[Openswan dev] Re: [Openswan Users] Re: KLIPS or NETKEY on 2.6 kernels

Michael Richardson mcr at sandelman.ottawa.on.ca
Tue Apr 26 23:07:23 CEST 2005


>>>>> "Paul" == Paul Wouters <paul at xelerance.com> writes:
    >> A little bit near-topic, is this the same issue why IPcomp isn't
    >> working between 2.6.x kernels and Check Point FW-1? I did only a
    >> test with racoon some time ago and it looked like an SA problem
    >> (afair IPcomp SA was separated from encryption SA).

    Paul> That is often the case when racoon is misconfigured. People
    Paul> often do not believe it, because racoon interops with itself
    Paul> in such a broken configuration.

  It isn't really racoon's fault.
  racoon doesn't try to involve itself with policy --- it is just a
keying daemon.  

  It assumes that the kernel knows exactly what policy it wants. If you
get the input to setkey wrong, then racoon happily does the wrong thing.

  It's a good idea --- putting the configuration in the kernel where the
applications can set it --- unfortunately, it isn't done right.

  The policy needs to be *fully* specifiable in that interface,
including phase 1 IDs, authentication materials (RSA keys, PSKs, etc.).
Of course, few application writers (think "Mozilla" or "Evolution")
want to deal with such things, yet alone should end-users be given such

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