[Openswan Users] OpenSwan compatible with other ipsec software?

Michael Schwartzkopff ms at sys4.de
Tue Dec 2 09:49:41 EST 2014

Am Dienstag, 2. Dezember 2014, 14:37:24 schrieb Denny Bortfeldt:
> Hello everyone,
> I've got a little question about openswan.
> There are "left"- and "right"-settings you've to set in the
> openswan-configuration. E.g.: left=
> leftsubnet=
> leftid=@a.example.com
> leftrsasigkey=0sAQNe...
> leftnexthop=%defaultroute
> right=
> rightsubnet=
> rightid=@b.example.com
> rightrsasigkey=7xoprFh...
> rightnexthop=%defaultroute
> auto=start
> So now my question:
> Let us assume our VPN-partner use racoon to establish an IPSec tunnel. Do
> the partner or we have to set special parameters? Who is the left one and
> who is the right one or is this not important? Thank you very much in
> advance and sorry for the dump question but I couldn't find any useful
> stuff on google :-\

No. the IKE protocol does not know about "right" and "left". it is only used 
to identify the connection on the local machine. So you can connect to a 
racoon machine. It is only important that your machine can identify itself 
with one side: Either right or left.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

Michael Schwartzkopff

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