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password authenticated connection establishment (PACE)

Password Authenticated Connection Establishment (PACE) is a security protocol used in the electronic identity card (ePA). PACE means something like password authenticated connection establishment. PACE is about the encrypted transmission of data via an end-to-end connection

. The entire security procedure for reading data from an electronic ID card consists of the authentication cycle between the card reader and the card chip performed by Extended Access Control (EAC), Password Authenticated Connection Establishment (PACE), and Restricted Identification

(RI). As far as authentication is concerned, it is usually performed using the cardholder's Personal Identification Number (PIN).

In case of external verification by authorized officials, they use the card access number (CAN). This authentication enables access to the identity card, which works with RFID. As far as transmission is concerned, the PACE protocol is comparable to the TLS protocol, Transport LayerSecurity (TLS).

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Englisch: password authenticated connection establishment - PACE
Updated at: 22.12.2011
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