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Device Manufacturer Capabilities (Symbian Signed)

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Created: hamishwillee (16 Dec 2010)
Last edited: hamishwillee (20 Jul 2012)


What are Device Manufacturer Capabilities?

TCB (Trusted Computing Base), DRM and AllFiles are the most sensitive capabilities within the Symbian platform Platform Security model.

These capabilities can only be granted by the a Device Manufacturer and so you will need to speak to them directly, as outlined below, in order to be granted these capabilities.

This article explains how to get access to these capabilities for specific manufacturers.

How to Get Access to These Capabilities


The process steps are as follows:

  • A user requests a Developer Certificate (Open Signed Offline) for AllFiles, DRM, and/or TCB through the Symbian Signed website.
  • The request is evaluated from a technical and commercial point of view by Nokia. Nokia may contact you if there is a need for more information to be submitted.
  • If the evaluation is successful, a legal agreement related to DRM liabilities must be signed.
  • The Developer Certificate will then be granted to you. Nokia will provide you with details of how to access the "Symbian Signed for Nokia" website where you can submit the application to be Symbian Signed.
  • The testing will be performed against the Symbian Signed Test Criteria and Nokia's own test criteria.

After the application has passed "Symbian Signed for Nokia" testing it is Symbian Signed and the application will be available to download through your "Symbian Signed for Nokia" account.

The application must define the manufacturer ID (S60 Platform and device identification codes) in the PKG file so that it can only be installed to the devices from the same platform. It is also possible to limit the installation to a specific Nokia device or devices.

It is highly recommended that the part of the application which requires the above-mentioned Capabilities is packaged into a separate SIS file. This SIS file will have the required Capabilities and you can embed this SIS file in the main application SIS file in application distribution. This avoids going through Symbian Signed for Nokia testing when changes are made to the main application SIS file.

Sony Ericsson

  • Request a Developer Certificate (Open Signed Offline) for any of the Capabilities AllFiles, DRM or TCB through the Symbian Signed site.
  • The request is evaluated from a technical and commercial point of view by Sony Ericsson. For this request to be granted the developer should have a business contact within Sony Ericsson.
  • Apply for Sony Ericsson channel access for Symbian Signed at
  • Submit the application and Capability Request Form. The Capability Request Form can be found at Symbian Signed Forms and Documents.
  • Before submitting the application it must be signed with a Publisher ID. A Capability Request Form must also be submitted with the application since all applications are granted on a per application basis.
  • The testing will be performed against the Symbian Signed Test Criteria and Sony Ericsson test criteria.

If the application is targeted for a specific device this must also be specified in the PKG file.

After the application has passed "Symbian Signed for Sony Ericsson" testing it is Symbian Signed, and the application will be available through your 'Symbian Signed for Sony Ericsson' account.


For details of how to get Device Manufacturer Capabilities for Samsung devices, contact in the first instance.

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