer supported or updating of the softwre fails for 12 months in a row, the user will not be able to run the digidoc client application and an error message along with a request to update the software will be displayed.

It will become easier to use the access certificate in DigiDoc3. The default access certificate will be installed with the software and regular users will not have to bother with it anymore.

Users of the Windows operating system can download the new software from installer.id.ee, users of Mac OS X from Apple's App Store, and users of Ubuntu will get the software update from the system. Should a notification of automatic software update appear on your screen, we recommend to accept the update.

Developers and integrators can now test the new international RFC3161-standard compliant BDOC with timestamp support (in the libdigidocpp library). This is a step towards compatibility, as the time tags used in Estonia are not used in other countries. Those for whom international compatibility of digital signatures is important should test the new library and give feedback to the Certification Centre (support at sk dot ee). Information about time stamp test service.  

There are also new versions of libraries available for developers.

A full list of updates can be found at id.ee. The same webpage also lists the latest versions of the components of ID software.

Starting from the previous software version, it is possible to give and verify signatures in the BDOC format. From mid-June, signatures are created in BDOC format by default in the DigiDoc portal. BDOC format signatures can also be given in the software using the Finnish ID-card. Guide

In 2015, Estonia plans a transition from DDOC signature format to BDOC. BDOC is based on standards that all member states of the European Union will have to accept in the near future. The plan at present is that from the next software version, BDOC will become the default preferred signature format. This means that new signatures will be created in the BDOC format. During the transition period, DDOC signatures can also be given.

Starting from early 2015, mobile-IDs based on a technology of elliptic curves will be issued, with which signatures can only be given in the BDOC format, as DDOC does not support the elliptic curves technology.

The next version of eID software will probably be released in January 2015.

 

* Support for certain modules is gradually discontinued in the Chrome web browser, and the module for signing with an ID-card in the web that has been used since 2010 is one of these. The Linux operating system was the first.

Source: Estonian Information System Authority


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