[Olsr-dev] olsrd web of trust plug-in

Henning Rogge (spam-protected)
Mon Dec 22 13:58:00 CET 2008

On Montag 22 Dezember 2008 13:50:57 you wrote:
> Has anyone taken a look at using IPSec?

> The most recent kernel has support
> for the ixp4xx crypto engine, [1] and the patch submitter uses it for IPSec
> [2].  My VPN experience started with SSH adding tun/tap, then I moved to
> openvpn (UDP works _much_ better).  I'm still trying to find the time to
> build a small IPSec setup for testing.
> I just haven't had the time to figure out how it would apply to olsrd. 
> Would you create a VPN to each neighbor (good for backbone meshes where
> users don't have olsrd installed), or do point-to-point?  Or maybe there's
> a way to do hybrid?

IPSec is nice for unicasts... but it get's a lot more difficult for broadcasts 
(or even flooded broadcasts).

And it's as fast/slow as any other encryption system using the same basic 
algorithm (for example: AES for symmetric or RSA/ECC for asymmetric)...
> > Unless you plan to use desktop CPUs you will be limited to very small
> > networks...
> This is the only reason I'm considering IPSec, despite it's complexity,
> hardware acceleration would make embedded applications possible.
Hardware acceleration would increase the speed of all encryption algorithms of 
a certain type... so GPG might gain the same amount of speed boost as IPSec.

Of course most routers don't have hardware acceleration, but that is another 
story... ;)


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