The company Ecsec has developed an eID login app for Nextcloud as part of a development contract from the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). With it, the online ID function of the electronic ID card can be used to log into a Nexcloud instance. The open source project is primarily intended to allow users of the federal cloud Nextclouds to log in with the eIDAS security level “high”. In addition, Ecsec provides an eID connection with SkIDentity on the client side.
“BSI template for open source community”
Ecsec had one BSI tender won, which should generally facilitate the integration of eID in widespread applications. This includes Nextcloud as one of the ITZ-Bund’s cloud offers for the so-called federal cloud. The eID-Login-App is available directly in the Nextcloud app store and can be set up by the Nextcloud administrator with one click. After that, all that remains is to equip the respective clients with an eID link for the electronic identity card. One shows how this works Screencast from Ecsec using the in-house SkIDentity service as an example.
According to Ecsec, electronic identification at the “high” eIDAS level has so far only been offered in special eGovernment solutions. “It is great that Nextcloud is the first mainstream platform that supports ID cards with an online ID function for strong authentication and identification,” said Nextcloud founder Frank Karlitschek in a Press release. At Ecsec, we are curious to see whether the open source community can accept the BSI’s template and use it in other login contexts.