[Openswan Users] openswan and _updown (quagga)

Brian Candler B.Candler at pobox.com
Tue Mar 14 11:20:50 CET 2006

On Tue, Mar 14, 2006 at 11:12:10AM +0100, Fabio wrote:
> Each gateway has ipsec.conf 2 connection defined: example gateway A has:
> 	conn A-B
> 		...
> 		left=
> 		right=
> 		leftsubnet=
> 		rightsubnet=
> 		...
> 	conn A-C
> 		...
> 		left=
> 		right=
> 		leftsubnet=
> 		rightsubnet=
> 		...
> Problem: when all connection are UP, it's ok, example: ping from a client of 
> gateway C and a client of gateway B ended successfully. If a connection go 
> down, quagga updates routes correctly but VPN connection doesn't work, 
> example: ping  ping from a client of gateway C and a client of gateway B have 
> to cross gateway A but ping doesn't reach gateway C.

I expect that's because the ping has a source of 192.168.102.X and a
destination of 192.168.101.Y, but the tunnels from C to A and from A to B do
not match those combinations of source and destination, and therefore will
not carry them.

The generic way to solve this problem is to use GRE or IP-IP tunnels
protected by IPSEC *transport* mode. This is documented in RFC 3884. In this
case, the security policy protects traffic between the GRE/IP-IP tunnel
endpoints, and does not care about the original source or destination IP
addresses of the encapsulated packets.

Whether it is possible to set this up using Openswan I don't know, as I've
never tried to use transport mode with it. I think it will work with



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