VPN/IPSEC tunnel

J.Witvliet at mindef.nl J.Witvliet at mindef.nl
Mon Dec 6 04:38:14 UTC 2010

Does not agree,

"People" claim that openvpn is supposedly easier to configure, compared with *swan.

However, for a _very_ simple tunnel that migth be true, but most of the problems people encounter with ipsec are often related to either certificates, CA's, routing, or smartcards. And they will encouter likewise problems (but other syntax) when using openvpn.

When confronted with more complex network setup (mesh topology), scalability, or ipv6 your best (or even only) option remains ipsec.

Interoperability with existing vpn products? Forget openvpn!

Even for very simple hapsnap tunnels one might even consider the tunnel capabilities of openssh.....


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Verzonden: Sat Dec 04 21:41:35 2010
Onderwerp: Re: VPN/IPSEC tunnel

On Sat, 04 Dec 2010 13:32:04 -0430
Patrick O'Callaghan <pocallaghan at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sat, 2010-12-04 at 18:57 +0100, Luc MAIGNAN wrote:
> > Is openVPN can make IPSec tunnels or just SSL ?
> I believe it's fully IPSec compliant. 

Nope. Openvpn uses it's own ssl based protocol. It cannot directly
interoperate with ipsec tunnels. ;) 

That said, if you have control over both endpoints, IMHO openvpn is a
vastly better choice than ipsec. 


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