CardAuthenticateChallenge function

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The CardAuthenticateChallenge function, defined by a smart card module, submits a response to a challenge issued by a smart card to authenticate a user.


DWORD WINAPI CardAuthenticateChallenge(
  _In_      PCARD_DATA pCardData,
  _In_      PBYTE      pbResponseData,
  _In_      DWORD      cbResponseData,
  _Out_opt_ PDWORD     pcAttemptsRemaining


pCardData [in]

A pointer to the CARD_DATA structure received from a call to the CardAcquireContext function.

pbResponseData [in]

A pointer to a buffer that contains the response to the corresponding challenge received as the ppbChallengeData parameter of a previous call to the CardGetChallenge function.

cbResponseData [in]

The size, in bytes, of the pbResponseData buffer.

pcAttemptsRemaining [out, optional]

A pointer to the count of remaining authentication attempts. The counter contains the number of times that an incorrect PIN can be submitted before the card is blocked.

If this function has already returned zero through this parameter and is called again, the function fails and returns SCARD_W_CHV_BLOCKED.

If the value of this parameter is NULL, the smart card module ignores it.

Card modules that do not support a count of remaining authentication attempts should return a value of 1 for this parameter.

Return value

If the function succeeds, it returns zero.

If the function fails, it returns a nonzero error value or one of the following possible error values.

Return code/value Description
2148532331 (0x8010006B)
The response is not the correct response to the specified challenge.
2148532332 (0x8010006C)
The card has been blocked after too many attempts that use the wrong response data.


This authentication technique is normally used for privileged operations such as unblocking a user's PIN. To help avoid possible identity spoofing, card module implementations should require that identical challenge and response values are not used more than once.


Minimum supported client
Windows XP [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server
Windows Server 2003 [desktop apps only]

See also

Microsoft Base Smart Card Cryptographic Service Provider