Because I actually got some requests on how to accomplish this on my previous Belgium eID post, a more technical post here… It’s a bit chaotic, so I hope you’ll figure the details out on your own 🙂

I’m not reinventing wheels here. All of the things are loosely based on , and  , and there even was a word document i can’t seem to find anymore…

You can have this up and running in less then an hour.


  • Active Directory Domain Services
  • Active Directory Certificate Services with Enterprise CA (in good circumstances, this role is NOT installed on your DC…)
  • Some server or workstation (Windows Desktop or Terminal Server or whatever where you want your users to log-on)



Basically, the certificate chain consists of end-entity -> intermediate -> root ( -> globalsign, FEDICT made 2 roots)

Root needs to be in “Trusted Root Certification Authorities”, intermediate needs to be in “Intermediate Certificate Authorities” of all involved machines: DC, client, server.

Download all useful certificates from (please script this)

“useful” meaning:

  • non expired root certificates
  • all non expired citizen intermediate certificates
  • (foreigner if your use case needs this)

For easy deployment: create a new group policy, and add the root’s to “Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Public Key Policies\Trusted Root Certification Authorities” and the intermediates to the “Intermediate Certificate Authorities” store in the same location.

Deploy this GPO to all servers involved: Domain Controllers, IIS, RDP, …


Make sure the “Kerberos Authentication” certificate template is made available for Domain Controllers on your freshly installed CA, DC’s have enrolled them, and have them actually available in the certlm.msc (this is the newer version of Domain Controller Authentication template, which is a newer version of the very original Domain Controller template). On of them good enough). Make sure your general PKI is healthy.


Create a user.

Export the authentication certificate from the smart card (either with the Be eID viewer or using certmgr.msc).

The mapping of a Be eID to an active directory user happens in Active Directory Users and Computers (dsa.msc). Go to a user, right mouse click, name mapping, and add the exported version of the Be eID authentication certificate here.


The DC’s also need a modification in the registry

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

"CRLTimeoutPeriod "=dword:00000001



Note: the new 2017 BE eID’s don’t require the AllowCertificatesWithNoEKU and AllowSignatureOnlyKeys  anymore (as they actually set the correct EKU), old eID’s do.
CRL timeout is also not really required  if outgoing network access allows it.


IIS/Terminal Server/Windows logon

Always install the eID middleware, download from

And set the same registry keys again

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

"CRLTimeoutPeriod "=dword:00000001


Same notes on regkeys as above, for the newest eID’s only ForceReadingAllCertificates is really required.
ForceReadingAllCertificates is needed because the smart card contains 2 certs.

Windows Logon

You can use a eID for regular logon on a physical machine (with a reader – think cherry keyboard or terminals)

On the lock screen, logon but select smart card.
Rest should be self explanatory.

RDP host

It’s best to set an gateway in between, as NLA sometimes blocks smart card logon (or disable NLA, but not recommended).

Under normal operations, use mstsc to connect to an RDP, in the authentication windows select the correct smart card (authentication) and logon.

Once connected, you’ll notice a 1-4 seconds delay, just give it some time to tunnel the reader over the rdp connection and logon will occur.

On the computer you are using to connect to the RDP server, also set the registry keys and install the eID middleware (driver for the smart card), see below for more info.


To be updated…

Basically use the iisClientCertificateMappingAuthentication, which needs to installed as an additional feature, and us that from there on. It’s also possible to cover the mapping directly in asp. Will update this part if I find some time.


The machine you’re actually working on, and connecting to the servers above.

Install the eID middleware, download from

The chip on the eID itself contains 2 certificates: 1 meant for signing, 1 for authenticating.

By default, Windows only reads the 1 certificate on a smart card, and tries to use that one to authenticate. On the Belgium eID’s, this is the signing one. (plus, with pre-2017 certificates, it has a wrong EKU). So we need to configure the Windows Client to actually read both certificates and allow certificates without EKU… (Note, in the 2017 eID’s the correct EKU, client authentication, is actually set, but still on the 2nd certificate)

Registry keys!

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


"CRLTimeoutPeriod "=dword:00000001

Also, same comments on regkeys as earlier.


There are some limitations for this solution, such as the certificate-user mapping process, deployment of eID certificates to servers, exceptions when someone lost his eID, etc…

At tSF we did try to fix those limitations, using extra policies when a user forgot their smart card and give them an exception on the authentication policy, and by building some extra tools to manage all this way easier.

But of course I can’t share those… =)

Other way around, if you’re interested, you’re always free to contact tSF: 😉


A cool trick that was shown a couple of years ago, called BadUSB, turns random USB devices into possible snooping devices.

What if you plugin a USB-stick you found on the street and it turns out to open up an Internet Browser and steers you into a specific website, downloading and launching an application? USB has many profiles, so instead of a “mass storage device” (what you would expect from a USB drive that looks like an mass storage device) it imitates a HID device such as a keyboard or mouse… So your “drive” becomes a keyboard!
Automate some pre-defined keystrokes that randomly start after plugging in the USB device, like windows-logo+r, type, press enter a couple of times, and then run the same with %userprofile%\downloads\runme.exe and you’ll be pretty close running your executable without any user interaction!

Edit 26/05/2016: Exactly like this:

Not that many technologies exist to prevent this from happening on Windows though… But I found some document on irongeek explaining how to block USB devices using Group :Policy. (local policy can also be used, you don’t need to have a domainjoined computer):

Open your local policy editor, open up “Computer Configuration->Administrative Templates->System->Device Installation->Device Installation Restrictions”, and start messing around 🙂


local group policy settings

I started with checking which USB devices were already known on my computer… You can use, always awesome, nirsoft’s “USBDevview” to have a look at your USB history.

So, I deleted all history, with the idea to start clean.
After deleting everything, I let Windows re-discover all devices default to my laptop.
Next, I started plugging some USB devices I owned and let it register and install.

Then, the actual blocking policy was enabled.

Another USB-device I didn’t install for testing purposes was plugged into my computer. And nothing happened.
Perfect 😎

I still needed to install that device anyway, but starting device manager with administrative credentials, allowed me to overrule the blocking policy, and to install the USB device for future use…
(Note: once a USB device is “installed”/”registered” into windows, it can be plugged in an used anytime in the future without the admin-overrule technique…)
Or you can start defining classes of usb devices, manufacturers, etc… Just check irongeek’s page 🙂




datatraveler not being used


update driver as administrator


good to go


datatraveler active!

All official Belgium eID applications are eventually wrappers around the by FedICT provided eid-sdk, which on its turn is a Java applet… This Java applet has the possibility to authenticate any known Belgium eID against FedICT’s database. Even FedICT’s FAS service can be used as a saml-compatible authententication provider (adfs!)… But you don’t always want to use Java, or FAS…

Did you know, you can fully integrate the Belgium eID in a Windows environment?

Yes, ADFS, yes RDP, yes Windows logons, yes IIS… The fun part, it’s all built-in and you don’t need Java, and you don’t need FAS! ❤
Downside: you’ll need to do some user mapping yourself: your servers still need to map you to an account, and it still needs to authorize that account… So a little administrative overhead here (with FAS FedICT does this for you)

There are some other tricks needed, as for example to enable your client to read both certificates on the smartcard, and to map your eid to a “Windows” user account, but when that’s set-up, you’re good to go!


The key to all this is the implicit certificate mapping feature of Active Directory Certificate Services working together with an enterprise PKI.




For IIS, the “SSLVerifyClient require” http specification is used to leverage cert-based client authentication. This should even work in other HTTP-servers, and in all major browsers.

Local auth

For the tricks above, you’ll need a functional Active Directory including integrated enterprise PKI environment.

Thanks to Vincent of mysmartcardlogon you can also run it stand-alone on your computer!
Unless you’re running Windows Enterprise, like me 😦
Plus, my laptop doesn’t has a built-in cardreader, so it’s ugly having to take an USB-cardreader to logon at mornings 🙂

The why?

Strong “Multi-factor” authentication is strong.
A certificate in either a virtual or a physical smartcard is always a bunch more secure than a password you’ll have to remember as a simple human being.

And an eID is obligatory in Belgium, you have to buy it anyway, so why buy yet another token for Multifactor AuthN from a 3th party provider instead of the one you already have?

It’s not confidential or secret technology, so if you’re interested in the exact how and what, just leave a comment 🙂

There are really some huge flaws in this system…

To bad actually, because it’s a nice thing!

Let’s show you my setup:

exe rules script rules

So everyone can run executables and scripts signed by my selfsigned codesigning certificate and the juniper ones.
Everyone can execute from %programfiles% and %windows (default rule) and Everyone from a safe directory called “epic tools” on my skydrive.
And 2 file-path exceptions for keepass and onecal…

Almost the same for powershell, with specific hash-rule for my powershellprofile (which can go now because it’s signed by the selfsigned cert)

Anyway, %desktop% is blocked for all normal users.

Bypass Applocker’s PowerShell policy

Let’s try to run a ps1 file located on the desktop.

"C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe" "-Command" "if((Get-ExecutionPolicy ) -ne 'AllSigned') { Set-ExecutionPolicy -Scope Process Bypass }; & 'C:\Users\mendel\Desktop\applockertest\helloworld.ps1'"

I noticed this one when running a powershell script and invoking it from rightmouseclick (run with powershell) and used procmon to find the exact launch command…

(The rightmouseclick “run with powershell” is only available in the context menu if you have the “.ps1” extension associated with notepad… WTF)

And of course there are more: , .
This one is also nice!

Bypass Applocker’s exe policy

Multiple bugs/exploits for this are known. As for example the ones from Casey Smith

CaptureI just used Case’s code to PoC this 🙂

Basically, just block everything!

Device Guard

A new feature in Windows 10 might be a solution for all of this 🙂

We’ll see, we’ll see…

Ok, let’s get it over with. Once and for all a decent how-to to setup Authentication Mechanism Assurance (AMA) in Active Directory Domain Services…

The last time I talked about this, is when I just found out of it existence at techet, in a talk by Hasain Alshakarti and Marcus Murray .

It basically shows a difference in group memberships between logging in using a regular username/password , and logging in using smarcards. If you login with a password you’ll become a normal user, when you logon with a smartcard you’re an admin! 🙂

The Microsoft step-by-step guide however is a bit long, and a bit clumsy… So here a quick rewrite 🙂

➡ Required components: a Windows Server, a PKI (or the default one in ADDS whatever), and some time.

CA Templates

First, we’ll have to create a new certificate template.
Open the certificate template management console, and go to the templates.

Lets start by duplicating the “smartcard logon” one. Choose 2008R2 for everything.

This default template should be good, 1 little thing needs to change.

Open the template, go to the extensions tab. And you see the issuance policies. Here you’ll need to add a new one.

Give it some useful name, for example “server admin” or whatever.

This extra extension will now go into the actual enrolled certificate…


Next we’ll need to teach the ADDS how to map that extension to an actual Security Group. This can be done using the weird PowerShell script provided by Microsoft, but let’s do it manually here (it goes way faster!)

The link between the OID we just created and a security group is a policy defined in the regular SYSTEM partition of ADDS. Open it either using ADSIEDIT or the Sites and Services mmc.

Ofcourse we’re working with the Public Key Services, OID config, and there are all the policies stored. We’re looking for the OID of the policy we created earlier (add the “displayname” to the mmc-colums to make your life easier).

If you’ve found the correct object, rightmouseclick it, open attributes, and search for the “msDS-OIDToGroupLink” attribute.

⭐ This is the magic attribute ⭐

Fill in the DN of the security group.
And you’re good to go!


Next steps are of course the enrollment and issuance of the CA template to the correct users. But I hope you know how that works 😉
From here on you can either put it in a Virtual Smart Card, and start using it!


More of those bloody scheduled tasks that get re-enabled when you disable them… 😦

Office 15 Subscription Heartbeat
Scheduled Start
Scheduled Start With Network
Microsoft Office 15 Sync Maintenance
.NET Framework NGEN v4.0.30319
Idle Sync Maintenance Task
Idle Maintenance
Routine Maintenance Task
Regular Maintenance
.NET Framework NGEN v4.0.30319 64


Anyway, thanks to my beloved search engine, i stumbled on yet another stackoverflow/superuser thread concerning this same issue:

Just disable that bloody “Maintenance Configurator” task using local system privileges

Result: no more fans spinning up when I lock my laptop! ❤